Happy 2018! 明けましておめでとうございます!

(日本語は間も無く追加します)It is officially 2018, and The View wishes all its readers the best of all possible years.  The future is indiscernible and the past a bit frightening, so I suggest we try to live in the moment this year.  Perhaps if we live each day as if it were our last the world would be a better place?  There would be no need to amass indecent amounts of wealth, or to try and climb over our fellow humans in the pursuit of fame, power, or whatever.

It must be admitted that strange things transpired last year.  An old man with a long red necktie and strange hair took up residence in the White House.  He continues to spew electronic missiles that aim to divide rather than unite.  But sudden rises can presage sudden falls.  On this New Year’s Day I hope for better leaders who care for the future of all humanity.  We deserve better.

Following that admittedly unprecedented political outburst, I think it would be wise to turn to less controversial topics.  Photography, anyone?

I can’t seem to get in the mood for cycling lately, but have taken several longish walks with camera during the holidays.  My New Year’s eve was spent rambling through the north side of Tokyo.  Though I’m fairly familiar with this part of the city, I still managed to make new discoveries.  A brief flurry of snow while I visited a small Shinto shrine helped to make the day more memorable. So, to greet the new year, I share images of Japan at the holiday season.  I hope you get a sense of the peacefulness and calm that I found while out walking.

New Year decoration at Johoku Park 城北公園にあった門松

Colors of the season 季節の色

Other colors of the season 冬の美しさ

Suwa Shinto Shrine, Nerima 諏訪神社、練馬区

Suwa Shinto Shrine, Nerima 諏訪神社、練馬区

Suwa Shinto Shrine, Nerima 諏訪神社、練馬区

Myoanji Temple, Nerima-ku 妙安寺、練馬区

Myoanji Temple, Nerima-ku 妙安寺、練馬区

Chomeiji Temple, Itabashi-ku 長命寺、板橋区

Chomeiji Temple, Itabashi-ku 長命寺、板橋区

The staff photographer ブログの写真担当

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