Dig for Fire.

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Here you see local farmers harvesting fire in order to sell off to the local Kundalini Yoga practitioners.

If there are two pieces of esoteric knowledge that I could share with you, it’s that:

  1. Japan will challenge your internal compass. And,
  2. Japan will seriously mess up your ability to process urban planning.

Example? Coming from the States as I did, I like to think I had a strong sense of compass directions. As the continental U.S. is a gigantic landmass, it’s not hard to figure out where North and South lie if you can figure out where East and West are. What if you started living on an island? Or more to the point, 6,000+ islands?

For the record, I have given up figuring out which direction I am facing when I am exploring this country.

Then, there’s urban planning.

Spoiler alert: there is no ‘urban planning’ as you would understand it. Streets do not follow the traditional grid structure that you would find in the Americas. And with a population that is as dense, how could they plan urban areas effectively? I’m sure that they do, just as I am sure that they have a system in place that works for them.

For the sake of argument, I live in the ‘countryside’. This is a bit of a misnomer because while you may think of farm houses and rolling hills when you think of the term “countryside”.

They do have that here.

But they also have major urban centers located within a mile of most farms. Take the picture above. 

I am pretty sure that they’re doing some form of composting. I’d ask but I am still a bit sensitive about being stared at like the white devil that I am. If it looks like shit and smells like shit, it will certainly burn like shit.

Which is also the only bad thing about living where I do.