My photographic representation of an impressionist painting.
Last Sunday, while four states in Australia had bushfires burning out of control, and Melbourne had a high of over 42 degrees Celsius and a thick blanket of smoke hovering over the state, I popped along to look at the fiery colours of the leaves in Yoyogi Park. The park is one of the largest in Tokyo and, including Meiji Shrine, covers a land area of approximately 175,000 acres - a mini forest in the middle of Tokes. It felt like being in bushland in Australia and it was rejuvenating to wander along the paths and soak in the energy from the trees and plants. It was so quiet and peaceful. I couldn't help but think of the firestorms at home and how people are losing their homes and livelihood and how hectares of natural bushland and many species of wildlife are being destroyed.
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Wandered around the shrine to pay my respects to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken, who died in 1912 and 1914, respectively. Meiji Shrine was built to honour them.
I'm not sure what this tree is called, or even what kind of tree it is, as we all know what a shite tour guide I am. I'll call it the prayer tree because people write their prayers down and leave them here. I am nothing, if not a literal lass.
Perhaps you could spare a thought or a prayer to your deity of choice for the people fighting the bushfires in Australia.