As tough as water






I was in a trance and heard the sound of the spring again. The throbbing hiss sounds like the heavy but irregular breath of the earth. Lately, whenever I see something unfair and unsettling, mixed emotions would just surge up in my chest. But before I am fully conscious of it, my ears would try to cure me as a reflex. A few months back, I was in Kakita River Park in Shizuoka Prefecture. The sound of water there left me a lasting impression; since then, this sound became a key to bring me back to that captivating spectacle over and over again.

Kakita River is an essential source of water in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, supplying people in the area water every day and also gives life to countless other precious lives. Most of the river’s source water comes from springs created by rainfall and melting snow on Mount Fuji. The water has been underground for more than 25 years. Rain or snow fell onto the flanks of Mt. Fuji and made its way through Mt. Fuji’s porous lava. Finally, it reached the soil of this place that allowed it to emerge and formed the Kakita River.

Located at the upper bank of the Kakita River, Kakita River Park was designed to showcase and protect the spring. Walking in the park amid the ample greenery, you will soon run into lots of tourists. I was in Shizuoka the other day with my husband after finishing a work meeting. My mind was a bit stuck, so I had this spontaneous idea to visit the park. Standing on one of those viewing platforms, one can clearly see how the water emerge from below the river’s bed. Coming to think about the long journey the water has traveled through to reach this spot, the water is actually the strongest matter to seep through so many layers of rocks.

Be water, and you can get over all the obstacles someday. By merging together, you emerge as a powerful spring-like the Kakita River and form such a gentle but gorgeous scenery.