Wanderlust

* via Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust *

thoughts of sheryl
Bunkyo, Tokyo (March 2017)

Traveling for me isn’t just about seeing and capturing spectacular views. I travel not because I only want to be mesmerized by alluring scenes. I travel because I want to be surprised by things that I don’t expect to see. It’s either they will leave me speechless or bug the curiosity out of me. And when that happens, I’m the happiest!

Remember Danny and I went to Nezu Shrine? This photo was taken on our way back to the station as our little exploration came to an end. Not only did it catch my attention, but also drew questions in my head.

“Is this an abandoned place? I don’t think so. Look at the store! Is the owner weird, untidy or something? Why leave it this way? Maybe not, there must be a reason. What could it be?”

The view wasn’t relaxing like the feeling you get when you see a clear blue sky. It wasn’t superb either. It was rather quaint. As quaint as it was, it still made our little trip noteworthy. You see, the art of seeing is sometimes taken for granted when traveling because one only expects things to be stellar and stuff. Try to look at the “other” things and see what difference they will make.

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11 thoughts on “Wanderlust

  1. I definitely have to wanderlust bug. Travel is continuously on the mind. Love too when I experience things, places that weren’t on the schedule, ones that are off the beaten path. Those are the best kind in my opinion. Cheers! 🙂

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  2. I agree! Interesting characteristic of Tokyo is the old right next to the new.
    A little east of the Nezu Shrine, between Ueno-koen and the Yanaka Cemetery in Taito-ku is the Yoshida Sake Store, a restored traditional old-style sake store from the turn of the last century (you can go inside). The sign above the entrance still has burns, as it marked the northern edge of the fires from bombing at the end of WWII. The old building is a curious site, as it’s surrounded by modern high-rise apartments and businesses.

    I lived in Katsushika-ku near Mizumoto-koen. At nearby Shibamata-koen along the Edo-gawa, there was was a pole-ferry (Yakiri-no-watashi) that still took people across the river (maybe still?). Once, as the ferry was traveling across in one direction, the Narita Express train came flying across the railway bridge in the background. Four-hundred years of history in a single moment!

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