This is not a blog about Canberra, but it is written by someone who lives there.
It was while traveling around Japan and reading Cathy Davidson’s novel 36 views of Mount Fuji that I was struck by her description of the famous series of Hokusai’s woodblock prints of the same name:
Hokusai portrays the different, even contradictory, aspects of Japanese life. There is tremendous variety and vitality…aristocratic courtiers, humble workers, carefree picnickers, devout pilgrims. The only constant is Mount Fuji, symbol of that which is permanent or unchanging in Japan. Hokusai does nothing to reconcile contradictions, but the presence of the mountain suggests that all of the views, taken together, make up Japan.
From such great inspiration comes a much simpler creation. This blog sets out to observe the everyday and bring together different aspects of one life lived in the presence of a much humbler mountain.
Read more about why I started this blog in my first post, Letters to Grandma.