A forest of the University of Tokyo.

 Taking a walk is my favorite time when I become so frustrated. Especially, I like doing it in a forest of the University of Tokyo or To-dai Noujou, located near my home in West Tokyo. What makes it so special place for me? First of all, it's so quiet and peaceful because there are not so many people, and moreover, cars are prohibited from entering besides the specific ones for working inside it. As I across a main gate, no more noisy sound follows me. Birds sing in a shade of trees, small insects go back and forth on brown soil.

 Although it's originally a research field of the University of Tokyo, I've hardly seen someone investigate something. For me, it's like a park to relax.  Here, I found a bunch of lotuses both full bloom and ready to bloom.

 Wow, their leaves are much bigger than my hand :)

You can find many old wooden architecture here and there. Surprisingly, some of them are still in use. In Japan, it's difficult to maintain such old buildings because of repeated huge earthquakes and its culture. Generally speaking, Japanese like something new. Shinto, one of two major religions in Japan, regards newness as an important matter. I think that's a reason why they destroy and create almost the same thing frequently. But, personally I prefer to live with old things :) Visiting there is to confirm who I am, what I like, and how I want to live. I'll be back there soon ;)

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