‘I’ve always wanted to know if I was capable of loving my wife as much
as you love yours,’ said the journalist Keichiro to my publisher
Satoshi Gungi over supper one night.
‘There is nothing else but love,’ came the reply. ‘It is love that keeps the world turning and the stars in their spheres.’
‘I know. But how can I know if my love is big enough?’
‘Ask yourself if you give yourself fully or if you flee from your
emotions, but do not ask yourself if your love is big enough, because
love is neither big nor small, it is simply love.
‘You cannot measure a feeling the way you measure a road.
‘If you do that, you will start comparing your love with what others tell you of theirs or with your own expectations of love.
‘That way, you will always be listening to some story, rather than pushing your emotions to their limits.’