Saturday, December 15, 2007
THE PHILOSOPHER'S WALK ...!
More than sixty years ago, a renowned Japanese philosopher, Kitaro Nishida, made his mark on Kyoto by walking back and forth along a tree-lined footpath on the banks of the canal leading from the centuries-old Silver Pavilion to the Eikando Temple. Day after day, like clockwork, he walked along the carefully cultivated pathway, creating his own road to spiritual enlightenment in the process. Today, this trail is called Philosopher's Walk in Nishida's memory and it has become something of a Thinking Man's Yellow Brick Road. I checked it out this morning, following the flagstone pathway as it wound its way through quiet, residential streets, past shrines, temples and artisans' workshops. Interestingly, there wasn't a Starbucks to be found but -- fear not -- I'm on my way home and the first thing I'll do on arriving this afternoon is take a nice, philosophical walk to 7th and Montana!