Nikko. Beautiful. Decay.

A couple hours from Tokyo, via the express train, Nikko offers some amazing sights and sounds. Not only were we able to marvel at all the historical treasures, but we had the fortune of seeing a fire ceremony performed by one of the priests in a temple. Pretty amazing. Alas, no photos of that. Another interesting observation that I had while walking the small and off-the-main-drag streets was how many houses and other buildings are vacant and decaying. Broken windows, doors, roofs, walls, and so much more. Overgrown weeds and grass hide houses like a camouflage blanket. If you don’t know, Japan has an aging population and it is very evident here. There is beauty, but there is also sorrow amongst the green hills.