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Mukashi Michi Rocks 1

On such an innocent trail, even there, the spirits lurk.

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Sundays have always been the time for the droning of a lone airplane, passing overhead outside the window.

Mukashi Michi Rocks 2

When I read The Lord of the Rings as a teenager I often walked in the woods and imagined the denizens of the books hiding behind tree trunks and boulders.

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Naruto Carni PLant Sanctuary

When I lived in Naruto I would go on very long walks. One place that would bring me peace and make me feel less lonely was this quiet nature reserve about 20 minutes walk from my apartment.

Naruto Cat Tails

I hardly ever saw anyone in this area. So few people passed through that the egrets and night herons and grey herons relaxed and settled down here to roost. I would sit for hours listening to their calls at night.

Naruto Favorite Getaway

People often talk of their secret hideaways when they were kids, but seem to think they are unnecessary when we get older, but I think such places are even more important as adults. They help center us and soften the harshness of everyday life.

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Meiji Jingu Gate

A different tack, back in the city, into the heart of gods and fate.

Meiji Jingu Wedding

I’m not sure how I would feel with all those strangers and tourists taking pictures of my wedding…

Meiji Jingu Sitting

Dusk fell and the gate guard began industriously shooing us out.

Meiji Jingu Gilded Gate

No matter how many times I turn up at them, many shrines have a way of instilling great peace.

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Maruyama Beast Tree

I began to see spirits in every nook and cranny.

Maruyama Ghost Trail

I was on a ghost walk… but the truth is that it was raining so hard and the air so humid that my lens fogged up at this point. The rest of the trip was taking pictures through a mist…

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…and though I was irritated at first, I began to have fun seeing everything in a different way.

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Maruyama Walk Opa Forest

Walking here reminded me of my walks with my grandfather in the hills east of Hannover, Germany where I was born.

Maruyama Tree Hall

This was just beyond a rope gate along the trail…though there was no one there I had goosebumps as I passed through, feeling there was someone watching and that in the area beyond the gate some dangerous creature haunted.

Maruyama Walk Trailside Rhododendron

Photographs of flowers in the mountains can seem cliche, but as the trail got darker I welcomed the bright color.

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Maruyama Rounding Bend

One of the strongest memories I have of childhood in Japan is little paths like this in the mountains, where I spent days catching insects and watching birds.

Maruyama Bright Leaves Dark Trail

Who says plants can’t jump out at you?

Maruyama Rising Forest

As the rain intensified a feeling of foreboding crept into the walk. I felt as if a minor god was watching me.

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It doesn’t matter how many times I walk a trail, I am always moved by what appears at every turn.

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It’s the moving through the places that keeps me enthralled.

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A good photograph lights up more than the camera lens; there is a sense of pulling back the curtains and being bathed in the morning sunlight.

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Spring brings all things bright green and replenished.

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You spend a lot of time looking at your feet when you go for long walks.

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Trees are great big hands grabbing clots of earth.

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Your heart begins to sing when the road leaves the earth behind.

Maruyama Walk Cut Trees Curve

I wonder how trees feel about being pruned all the time?

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When you live on top of a hill do you dream of being trained to reach still higher?

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Trees do move; you just don’t see it.

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In the wind, they creaked.

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In Tokyo, sometimes I wish for the mountains so much, that distant clouds turn into mountain ranges.