I can't seem to write a poem about it, nor a short story, so I suppose a journal will suffice.
Someone's picture of a shrine in Tokyo caught my attention, and I found myself wondering what it was like 'back then'; and how amazing it is that some structures and gardens have survived for such a long time.
I have a friend who is a JET, I think it is called?; in Japan right now and recently on facebook she described traveling to a few gardens there and how fascinating it is that some have been around for even longer than the United States has been, well, the United States.
I can't imagine what everyone who lived during that time period, if they could see today's world-cars, our own buildings, the roads.
Sometimes when I'm driving to and from work I look around and wonder what it was like when there were no roads, no buildings (not even log cabins), when it was all trees and hills. I'd like to say I can see it, and I can, in a way, and it just gives me this peculiar feeling; even though I'm not sure I'd actually be able to live that lifestyle if there ever were a time machine; I want to see it. Only I can't, we can't; not really. We can 'go back' by visiting museums or watching movies, looking at art, even exploring those gardens in Japan, but those eras are over; we won't see them again. There were so many hardships then, but there was so much more beauty, I feel sometimes. So much more ... earth, and somehow more alive? It just gives me this itch I can't scratch.
This weird itch like I want to go there, to make friends from back then, to see the way they lived their lives and live it with them, to have it in my heart, and in my soul. To take in what it was back then, experience it ... to see it as it was. I know there are places in the world, somewhere, which are still somewhat like that, and that I'm romanticising it probably a great deal. I don't know, I'd say I can't help it; and I can't. I've certainly grown up with all our modern conveniences and facilities, and I absolutely love my art tablet and pc games and such; but at the same time, half the time I'm actually more -myself-, I feel like I don't fit in this world, and maybe that world, or those eras, would have fit me better. o.O
If I were great at researching it all and -writing- it, I'd probably write a story about a girl from now going back and living in that time period, or a guy. A bit like Inuyasha minus the whole, you know, supernatural, spiritual stuff. Well, maybe not. Going back in time is too normal for me, I have to throw something otherworldly in there. : P