What is inspiring Onofrio Marzulli
Published on 29/10/2012 Group GSA
Japan is certainly a place of contrasts.
A recent trip to the land of the rising sun has only reinforced my long-standing perception of the country and it’s people. From the contemplative, ritual and superstitious activities, centred around the thousands of shrines dotted within the hills and amongst high-rise buildings, to the insane activity in it’s cities, such as Tokyo, with an estimated population of 14 million people.
For example, ordered anarchy is the only way to describe the Shibuya precinct of Tokyo, where around 100,000 people per hour cross a junction of two main roads whilst being bombarded by neon and advertisements playing on massive video screens set within the façades of the surrounding buildings. It’s an amazing environment to be in at night.
On the flip side, shrines galore were the order of the day.
A visit to the Fushimi Inari shrine in southern Kyoto, recently made famous in the 2005 movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”, provided a spectacular demonstration of the Japanese belief in their Shinto religion. Thousands of vermillion torii gates define the mountain pathways to the sacred Mt Inari summit. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god of rice.
Favourite of all shrines was Sakurayama Hachimangu, in Takayama. Set on a forested hill above Takayama, the attention to detail of all the timber work was amazing.
I’d go back in a heartbeat.