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46 (The City | 都会)

September 4, 2010

Being in Tel Aviv recently made me experience a bit of a cultural shock.

The last time I was in a city was when I left Tokyo for Israel, so that would be nearly 3 months ago. 3 months is not that long of a time, but I’m learning that a city can slip out of your system very quickly, despite however long it took you to get used to it.

I walked around in a bit of a daze for the first few hours in Tel Aviv, trying to take in everything at once.
The hip store window displays, the inviting cafes and restaurants.
The buildings, the graffiti, the posters for various shows and exhibitions,
music blasting from some rooftop party.
The hints of abundance of art and culture from the windows of people’s apartments.
The pulse of the city I felt with every step.
The feeling of having limitless things to do, to see.
The sense of endless possibilities if you seek them.

This visit made me think about the various cities I’ve lived in throughout my life. I remembered how it felt when I would leave the city for a weekend or even for just a few hours. Whether I was relieved to be away or not, most of the time it made me realize how so much was going on in the city. How incomparable it felt in terms of variety and being ahead in everything.

It was strange to be on the opposite side of all that this time.

I haven’t spent enough time in Tel Aviv to feel like I know it yet. But I could feel myself warming up to it in my limited time there.

最近テルアビブに行ったら、ちょっとしたカルチャー・ショックを受けてしまったようです。

一番最近いた都会はイスラエルに来る前の東京。ですので約3ヶ月前になります。
3ヶ月というとそれほど長い期間ではありませんが、都会はあっという間に自分の体内からすり抜けてしまうのだな、と実感しています。
逆に都会に慣れるにはそれよりはるかに長い時間がかかったとしても。

テルアビブに着いてから数時間は軽い放心状態に陥ったかのように、全てを吸い込もうと口をぽかんと開けたまま歩いた気がしました。おしゃれなウィンドウ・ディスプレイ。入りたくなるようなカフェやレストラン。無限のビルや建物、グラフィティ、そこら中に張られたライブやイベントのポスター、どこかの屋上パーティーから漏れる音楽。ちらっと窓から見える人々のアパートの中と、それから感じ取れる街の文化やアートの豊富さ。一歩一歩歩くたびに肌で感じる街の鼓動。すること、みることが無限にある感覚。探せばいくらでも可能性がある予感。

今までとは逆の立場、外部の者として街を観察する立場はちょっぴり変な気分でした。

テルアビブではまだわずかな時間しか過ごしてないのであまり感覚をつかめた気がしていないけれど、なんか好きになれる予感がしました。

Much love,
Kaori

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