The Alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who daily knelt beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned.
At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus.
But this was not how the author of the book ended the story. He said that when Narcissus died, the Goddesses of the Forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.
“Why do you weep?” the Goddesses asked.
“I weep for Narcissus,” the lake replied.
“Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus,” they said, “for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.”
“But….. was Narcissus beautiful?” the lake asked.
“Who better than you to know that?” the Goddesses said in wonder, “After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to contemplate himself!”
The lake was silent for some time. Finally it said:
“I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.”
“What a lovely story,” the Alchemist thought.
Have you seen this beautiful shrine?😀
Udo Shrine, Japan🇯🇵
Udo Shrine (鵜戸神宮) is set in the caves overlooking the beautiful ocean. The shrine is said to bring good fortune to couples and newly weds, while offering an unforgettable view of the vast ocean.
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Nabana no Sato (なばなの里) ✨
Who do you want to come here with on date night ?
One of the best places to see spectacular illumination and take a romantic walk through the tunnel of lights.
Feature photo by @daisukephotography
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Mount Fuji, Japan🇯🇵
Mount Fuji(富士山) never ceases to amaze. The mountain towers over Japan at 3,776 meters and consists of three separate volcanoes stacked on top of one another. The bottom layer is the Komitake volcano, then the Kofuji volcano, then Fuji, which is the youngest of the three volcanoes.
Sometimes you just need to stop, relax and take it all in... ⛩️😌 Beautiful views over the sea from Amakusa City in Kumamoto Prefecture. Photo taken by @tasutake#VisitJapanAU
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Meoto Iwa, Japan🇯🇵
Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩) or the wedded rocks, are two sacred rocks located in the ocean near Ise City. The rocks represents a husband and wife tied together by a shimenawa rope, which performs as a division between the spiritual and earthly world.
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You had us at 'Melted Tiramisu'. 😍 Harajuku is brimming with popular dessert cafes, but 'Anywhere Door' is definitely worth a stop. Famed for their hybrid desserts, including the popular 'cone shots', their 'Melt Tiramisu' (pictured) costs ￥500 (approx $6 AUD). Video by @dairyandcream#VisitJapanAU