Blissed out

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Being here produces an almost constant high for me.  It’s allowed me to appreciate the drizzly days and foggy nights happening recently in Kyoto as being as beautiful and welcome as the sunny bright days. It’s admiring the magnificence of a huge polished wood counter when out for dinner at a neighborhood restaurant and the elegant perfection of an old machiya.

It’s the almost constant delight taken in Japanese design and the surprises waiting for me each time I leave my building.

diorama made from silk cocoons.
antique case in front of shop holding bonsai

It’s feeling completely at one with my surroundings, of releasing into the moment.  It’s visiting with friends and being grateful for their enrichment of my life. It’s going to a big Ikenobo display, feeling a bit underwhelmed, then suddenly concentrating on a small piece of the arrangement and watching the small miracles of a single flower come into focus.

There’s a wholeness here that permeates the everyday culture.  The exchanged smiles, the unfailing politeness between people, the deep listening and awareness of the other.  The delight taken in acknowledgement.  The reverence for nature and the seasons and history is beautiful despite the urge to modernize and the sometimes degrading influence of tourism.

nursery school picnic in arashiyama, kyoto.

I’ll be the first to admit that as an outsider I can only understand a small percentage of the reality of life here.  I am free of the famous family and friend obligations that are imposed by the society.  My assessment and response is purely personal.  I do not understand the language, so much of the communication here goes sailing right over my head.  I do not work here, so I have the freedom that a retired life permits.

looking out the window!

My age indicates that my years are now numbered, but the glow of the setting sun is pure gold, and I’m often in a state of what I can only call bliss.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Akuokuo says:

    How lovely! So glad to have found your site 🙂

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    1. devapnek says:

      Welcome! Thanks for your kind words.

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  2. Mark dendy says:

    I have one correction. You are not retired. You are vibrant and active and for the moment and providing a much-needed. I delight in these writings. And they make me long to take in this culture. Things are well here and we journey forward towards our premier and July.

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  3. Judi Wallner says:

    Beautifully written and illustrated Dianne…so happy for you that you have this time and place.

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    1. devapnek says:

      So many places here where I think of our travels together. thanks Judi!

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  4. Christopher says:

    Vibrant life seen and bliss of place felt through your beautiful sharing!
    Thank you, Dianne!

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    1. devapnek says:

      Thanks, Christopher!

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  5. Nancy Craft says:

    Missing Kyoto – Living vicariously!

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  6. Susan Ward says:

    I can only respond—-FAR OUT!!!!

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