Jump off the stage

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Standing at the edge of Kiyomizu overlooking the trees I imagined the more than 200 people who jumped down from it. The platform they used is an impressive 13 metres above the ground. Legend goes that those who jumped had their wish granted. That may or may not have been true, who can tell. Side effects included broken bones and quite a few deaths, but also the expression "to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu", or "to take the plunge" in the English-speaking world. I spent a long time wondering what could make a person take that jump, what became of them, and who would start such a tradition anyway?

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from Going to Japan, released December 24, 2014

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Tom Winckels Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tom Winckels is a writer, composer, musician, film maker, photographer. In other words: a creative person.

His musical efforts are focused on creating soundtracks for movies and stories, and the style will happily move along with their mood.

Tom’s music has been featured in videos of documentary makers around the world.
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