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21 February 2012

February 21, 2012

今日は一日中二月とは思えない暖かさと真っ青な空でした。
昼間子供達が半袖短パンでサッカーをしていました。

約三週間ぶりに職場への自転車の旅。
日が着々と長くなっていることを実感するくらい前より明るく感じました。
こっちの太陽、日本より強いのかな。

職場の仲間とも久しぶりの再会。
みんな優しく迎えてくれました。
キブツ内で今色々と変更されつつあるみたいで、
様々な討論が起きていました。
その言葉の渦に包まれながら私は黙々と仕事、、、
当たり前だけど前と何も変わっていない。
でもこれが心地いい。

職場の人にとって私の東京の世界は言葉で表せないと言うか、
あまりにも別世界すぎて説明不可能。
また私の東京にいる家族や友達にとって
このキブツの生活もなかなか想像できない世界。

二つの世界がなぜここまで離れているんだろう。
今日は距離がとてつもなく長く感じてしまう。

Today’s blue skies and warm temperatures didn’t feel like February.
Children were playing soccer in shorts with their bare feet.

I took my usual morning bike ride to work for the first time in nearly three weeks.
It felt much brighter than before… the days are definitely getting longer.
Or perhaps the sun in Israel is stronger than in Japan?

I was warmly welcomed back by my co-workers.
It was good to see them and to get right back to work.
(Otherwise I would probably start missing Japan and getting depressed)
They told me there has been all kinds of changes in the kibbutz recently
and throughout the day they were constantly getting in to big discussions about it.
I once again drifted away in to my own thoughts after a while of
trying to grasp anything in the rapid Hebrew chatter.
Nothing has changed, and this strangely felt comfortable.

My world in Tokyo is impossible to fully explain in words to my co-workers,
perhaps because it is just so different from here, from their reality,
as my kibbutz life is probably totally unimaginable and foreign
to my family and friends back in Japan.

Why are my two worlds so far away from each other?
Today I’m really feeling the distance.

Much love,
Kaori

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2012 10:25 pm

    あ、いつの間にかこちらに戻って来てたんですね。お帰りなさい。
    よくよく見ると先週はブログ更新なかったんですね。
    脇目も振らずに楽しんでましたか?

    • February 22, 2012 7:20 pm

      ただいまです!
      楽しんだのももちろんありますが、ネット環境にも恵まれなかったんです。
      (ハイスピードのネットの日本なのに、ですよね)
      少しずつたまった記事を更新していくつもりです〜。

  2. Sammi Moe permalink
    February 22, 2012 7:29 pm

    Your two worlds are far apart, and yet not so much. Isn’t it great that you can get on an airplane and be in the other place so quickly? Relativly speaking of course. Imagine if you had to take a long boat ride to get there. In today’s world a cruise might be wonderful, but try to think of what it would have been like a hundred years or more ago. And with this modern age also comes convenient communication around the world! Amazing really. Your adventures are still something I love to come read. I have been so busy that I don’t get here often enough! Enjoy life to its fullest dear girl! The memories you are making will last a lifetime.
    Much love,
    Sammi

    • February 22, 2012 10:10 pm

      Thanks Sammi! You would be the one to know more than anyone the magic of being able to get to a completely different place on an airplane!🙂
      I recall hearing about a Native Indian belief that one must take the equal amount of days it would have taken them on foot to cover the distance they traveled (on boat, car, etc) to recover from their traveling, both in body and spirit. It may be a difficult practice to keep in this age, but I appreciated the way of thinking.

      I think I know deep down my current experiences will last a lifetime, but many times I tend to get wrapped up in my frustrations. Thank you for reminding me!

      Much love
      Kaori

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