As I compile this ninth monthly round-up of the year, I am glad that I made the decision to strip back the blog a bit and write just one main post a month. I feel it is more in keeping with my desire to focus on daily life, and means I can slowly collect any pictures (and thoughts) I have as the weeks go by.
In the past, I would have went out of my way to include directions on how to get to a place, or how much it costs to visit. After all, that’s what a travel writer does, isn’t it? Or so I thought. But it’s not a style of writing that particularly appeals to me anymore. For me, the collective flow and feel of my content is more important to me now than actual logistics. Ultimately, I want IKIMASHO to provide a sense of what it is like to live here. Not just be a paint-by-numbers travel site for people looking travel information.
On a personal level, these sporadic posts have also afforded me the opportunity to take a step back and observe just how different each month has been this past year – not just in terms of weather and mood, but also in terms of aesthetics. This month’s post for example, is a lot moodier than August’s; the colours are darker, and the intense summer blues have been replaced by something altogether more atmospheric.
Back in January, I wrote that “a new year begins with blue skies overhead.” There was obviously no mention of COVID-19; that would come just a few weeks later. And yet here we are in September – one million people now dead from a virus that didn’t even exist a year ago.
The world carries on, as does my life in Tokyo. Time waits for no man, as the saying goes. And so I will continue to live my life, and enjoy the things I see and do. Love to you all. Justin/IKIMASHO x