Thanks to the miracles of the jat-lag biology, it was 5 am and awake I was. First morning in Japan! I couldn’t stay in my room… Took a fast shower, and went to walk!
Then I had this feeling… I can’t remember… Ten years? No no, ten years ago I was 18… So may be around 20 years ago! This feeling… fear of going too far! No, I don’t have a map in my pocket. No, I can’t comunicate to anyone here. No, I don’t have a cell phone. And if I need to read something… oh god, oh god!
So I started taking only those most distinctive paths… not the small streets where every corner looked somewhat equal to my untrained foreign eyes… Let’s cross the bridge over the road. Let’s take this big big and lonely star and see where it goes… Let’s walk!
It is a very rich experience… you should do it at least once… go to a completely unknown place and just go by itself… without a map, without a phone… it has an amazingly strong effect over your senses. The way you look at every detail. The way your inner instinctive feeling is always over that thin line between fear and excitation.
Yes, yes… I found my way back. But, in that special spiritual sense, yes yes: I never returned!