On The Water

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on the water
the reflection
of a wanderer

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Fabrizio Frosini 08 June 2016

'' mizu ni kage aru tabibito de aru '' '' the reflection in the water: / it's a traveler ''

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Fabrizio Frosini 08 June 2016

Renouncing the world, drifting here and there, living close to nature, settling now and then in a hermitage, and dying alone is a type of spirituality especially appreciated by the Japanese. Many of their favorite poets, priests, and artists were wanderers - Saigyo, Ippen Shonin, Basho, Sesshu, Enku, to name a few. A life of travel is an abandoning of all that seems permanent or stable; life is reduced to absolute essentials, in the present moment, free of ordinary restrictions or constraints.

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Fabrizio Frosini 05 June 2016

'' wanderer '' Santoka is said to have walked more than twenty-eight thousand miles during his travels as a wandering monk

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