The Art Island of Teshima (Japan 2014 Day 10.1)

This morning I meet up again with my sister, Aleisha, and a friend of hers, Karen. After a big breakfast in our Okayama hotel, we head south via two trains to Uno, a port town on Japan’s Inland Sea, and get on the ferry to Teshima. Continue reading The Art Island of Teshima (Japan 2014 Day 10.1)

The day I shaved my beard off (Japan 2014 Day 6.2)

25 July 2014 — Overnight I have a dream with my mother in it. Ever since I read a book of Jung’s writings about dreams – over a decade ago in the Scottish highlands – I’ve taken my parents appearing in my dreams as representatives of my relationship with the two countervailing forces that unite us all: yin/yang, force/yield, pull/pull, masculine/feminine, anima/animus, action/inaction – there are seemingly endless interpretations of these binary polarities. My relationship with my dream mother felt strange, and wrong, so I take it as sign from my unconscious that my balance is off-kilter. Continue reading The day I shaved my beard off (Japan 2014 Day 6.2)

Meeting the gods at Atsuta Shrine (Japan 2014 Day 6.1)

15 July 2014 (Part 1) Atsuta Shrine

This morning I set out early from Nagoya to visit Atsuta Shrine, an important Shinto shrine, rarely visited by tourists. Unlike almost everywhere else in Japan I went, there we no signs in English. In a trip that had already been amazing, it was the best yet. Continue reading Meeting the gods at Atsuta Shrine (Japan 2014 Day 6.1)