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Beauty in the Ordinary / Osaka and Kyoto, Japan

A few months ago, my family and I took a 5-day vacation in Japan, visiting the prefectures of Osaka and Kyoto. Even before going there, I have always had a strong fondness for the country and it comes from almost everything it has to offer: the temperate weather, the well-mannered culture of the people, the poetic countryside views, and the modern architecture of its big cities. From the blues of the business suits to the bucket hats of tottering Japanese children, Japan provides beautiful sceneries out of its simple routines. Avoiding crowds by taking the longer, quieter routes through the city, I curated my trip, with the goal of satisfying my love for Japanese serenity. I wanted to find the ordinariness of my subjects’ lives, going through their daily routines: of heading to the bus stop, of returning home from school, of watering their plants – anything that would show both the momentary beauty and supposedly loneliness in mundane tasks. How I went about this task was quite simple: I planned out 3-hour routes around …