In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
I Love You, Japan
Oh Japan! You Sumo Smashing, Sake Pounding, Salary Man Business Suit Street Sleeping, Geisha Gowning, Samurai Swording, Ninja Knifing, and Sushi Stuffing Country. You're the Best!
Japan has everything: Hidden Secret Gardens.
Incredible Street Shrines.
Even the wood seems older than in other Asian places.
They combine this perfect style with a quality of craftsmanship that is unrivaled in Asia.
So many of the countries in Asia I travel to are unfinished. They are developing... buildings, streets, houses, people... they are unrefined and unpolished, but not here. No, Japan is a fully realized vision of art.
And yes... they keep their sense of humor too.
Wandering around the streets of Japan you marvel at their order, their complexity in all aspects of life. Whether it's the old man stirring noodles to perfection or the grandfather in 'spit-polished' police uniform standing as still as a statue directing traffic, or the driver who speaks into the specially designated 'taxi phone' at the back entrance of the museum, or the woman wrapping the silk scarves in linen without a crease... it's endless. The Japanese have mastered it.
It should be the blueprint plan for all of Asia.
Because trust me... they need it!
I love you Japan! Let's go have some adventures together.