Dokoka - Japan on Film

An old houndstooth fedora hangs from a plastic hook, rocking back and forth to the motion of the northbound Shinkansen express from Kyoto to Tokyo. The hat’s brim is lifted in the back, down in the front, and a curious emblem adorns the loophole presumably used to hold a feather. The emblem is a tree with drooping branches above a Japanese symbol I’m unable to translate. I’ve got a window seat on this afternoon trip to Hakone where my wife and I will be spending the next two nights basking in Japanese tradition at a Ryokan, which is a hostel of sorts with tatami mats, futon beds, pillows for sitting, and a natural hot water Onsen for tranquil escapes from reality.

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