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Revel in the Emptiness @ Gokoku Shrine (Fukuoka)

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(See more of the Fukuoka journey HERE)

May 2011

What can I say about Japan? It’s the only place in the world where I experienced tranquility in the midst of vastness. The feeling of being the only person in such a huge place is simultaneously humbling and liberating. It is one of the rarest occurrences in life, but for me, one of the most sought after.

We stumbled upon this place while looking for Fukuoka Castle. And fuck, what a discovery. Looking up at those massive wooden pillars, down that vast empty walkway, I felt like I was the only person in the world. How could a place of this magnitude and grace not be overrun with people?!

I did some Capoeira to express my elation.

Approaching the actual shrine the feeling started to leave me (I’ve never felt any connection to monuments of a religious nature). I looked on with disconnected admiration as a Japanese woman completed a ceremony of donating some coins, bowing, and clapping. The sharp clear sound of her hands coming together pierced through the empty silence. It was a very conclusive sound, like the breaking of a spell.

We left shortly after.

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