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November 17, 2012

A few friends have contacted me lately to see if I am okay, some because I haven’t posted here on the blog in a while, and others more recently because of the headlines about Israel. Thank you for thinking of me. I am okay.

In all of my 2.5 years of living here, this is not the first time friends have emailed me with concern after seeing the news. Every time I almost feel bad, because where I live I wouldn’t even have known anything was happening if it weren’t for the Internet. We are rarely affected up here in the north. The only change felt this time is at every top of the hour my boss turns up the news at work, and yesterday during family shabbat dinner I was reminded of what miruhama means. (War.) Otherwise, life has been carrying on as usual.

But this time around, I received warning emails from the Japanese Embassy three or four days in a row, some with very detailed directions about how to act when a siren goes off. How to deal in different situations, whether you’re outside, inside, if you have access to a security room (built to act like a bomb shelter) or not, or what to do if you’re in a car.

Otherwise I am fortunate to be living my peaceful life. This past week it’s been solitary with Yuval being in Japan for business. The apartment has suddenly become empty and quiet and much larger. But plenty of texts and skype calls have filled the spaces. I’m a lucky girl.

My mind has also been pretty occupied with a freelance job I have taken on from September, which looks like will take me to Japan in December. I still have to finalize everything but I’m slowly getting both nervous and excited.

I will close with photos of a white peacock I came across while taking a walk. Isn’t it the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? I’ve decided I’m always taking this route from here on out.

最近友人数人から私が大丈夫かの確認メールをもらいました。
数人は私がしばらくブログを更新しなかったからどうしたのかと、
ほかの数人は最近のイスラエルに関するニュースをみて安否の確認。
とてもありがたいことです。私は大丈夫ですよ!

イスラエルに来てからの約2年半の間に、
このようにニュースをみた友達に心配のメールをもらうのは初めてではありません。
でもそのようなメールをもらうたび、申し訳ない気持ちになるくらい
私たちが住む北部ではほとんど影響を感じません。
ニュースがなかったら、何が起こっているのか全く知らずに
生活を過ごしていると思います。
今回いつもと違うことと言ったら、仕事で毎時間ごとにニュースが
ラジオで流れるたび上司が音量を上げることと、
昨日のシャバートディナーでミルハマの意味を思い出させられたことくらい。
(意味は「戦争」。)

しかし今回は日本大使館から数日連続で「注意喚起」と題したメールが送られて来ました。
中にはサイレンが鳴った時どう避難するかを詳しく書いたメールも。
外にいる場合、中にいる場合、そして防空壕の役目をするために建てられた部屋が
近くにあるかどうか、また運転中の場合はどうするか、など。

それにはさすがに少しびっくりしましたが、
それ以外は平穏な生活を送れることをありがたく感じています。
今週はユバルが日本に出張中なのでいつもよりぐんと静かで空っぽのアパートでしたが、
まめに連絡をくれるのでそこまで孤独を感じませんでした。
こういう時ユバルはつくづくいい旦那だと思う!

またここ最近は9月から始めたフリーの仕事で頭が結構いっぱい。
まだ詳細を決定しなくてはいけないのですが、
12月に今度は私が出張に行くことになりそうです。
緊張感とワクワク感、同じくらい感じてます。

最後に、今日散歩中に出会った白い孔雀の写真をアップします。
初めてみた時ハッと息が止まってしまうくらい美しさとめずらしさにみとれてしまいました。
今後はこの散歩ルートしか行けなさそう。

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Fall, my dear friends.
皆様秋を楽しんでいますか。

Much love,
Kaori

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2012 7:32 am

    Lucky peacock, he doesn’t care about the war, he’s got two lovely girlfriends! (^-^)

    • November 18, 2012 6:21 pm

      I can’t figure out if it’s actually a female and those small birds are her children?? It also doesn’t seem to have the long feathers that make up the gorgeous fan when they are opened. But yes, as you say he or she seems to be going about his/her day just fine🙂

      • November 18, 2012 6:35 pm

        I am no expert but it looks like a male with two females.🙂 They probably escaped from some local farm/garden/hatchery! See if they come when you call them and offer them some birdseed or bread!

      • Yuval permalink
        November 23, 2012 12:25 pm

        The white one is a male, but since the mating season is over and he does not need to ‘Impress’ the chicks any more he shed them – I guess its much easier to escape predators without all these long tail feathers.
        The other 2 are females, and all 3 probably came from the Kibbutz zoo just across the fence

      • November 23, 2012 4:04 pm

        That’s incredible that they shed their trains when it’s not mating season!

  2. November 19, 2012 2:42 pm

    Glad you are back and happy y’all are safe!

    • November 21, 2012 4:30 pm

      I’ve been checking your blog to see if you’re okay… glad to hear you seem safe too!

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