"Night's candles are burnt out
and jocund day
on the misty mountain tops."*
Last year in Japan in November when the fingerprinting for non-Japanese legislation came into effect, I took a walk on Konpira-san mountain where I tried to lift my spirits by taking pictures of a place I knew I would not walk again. There was a great deal of regret and sadness then, as there still is now.
Yet today I find myself feeling hopeful that things will improve after the American election and in celebration of that hope I'm posting a few pictures from that walk.
(*Romeo to Juliet, in a situation the complete antithesis of this, but nevertheless, as is usual with Shakespeares's plays, the poetry is versatile and subject to frequent misquotation.)