Subtle Differences

After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul, and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security, and you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises, and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child, and you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure… that you really are strong, and you really do have worth.

-Veronica A. Shoffstall


In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdued an impulse in obedience to a principle. He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color.

-Horace Mann

To Discover a City, Run it

10 best running routes in Tokyo

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Scenic running routes for serious joggers in and around Japan’s concrete capital

By Rick Martin 15 November, 2010

jogging and running in tokyoEven in Tokyo it’s possible to find some of your own space for a run.

Tokyo may be one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but it still offers a wide variety of wonderful trails and routes to cater to the city’s enthusiastic runners.

Tapping up the collective wisdom of the Namban Rengo club, a group of serious runners that includes both international and local individuals, we found out which areas they love most.