|There is a famous poem composed by Saigyo, a Japanese monk of the late Heian and early Kamakura period, about being touched by the sanctity of Jingu of Ise when he visited there.
Nani goto no, owashi masu kawa, shirane,domo, katajike,nasa,ni, namida koboruru
(Although I can’t know what is present, I feel so grateful and blessed, I just can’t help the tears in my eyes.)
The forest of Jingu makes you feel so refreshed and revived, for some unknown reasons, walking in the cool and fresh air among the trees. Not only in the forest of Jingu but also in the nature scenes that surround, we can feel some presence or energy radiates from animals, rocks and water. Just like Saigyo stated, something is present.
Japanese people have cherished nature as multitudinous gods. The origin of Shintoism of Japan is animism, the view that mountains, rivers, grasses, and trees possess spiritual essence. Put simply, Shintoism is a belief in the presences of gods in nature. Whether they are aware or not, the attitude of Shintoism is integrated into the heart of the Japanese people.
Here I would like to introduce some little scenes I captured from nature around Japan. Also, there are some nature scenes that are not entirely natural, that people have helped grow from time to time.
With gratitude for the blessings of nature in my heart, I try to shoot these scenes cordially and courteously.