Illustrations by Aya Kato
I want to wake up a lot of souls that the person is sleeping in the innermost recesses of the heart as much as possible by using my maximum imagination.
The world that I want to aim is the following. It is the world where a lot of people including me recalled own history. The world where root of soul and group of soul were recalled. The world where oun true hope was recalled. It is the world that combines with the earth through the mind (oneself).
.I believe that the wonderful world is born from LOVE: Mind that loves neighbors. All members who live in the earth are neighbors.
I am expecting new Japan in a new age.Therefore, I want to tie to the Japanese in the future a Japanese spirit that Samurai’s wish(New spirit that added spirit of love that embraces everything to Bushido).
I am purely making the moment of the pleasure of alive. (I am born through me) This is foundation of all works - Aya Kato.
I had just struck my last match
And my gloves didn’t make it easy to catch the light
I shuffled the cigarette to the flame and lit it out
Took a drag
Began my walk and walked like that for a while
The thoughts built up in my head
A stir of calamity
Fear of what was to come next
It shrouded everything in the reality in front of me
It was then that I saw the figure approaching
A young girl who looked good in her attire
I began pacing my steps
Inching closer and closer to get a look
What I thought to do was pull her attention
Strike up the talk to immediately gain a form of trust
But what I found
Was a girl I had known
And to my astonishment she was gorgeous
She had a darker skin
But she was a Latin girl
Her eyes were blue
With passion and allure
Her lips so red, apples wouldn’t look ripe
She was a goddess
The epitome of a woman
There was kindness in her voice
Joy in her smiles
And warmth in her body
I felt so at ease as I spoke to her
My mind twiddled away at the thoughts
Ok kissing her neck
I wondered into the wild
Lost myself in a cluster of stars that ate away the uneasy feelings
In my chest
When she went her way
I felt the rush of reality once again
It intertwined with my soul
And yet again, I was back to the beginning
The same place I had always been
As I walked
I thought of her
I imagined the planets align with her
Dreamed of the mountains dividing
And with her
The dark black lines that held me back
3 Times I thought Jean was going to die
AKA 3 times I had a heart attack
Following the 2013 Hajj (حج) on Instagram
Every year, more than three million Muslims make a pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site, Mecca. This pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, known as the Hajj (حج), takes place between the 8th and 12th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah (ذو الحجة), falling this year between October 14-18. The Hajj is a mandatory lifetime event for all able-bodied Muslims who are able to afford the journey, and it constitutes one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
The Hajj itself consists of many rites, the most iconic of which is known as Tawaf (طواف). For Tawaf, pilgrims enter al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque, at the center of which stands the sacred Kaaba: a cubic structure believed to be the first site of worship in the Islam faith. Pilgrims circle the Kaaba seven times counterclockwise in harmony, praying as they go.