February 23, 2017
On the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) on the way from Tokyo to Kyoto. There is something so civilized when one travels on a train compared to a flying machine. For one, I can watch the landscape unfold onto another world. It's a leap into the future as the Shinkansen moves at the speed of 200 mph. From my window, I can see Mount Fuji, which is a ghost mountain. Osamu Dazai wrote this amazing short story about Mount Fuji, "One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji," and how it is so prominent in one's life. The last scene of the story is when tourists come upon the narrator (who we presume is Dazai) and ask him to take a photograph of them with Mount Fuji in the background. He gave them time to pose, and then without them knowing, Dazai focused the camera upward on taking a photo of the mountain, leaving the tourists out of their photograph. Sometimes a location is even greater than the individual.