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After lunch we headed to the Geibi Gorge. This area is known for its fantastically-shaped rock formations towering high above the Satetsu River. Honestly,....we were about a week early. The cherry blossoms were just barely visible as you can see in the picture to the left.
The gorge was very interesting and it was fun riding in the flat ...
... the countless buildings across Japan. That's a good thing, as there is very little else left standing in Hiraizumi and the attractions mainly consist of foundation stones marking the locations of once grand buildings. Riding around in the bus covering all the different sites across town, the driver anticipated the boredom of the passengers and started singing old songs about the region. At least that is what the others told us.
... 2009. Again as part of the Ship for World Youth, I was one of twelve lucky Canadians given the opportunity to experience a home-stay visit with a local family in Morioka, capital city of Iwate Prefecture. The area along with Fukushima and Miyagi prefecture, from what I understand were some of the hardest areas hit.
While in Morioka, I had the chance to stay with the Ishigame family enjoying the humor of their two young boys Atsushi and ...
I was concerned over the younger generation. Whether they bought into the strict rules of the society placed upon them and most importantly whether they bought into this idea of Japan as a peaceful, non-violent nation. I feel the potential for a bubbling resentment, a need for the outlet for youthful rebellion. Is there no anger at the lot many people have drawn in life? Is there no hunger for a bit of a good old-fashioned punch-up, a bout of pointless violence?
... of some terrifying anime character. And yet these monsters are not designed to scare people or their little sons and daughters for they are good ogres. Unpredictable and hairy, yes, but good, and their purpose is to scare off some other predator, ward off some other evil. In this sense, as with shaman they are both wild and dangerous but ultimately protective and healing.