Spirit of the Samurai
Tradition runs strong in Japan.
Despite being at the forefront of technological advancement for decades, all across the neon-lit, modern city of Tokyo, people are keeping the old ways alive. They haven't forgotten their heritage.
People like Kazuhisa, who I met early one rainy Tokyo morning, practising his traditional swordplay in the park. I asked him why he still practised the long-outdated skills of the Samurai. "Because I am Japanese" was his simple answer.
The glory days of the Samurai may have long passed into the history books. In the 21st century, there is no place for people walking the streets with killing swords in their hands. And yet the memory of those Samurai is kept alive by the people like Kazuhisa, who still practice the traditional ways in modern Japan.
We are all products of our past. And yet so often we forget where we have come from, ignoring our personal heritage as we race towards the future. After all, how can we know where we are going if we don't know where we have been? Could it be that we could all benefit from searching for the spirit of our own Samurai?