People don't live leaning on people. They have lived leaning on the land for a long time.

Kiyoko Murata



From a novel, "A Flying Clan." On a remote island of the west, where it is said that Japanese envoys to Tang Dynasty China stopped by as a relay point, now only two women of ages 92 and 88 live. A daughter who was married to Oita returns home intending to taking her mother under her care, but she is flatly refused. Women who dive into the sea, cultivate the soil, and receives occasional violent greetings from sunlight, rainstorms and birds, have lived "a vertical life" like a stake driven in the ground.


"June 5  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"