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16 May 2012 (Nearly 2 years ago)

May 16, 2012

I’m having a hard time coming up with a post for today, my friends. (In case some of you don’t know, I’m attempting to blog every day this year.) So I turned to my list of unpublished entries I haven’t looked at in a while.

Here’s a post I had written shortly before making the big move to Israel. I actually remember the walk I took when I captured these photos. I think I was carrying an umbrella because it was raining on and off. I also remember the permanent knot in my stomach during those last few weeks in Japan, the uncertainty and pure fear I couldn’t even try to conceal at what I was about to embark on.

As I predicted 2 years ago, I do miss the greenery unique to Japan, but I pleasantly discovered this year that some parts of Israel offer up greenery that reminds me of home (the moss in Banias Nature Reserve we visited this past March, for example), but just for a very limited time only!

今日は新しいエントリーを書くのに四苦八苦してます。
(今年は毎日ブログ更新を目指しているんです)
なので、今までの書きかけのものやアップしなかったエントリーのリストに目を通してみました。

このエントリーは約2年前、もう間もなくイスラエルに旅立つ前に書いたエントリー。
今でも写真を撮った時の散歩を覚えています。
雨が降ったりやんだりで傘を持っていたと思います。
また、日本での最後の数週間の間、常にお腹がかすかにキリキリしていたというか、
隠しきれなかった緊張感と恐怖感も覚えています。
今では友達などに「あの時は本当にビビってたよ〜」なんて言えるようになったけど。

2年前予想したように、日本の新緑はたびたび恋しくなります。
でも今年発見したのは、イスラエルでも日本を思い出すような緑がみれる場所もあるということ。
(例えば今年3月に行ったバニアス自然公園のこけ。)
ただ、楽しめる時期がとっても限られてますが!

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Post originally written on May 10, 2010 | 2010年5月10日に書いたエントリー

Bursting Green, Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

Bursting Green 2, Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

I have less than two weeks left in Tokyo.

The reality has not sunk in yet.

But I am starting to note all the little things I will miss. For instance, the moist, luscious greenery that is bursting everywhere. I see it, smell, it, feel it. I never imagined I would say this but I think I will even miss the rainy season. Summer was just starting to dwindle when I first visited Israel last September, but it was still hot and more importantly, so dry. It made me yearn the humidity in Japan.

Strange and unexpected, some of the things one will miss.

東京での生活が二週間を切りました。

まだ実感はあまりわきません。

でも日本を離れたら恋しくなるようなこと、懐かしく感じるであろうことを意識するようになりました。例えば、今そこら中にあふれんばかりの豊かな新緑。目でみるだけでなく、においをかぐだけでなく、肌で感じます。不思議だけど梅雨の季節も、恋しくなると思います。と言うのは、去年の9月に初めてイスラエルに行った時は夏の終わり頃でしたが、まだまだ暑く、何よりとても乾燥していたのです。日本のじめじめした湿気がとても恋しくなったのでした。

予期せぬものが恋しくなることもあるのですね。

Much love,
Kaori

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2012 6:08 pm

    wow yes, those really are very rich greens. I often struggle with making firm decisions about how saturated the greens will be in my pictures. But yours here are nice🙂

    Hey is your “Canon EOS Kiss Digital X” like a 500D or 550D?

    • May 17, 2012 6:38 pm

      Yes, the Kiss Digital seems to be the equivalent of the Digital Rebel or 500D series. It’s funny how they named it “Kiss” for the Japanese market (they used to have commercials featuring kids with KISS makeup) but didn’t for the global market… probably only works in Japan!

      • May 17, 2012 7:23 pm

        kids in KISS makeup to sell a 500D???? ……..hahahahahah! That’s so weird… and I wonder how it appealed to Japanese consumers.

        What sort of lenses do you have for your camera..? I first bought our cameras and gear to use for video production (cos’ the 5D2 is so good at shooting beautiful video!), and I had no idea about lenses or anything. It was only thanks to a talkative photographer that I figured out what to buy… That wasn’t very long ago, perhaps less than 2 years.

        Do you have the 50mm f1.8? or the 35mm f2.0? I only ask because the 35mm f1.4 changed eeeverything for me.

        It’s so late here… like a million o’clock… I’m waiting for my video program to prepare some work for me, then I’ll fall into bed with my Cats…

      • May 17, 2012 7:59 pm

        I used to work in video production when I lived in Tokyo and remember when the 5D was starting to get more and more used, mainly in the more artistic projects. Really pretty stuff!

        I bought my recent Canon with a EF18-135mm lens. The 50mm f1.4 has been on my wishlist for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it! I’ve heard once you start using it you can’t go back.

        I can feel your pain waiting for the video program to do some prep work… I’ve been there! I hope you’ve gone to bed by now!

  2. May 16, 2012 8:06 pm

    I remember the heavy, sinking, knotted-up, quietly panicky feeling in my stomach that lasted for about two weeks before moving to Tokyo. I haven’t experienced it before or since, even with all the major relocations that followed — there’s nothing like doing something so big and so unknown the first time! Thanks for sharing.

    • May 17, 2012 6:36 pm

      Thank YOU for sharing Katie! Now you can tackle any major move, it seems.
      Perhaps my fear was also coming from the fact that I wasn’t sure if things would work out with Yuval either… but happy that it did🙂

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