This New Year’s holiday, I found myself wandering about in Fushimi, Kyoto. I’d heard it was famous for sake, but because of the holiday most of the distilleries were closed. Still, I was lucky enough to find a place that was open, and I could try some.
The city itself is really cool. I’m not sure how big it actually is, but the area I was in made me think it might be a quaint little town. There’s a river running through it lined with Sakura trees so I think I’ll take a trip back there in the spring to take some pictures.
What I didn’t know was that there was also some history to the place. There’s an inn called Taradaya that was the scene of what’s called The Taradaya Incident, which lead to The Meiji Restoration. I took a tour inside and tried to imagine what life would have been like in that era and at that particular time.
Every day that passes is another page in history. When I read about the incident, I couldn’t help wondering if the people involved knew that their actions would be remember for all time. I also thought about how I’ll be remembered. Will it be for my writing, or my photography or maybe something that I’ll do in the future? The greatest thing we can do in life is to make a difference in a positive way. And I try to do that every day.
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