Bicycling in Totoro country

T intersection with mirror

Puro ulan nitong mga nakaraang araw kaya nang nagkaroon ng kaunting oras sa weekend na tumila ang ulan ay nag-bisikleta ulit kami sa paligid. Ngayon ay medyo malayo ang nabisikleta namin, isang lugar na hindi pa namin napupuntahan, sa tabi ng mga palayan.

Reeds in a rice field

Ito ang rainy season bago mag-summer sa Japan at saturated ang green sa buong paligid.

Parang hawig sa landscape ng Tonari no Totoro.

May sinabi si Phillip E. Wegner sa kanyang review ng Tonari no Totoro tungkol sa satoyama, ang setting ng pelikula:

According to another more recent definition, satoyama includes not only mixed community forests, but also the entire landscape necessary for agricultural activity. Thus, according to this definition, satoyama consists of a mosaic of mixed forests, rice paddy fields, dry rice fields, grasslands, streams, ponds, and reservoirs for irrigation. In this system, each habitat is considered essential for the agricultural economy. Grasslands were maintained to feed horses and cattle, which were then used as sources of power in agricultural activities. Streams, ponds, and reservoirs were managed to adjust water levels in the paddy fields and to supply fish to eat. (Kobori and Primack 308)

It is this sense of a total integration with the land, a blurring of the lines between nature and culture, and a collective stewardship of these commons that is a central aspect of the film’s larger vision as well. Crucially, without landscape, there can be no possibility of an environmental politics isolated from other social and cultural concerns. (However, in our non-utopian world the film served as the inspiration for efforts to preserve satoyama in the Sayama Hills region, giving rise in April 1990 to the National Trust of Totoro no Furusato [homeland of Totoro].)

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Biking down a country road in Japan

Isa sa mga magandang bagay sa pagbibisikleta ay madaling makadiskubre ng mga lugar na hindi napupuntahan o nahihintuan kapag nakakotse.

Kagaya nitong tindahan ng mga locally made na gulay at pagkain at halaman.

May mga water lily (renkon) sa tabi at mga cactus at iba’t-ibang tropical plants na kagaya nitong pitcher plant sa loob.

Landscape with water lilies Different kinds of cacti Pitcher plants

Pauwi ay sa mga palayan din kami ulit dumaan, makulimlim pa rin ang langit at kailangan makauwi bago umulan ulit.

Violet flowers near rice fields

Pero may nadanaan kaming Buddhist temple sa tabi ng sementeryo kaya huminto mula kami para tumingin sa paligid.

Statue in Buddhist temple

Maliit lang ang temple na ito at walang tao (kagaya ng maraming mga temple na ganito). Tahimik–at malamok dahil summer, kaya umalis kaagad kami pagkatapos kumuha ng mga picture.

Rice fields framed by trees and stone lanterns