The sun sets a few minutes after five o’clock now in Kyoto, so darkness descends early these days. It is a time of shadows.
When I think of Japanese culture and shadows, it’s hard not to think of Junichirō Tanizaki’s essay In Praise of Shadows, which I first read as a college student decades ago.
I purchased a copy here in Kyoto a few years ago, reread it, and highlighted passages I found interesting, especially those that I felt apply to my photography, geisha, and tayū.
One passage I highlighted is: