From time to time, I think it is good to reflect on the beauties of the world rather than spend so much time on the difficulties and tragedies that exist. It is good for the soul and especially good for the emotions and good mental health. The Holy Scripture tells us of the beauty of God’s creation for which we are caretakers. His glory is seen in all the earth.
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Psalm 24:1,2
Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? Ezekiel 34:18
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12
Therefore, today, I’d like to take you to a place that my husband and I have enjoyed in the past...JAPAN. Even though we did not visit this particular place, Tsumago, we did have the opportunity to see the Fall leaves and Mt. Fuji.
In Tsumago, Japan, the restoration effort over the last fifty years or more has been to restore the buildings as they would have been hundreds of years ago. From the 1950’s, they started to get rid of all concrete buildings and as a reformer said, “We must reverse the trend to Americanize the village…”
This is what they have done and brought back the old crafts that have been part of their heritage. Great cypress trees grow there that could reach to a thousand years old. However, the cutting of the trees has led to much younger trees that Japan has now made a national treasure. No cutting is allowed without a permit.
“It was in 1950 that the inhabitants of Tsumago decided to take matters in hand and restore the historic buildings in this once busy village. Like its neighbor, Magome, it was an important stop on the Nakasendo road during the Edo period, one of the five paths used by merchants and knights on the Tokyo-Kyoto route. The results of the restoration are quite surprising when you visit Tsumago, the “time machine” effect works perfectly due to a blend of careful renovations and strict rules (such as cars not being allowed in the main street, and invisible electric cables, because they are buried underground. ” (Taken from Japan Experience)
The video, below, also shows how people of Tsumago came together to make their town historically correct as they removed many of the eye-sores such as advertisement signs and unsightly wires and poles. The Japanese have great respect for their customs, history and nature. They make an effort to use the woods of their forests respectfully and to keep God’s beautiful world a thing of joy for many generations to come. Deciding to slow down the pace of life and reflect on the great beauties around us is a wonderful example and lesson to learn.
Turn up your sound. ( Click and watch on You Tube if says “blocked.”)