A crouching woman tied a fortune to a string stretched across Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine

Woman attaching a fortune to a string
Woman attaching a fortune to a string
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When the story progresses and the expectations for the ending grow, you are disappointed to learn that it is a dream ending. This is probably because a dream ending can be anything. It breaks the flow of the story that has been spun up to now, and even if it is forced, it is still a story. That is the dream-ending.

Like the dream ending, the appearance in a dream is also a prop for dreams. When you are asleep, someone stands by your bedside and tells you pleasant things and solutions to your problems. There are no rules as to who stands by your dream pillow; it can be someone physically far away, someone from the past who has already died, or even a non-human in some cases. It is an easy-to-use setup.

In my mind, the dream ending and the appearance in a dream are both equally fictional, but while the dream ending is not so praiseworthy, the appearance in a dream seems to be regarded as a minor mystery in the world and appears frequently. There is an anecdote that Ryoma Sakamoto stood in Empress Shoken's dream, and a sphinx is said to have appeared in the dream of Pharaoh Thutmose IV of Egypt. Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine, which I visited on that day, was also built by a man who dreamed that the god Hachiman-Okami of Kamakura appeared in his dream. He gave him an oracle, according to an auspicious legend. In spite of the fact that they are the same fiction, there is probably a key difference: what is taught in the dream affects the real world, whereas the dream-ending does not affect the real world at all, but only the world of fiction. In fact, the Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine was built because Hachiman-Okami stood in a dream, and as a result, the shrine has remained here for 800 years.

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No

12346

Shooting Date

May 2022

Posted On

August 9, 2022

Modified On

August 11, 2022

Place

Yoyogi, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 1.8/85

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