Friday, March 16

Saito Seeing Through Spring Clean Eyes



Japan is an interesting sight these days. The famed sakura are in blossom and everywhere there’s a hint of summer. Bright pinks and soft creams line the roads and paths, vibrant reds dot the bushes and a sea of yellow meets the horizon in Saitobaru. There are tulips (red, pink, yellow) in the road divides and the river which runs past Tsuma Temple is a deep teal emulsion with a coat of living gloss shifting over it and looks amazing bordered by the lush deep greens and hazels of the surrounding trees.

"Bright pinks and soft creams, vibrant reds and a sea of yellow"

Yep, Japan is a sight at the moment; the days seem longer, warmer than last month. Though the weather mostly remains temperate with the occasional break of sunshine and then rain.
Rice paddies reflect in them the grey of the sky with small green spikes disturbing the motionless clouds at uniform intervals.

"Satisfaction can be found in whatever you choose to love"

Japan is a marvel, a real treat for the soul and mind. I had grown so jaded with the changes of the season in England. Each change seeming to only bring a new complaint from someone: “too cold”. “too wet”, “too hot” , “not hot long enough”. Here however each change brings a new romance, a new poetry, and from me a quiet sigh of relief as I realise there’s more to life than money, sex and alcohol. Satisfaction can be found in whatever you want, in whatever you choose to love, yep the romance is back, and my favourite mistress Japan is being as kind and as generous as she has ever before.

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