Japan’s elemental story is waiting to be told. It’s such a remarkable story that I’ve decided to write a book and a blog about it. I’d love you to join me on my exploration of the elements in the Land of the Rising Sun. It’s a journey of amazement and beauty, spanning traditional and modern Japan, where the elements are both friend and foe. The recent earthquake in Kyushu is a telling example of damage that can be caused by the forces of nature. The expression of the elements, both benign and destructive, helps makes Japan the nation it is.
Today is May 1st and this is my first post about Elemental Japan. It was written in Kameoka, near Kyoto. On April 27th and 28th 2016 I flew from Hobart, Tasmania to Sydney, then to Tokyo, and then onto Osaka. From there my friend Kimura-san drove me to Kameoka. Quite a journey. This is my first visit to Japan where the prime focus is on the elements. It’s very exciting. The blog will share my impressions, observations and images along the way. It will be informal, informative and perhaps even inspirational!
In conjunction with this blog I’ll be undertaking systematic research for the book version/s of ‘Elemental Japan‘ that will weave all of the threads together. It’s a vast and fascinating topic so I’m looking forward to your input, experiences and expertise.
I have already composed some blog posts on the elements in Japan. They are embedded in Fire up Water down, a blog where I have been exploring the elements at a global scale for over two years. Some of the posts focus solely on Japan or have Japan as a main focus. The following links give a flavour of what’s in store in this blog:
Northern transitions, Hokkaido inspirations – this post contains a poem that I wrote about the elements when travelling in Hokkaido with my husband in 2014.
Unlocking the hidden messages in water – a post written to mark the passing of Masaru Emoto, a Japanese who studied the impact of different types of energy on water.
Solving the mystery of the six pointed star, in a way – this post is about the Asanoha, a traditional pattern in Japan which is based on a stylised hemp leaf.
Fire and water, Shinto style – in May 2014 I visited (twice) the shrines and temples on and near Mt Kurama, which is located north of Kyoto. This post relates my experiences.
The way of the drum – this post was written in May 2015, three months after I started learning taiko drumming in Hobart, Tasmania. It relates the strong links between the elements and drumming, in Japan and worldwide.
And finally, here is a post that touches on consciousness as an element in Esoteric Buddhism.
Let the story of Elemental Japan unfold.