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Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked
Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.
Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!
I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.“
- Autumn In The White Carpathians
- Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA
- Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium
- Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan
- Autumn Path
- Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan
- Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan
- Dark Hedges In Ireland
- Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic
- Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring
In that rant about Hakuouki Urakata, I mentioned what I think is the original Hakuouki’s strong point: the way its fantasy and its history are thematically woven together. In February, before I even had a Hakuouki tumblr, I wrote some reflections on that, which I’m reblogging here.
Started rewatching the Hakuouki anime last night. I’m on Episode 4. And man, I love this anime. I’m a sucker for tragedy and it delivers. This post just concerns the Hakuouki anime. Elements of this apply to the game and various routes of it as well, but I like the anime ending best, because I’m a masochist.
The first time I watched the anime, I spent most of Season 2 in complete despair, sobbing and wondering how much worse it could get. I’d looked up the Shinsengumi on Wikipedia and knew how tragic their fates were, but not whether the anime would go the full way,
This is my third time rewatching it. The first two times were almost two years ago. Hakuouki was what got me into a) Japanese history b) Gintama: two obsessions that have been central to my life since. As a result, on this rewatch, I know a lot more about the historical background and can put the events of the show in context, which is a lot of fun.
Anyway, why I love this story so much: Hakuouki does an excellent job of setting up its themes and plot really early on. It’s a well-worn theme: the fleeting nature of glory and honour. And how people trade a normal, peaceful life for a short burst of life lived at the extremes.
The Shinsengumi are, for the most part, a bunch of peasants and bottom-rung samurai without any prospects, and by coming to Kyoto, they’re living as valued samurai, serving under a lord, and living out the heroic dreams they had back in Edo. But it’s a path that will lead them to death and destruction.
Enter the Ochimiizu potion. Those who take the potion hope that it will give them power and strength as warriors, and it does. But it also burns up their life power, shortening their lifespan till they crumble to dust. The Ochimizu is a physical form of the Shinsengumi’s dream to be real Samurai.
At the end of Episode 3, the theme of the story is stated pretty clearly. Harada and Shinpachi bring Chizuru to see the Gion float and in the wonder and excitmeent of the moment, Shinpachi quotes the opening lines of the Tale of the Heike.
The sound of the Gion Shōja bells echoes the impermanence of all things; the color of the sāla flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind.
Within several days, much of Kyoto has burnt down in the Kinmon no Hen, the floats of the festival have been destroyed in the blaze and the mighty Choshu warriors who came to Kyoto hoping for victory are killed in battle or dead by their own hands. It’s the immediate illustration of the conversation at the festival. Now is the time for the Shinsengumi to shine,
But as Harada and Shinpachi discuss with Chizuru, that glory is just as fleeting. The Shinsengumi will turn out to be the “dream on a spring night”, “the dust before the wind.”
At the beginning of the next episode, Sen-hime says that she can sense a new wind blowing in. A wind like the one 300 years ago, ie. Tokugawa Ieyasu’s victory over his oppponents, and the establishment of the Bakufu government. This is the wind that the Shinsengumi will be like dust before. More ramblings later.
(+35):I’m developing all these feelings it’s disgusting.
This is how I feel about otome games in general…
(ㆁᴗㆁ✿)…. (≖︿≖✿) ….( ﾉ゜Д゜)ﾉ ┻━┻ ミ ✿
I also photographed these crazy #Bleach kids today, with crazy assistants. #cosplay #kuchikirukia #kurosakiichigo