Light Invades Darkness – Japan: The Long Road

Fallen sakura blossoms on a path.

Being in Tokyo is the sort of experience I have only been able to dream about till now. I have wanted to come here since I was a little kid. I am reminded of a wonderful quote from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings,

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

This entire quote sums up where I feel like I am at. I stepped out onto the road with a purpose, but everything is trying to pull me off. Like a divine game of tug-of-war, I am standing in the middle deciding which voice I want to follow. The road goes on, but it goes through sad places and places of hurt. There are many places to turn back. There are many places to hide and remain stagnant. The simplest way to say this is: this is impossible. I am to weak to do any of this on my own. This means that when I reach some place amazing, all the glory will belong to God. I follow the God who makes the impossible reality. This is not easy to live out, though. I believe that God will do all of the course correction, because he is good. I need to focus on him and what he says in order to find myself heading in the direction that he wants me to go to. Like Abram (aka Abraham), we are all called to a place (metaphorical) that we don’t know of yet. If you don’t believe me, ask God. However, if he tells you something, you will be held responsible for that call, like Jonah and all the prophets of the Old Testament. If you don’t believe that God is real, ask him if he is.

Anyway, I wanted to show you guys some more photos. I took all these photos while going for a walk along the Edogawa River. The scenery was very beautiful.

View of the Edogawa River.
View of the Edogawa River from a bridge.
A random street.

7 thoughts on “Light Invades Darkness – Japan: The Long Road

      1. I’ve already lost my charger! xD First time in four years. At least it’s keeping good company with my Nook charger, wherever that’s gone off to….

  1. I absolutely love these kind of photos. I’m always admiring scenes like these from anime and films, not to mention news clips from Japan, and I have to wonder how much of it is real and how much is the idealized vision of Japan that “they” want us to see. I’m wary of romanticizing it too much because I don’t know how much of it actually looks like this and how much might look just like the boring, soul-draining suburbs that we have here.

    1. The biggest thing I have learned about photography in Tokyo is, find the road less travelled. All the pictures that I took, are from walking around and exploring the area around where I am staying. All the buildings are very different, and nothing that I have seen lacks personality. Also, I have no photography training, and I don’t have a computer to edit the photos (no Photoshop on my friends laptop that I am borrowing, so sad). These pictures were all taken on my point and shoot Samsung 12.2 Mega Pixel SL605. So, if you get off the beaten path, you will see just how beautiful it really is.

  2. Wow, I love your photos! I went to Tokyo a few years ago, but around the winter time. I would have loved to come there around the time of sakura season. Seeing your photos, now I know I must go back and experience Tokyo in the spring.

    1. The sakura blossoms were so beautiful!!! They bloomed a bit late this year, but they were amazing. The bloom for about two weeks. The picture I took for this post was taken after almost all of the blossoms had fallen.

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