dews of adashino

"If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino, but lingered on forever in the world, how things would lose their power to move us! The most precious thing in life is its uncertainty. […] The May fly waits not for the evening, the summer cicada knows neither spring nor autumn. What a wonderfully unhurried feeling it is to live even a single year in perrfect serenity"

Essays in Ideleness, Kenko

"The power of things to move us" is used here to refer to the well known Japanese concept of mono no aware, which can also be translated as "the passing of things" or "the pity of things."


Adashino is the name of a graveyard which used to be situated in north-west Kyoto, close to the area of Torrimoto where my photograph was taken.