Archeological evidence places the first human settlement on the islands of Japan at approximately 10,000BC, about 12,000 years ago.
That’s hard to conceive in a country where our 126 year old ClockTower warrants a landmark designation.
Kyoto is one of Japan’s oldest cities, so there is a calm that hangs in the air that is comforting for its perceivable wisdom and patience.
Kurama is an ancient village about 70 minutes north of Kyoto by rail, up into the mountains.
The earth is pristine and the air is so clean it’s intoxicating, and the sense of “let it be” is unmistakable.
What a great, maturing experience.
I love my country.
Our freedoms are the envy of the modern world.
But we can be such a frenzied, aggressive and clueless little culture, running hard in ever-tightening circles chasing our dreams of happiness not realizing peace is already here, living inside.
All we have to do is quiet down and tap into it.