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Hotarubi no Mori e, Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine, 2011;  Aso-Takamori, Kumamoto prefecture, 18 April 2016

While Natsume Yuujinchou has been my favourite work from Yuki Midorikawa for many years now, I consider Hotarubi no Mori e the chrysalis that started it all.  And far as exploring Japan’s power spots go, Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine  (上色見熊野座神社)  has fascinated me enough to give Mount Aso a miss and divert my travel plans down a less beaten path.

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If there are people out there that are dreamers like me and people out there that wanna do something really special with their lives, you know, sometimes, it’s a challenging thing.

But the people that aren’t dreamers, the people that don’t try to walk that less beaten path they don’t understand. They don’t understand.

But, I do and I know what you’re going through and sometimes, you just have to keep marching forward.

Even when you doubt. Even when you think it’s impossible. You keep doing the work, you keep showing up, you keep focusing. You keep doing and fighting for what you believe in.
And that’s the most important thing.

—  Jared Leto, VyRT Violet Sept. 23