During the rush hour, we can’t take the train with the children of course. But if you go a little later, it’s ok. Our baby is just two months old; it has been sleeping all the way here. I guess my heartbeat is the best lullaby. We are living in Chiba, you can live a more relaxed life as a family there. But today we came to Tokyo to visit the Ueno Zoo. Our boy is looking forward to the pandas and the elephants.
The first rays of sunshine are appearing. Finally, it’s time to replace the umbrella with a parasol.
“My first name means “philosopher” and my last name means “forest”. You could say I am the philosopher of the woods. I visit the shrine when I happen to come across one or when I feel like it. In Shintoism we believe, that Gods are living in all things, thus also in the trees and rocks here around us. Visiting the shrine makes me feel close to my ancestors.”
“My grandparents founded this church. It wasn’t easy for them at the beginning; there are only few Christians in Japan. Most people here aren’t very religious. They visit a temple or a shrine from time to time, but that’s all. My faith means a lot to me. An important part of it is the music; my mother plays the organ in our church. We used to have a language school too, because languages unite people. But since people have started offering internet lessons, we had to close the school.”