Location: The Hague
Comments: As the Japanese writer/philosopher Yoshida Kenko wrote in what has been translated as Essays in Idleness (1330-1333): "Are we to look at cherry blossoms only in full bloom, the moon only when it is cloudless? To long for the moon while looking on the rain, to lower the blinds and be unaware of the passing of the spring - these are even more deeply moving. Branches about to blossom or gardens strewn with faded flowers are worthier of our admiration.... People commonly regret that the cherry blossoms scatter or that the moon sinks in the sky, and this is natural; but only an exceptionally insensitive man would say 'This branch and that branch have lost their blossoms. There is nothing worth seeing now.'" Are we to look at the sea only on a bright and sunny day? I like the view as much on a sunny, stormy and foggy day.