2017年06月02日

Part5. How the Japanese Love to Love Nature

How the Japanese Love to Love Nature

Japanese are fond of telling foreigners how important nature is to them and how much their culture is infused with a love of nature.
They insist that unlike Westerners, the Japanese aim to live in harmony with nature rather than conquer it.
And yet looking around, this special love of nature might seem difficult for the outside observer to perceive.
Few people are in the habit of commemorating the seasons by writing haiku poems anymore.
And the Japanese are just as prone to littering beaches, parks, and hiking paths as anyone else.
Although the popular custom of viewing cherry blossoms in full bloom is often cited as a good example of the Japanese love of nature, any Westerner who has joined this activity finds it hard to enjoy because of the huge crowds, noisy drinkers, and mountains of garbage they leave behind.
Similarly, many a foreign visitor has commented on the unchecked "uglification" of Japan.
No matter where you travel, the beauty o the countryside is marred by ugly concrete structures intended to keep mountains from crumbling and rivers from spilling over.
Moreover, power lines, advertisements, and vending machines present an eyesore everywhere, spoiling the quaintness of rural Japan and taking away the local character of a place.
The biggest shame may be that for many years Mount Fuji could not be recognized as a World Heritage Site simply because it was covered with so much garbage.
Yet the age-old Japanese affinity with nature still does reveal itself in many subtle way for example, in the design of high-rise apartment buildings.
The traditional Japanese house typically had a sort of corridor running around the perimeter that could be opened up on hot summer days to connect every room in the house with the garden outside.
In modern cities, where land is too scarce to build such a house, this yearning to remain connected with a long-lost garden still persists in the construction of a small balcony even on upper floors of high-rises.
Such balconies, which are rarely found in other countries, enable the inhabitants to step outdoors and get whiff of fresh air.
The Japanese also relish seasonal foods.
Although most fruit is available year round, they look forward to eating cherries in summer, pears and grapes in autumn, and mikan oranges in winter.
They know what time of year is best for certain fish. And in autumn, they can't wait for the arrival of French nouveau wine, which fetches a higher price in Japan than in most other countries.
Finally, it must be acknowledged that Japan does have its share of avid outdoorsmen and conservationists, who cherish the outdoors and work hard to protect nature.
Importantly, they include the many nature lovers who have volunteered over the years to haul garbage off the slopes of Mount Fuji.
It makes one feel like writing a haiku poem, doesn't it ?

Caressing clouds cap
Mount Fuji's azure slopes, then
Wisp away again.
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劇場とホーチミン市人民委員会Nhà hát.Ủy ban nhân dân Tp Hồ Chí Minh

劇場とホーチミン市人民委員会。建築物がすばらしい。

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Nha thờ đức bà.Bưu điện trung tâm sài gòn.Hội trường thống nhất

サイゴン大教会、聖母マリア教会(サイゴン、ノートルダム教会)。郵便局。旧南ベトナム政府の官邸。建築物としてはすばらしいものです。旧南ベトナム政府の官邸は入場料30.000vnd約110円。教会として使用されています。そのまま入ることができます。郵便局も営業していますので普通に入ることができます。

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