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May 22, 2011

Near Narita Airport | 成田空港近辺

This is one of my favorite views on the bus ride to Narita Airport. It’s when the scenery becomes very lush and green and forests and rice fields and rivers take their turns appearing and disappearing past the window. It’s one of the scenes I’ve sometimes visualized when thinking about Japan. Whenever the bus reaches this area I know the airport is not too far. I try to take in as much of the precious fleeing beauty as I can and always can’t help wishing this part to last a bit longer, but before I know it the airport hotels and parking lots begin to appear.

Today is my third full day back in Israel. The journey back felt extra long (technically it was about a 24 hour journey door to door) and the fact that I was held at passport check at Ben Gurion didn’t help. I’ve been in a bit of a daze back here at the kibbutz, wanting to snap out of it but maybe a part of me is not ready yet. The temperatures that have risen significantly during my absence also isn’t helping, but it inspired me to drag Yuval to Daliyat El Carmel (where I first visited last June) to get some colorful curtains for some of the big windows, and is making me consider starting my days earlier to take advantage of as many cooler hours as possible. It’s a bit surreal to suddenly be circling parking lots for a spot with even a little bit of shade when most days in Japan were cloudy and long sleeve temperatures.

But at night it’s still cool and pleasant here. A gentle breeze is hitting my face as I type. As I slowly make my way out of my daze, I hope to share stories from Japan.

I hope you’ve been well friends.

上の写真は成田空港行きのバスの旅の中で私が最も好きなエリアを撮ったもの。この辺りは緑がすごい潤っていて、森や田んぼや川が交代で窓の前に現れては消えていく。こちらで日本を思い浮かべる時、この景色をたまに思い出します。このエリアに突入すると成田がもう間もないと実感。目の前を去っていく美しい景色をできる限り目に焼き付けながら、あともう少し続いてくれればいいのに、と毎回願ってしまうのです。でもそのうち空港ホテルやパーキングがぽつぽつと現れ始め、気付けばもう成田の出口。

今日はイスラエルに帰ってきてから三日目。復路は往路よりはるかに長く感じました(実際時間も長く、合計約24時間の旅でした)。ベン・グリオン空港の通関でひっかかったのも痛かった。キブツに帰ってきてからは頭も体もなんとなくボーっとしてて、なかなか抜けません。イスラエルにいない間に徐々に上昇した温度もこのボーっと感につながっているのかもしれませんが、一年前に初めて訪れたダリヤット・エル・カルメルに行ってカラフルなカーテンを買うきっかけにもなりました。また、起床時間をもっと早くしようかとも思っています。過ごしやすい時間帯をなるべく多く活用したい。日本ではほとんどが長袖の気温で曇り空だったのがいきなりこっちでは駐車場でちょっとでも日陰のスペースを探すほどのカンカン照り。ちょっと非現実的です。

でも夜はまだ過ごしやすい。今も、心地よいそよ風が窓から入ってきています。ボーっと感を少しずつ抜いていきながら日本での報告をできたらと思ってます。

みなさまが良い数週間をお過ごししたことを願って、

Much love,
Kaori

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