2012 - 2013

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[Photo: Year-end pilgrimage to Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto @ Dec 31, 2012:大晦日の巡礼、平安神宮に向かう]

2012年は未開の地、
関西が私の大先生だった年でした☆

右も左も分からない土地で、
沢山の方々と知り合い
いっぱいやさしさをいただきました。
また、慣れ親しんだ東京を離れた事で、
関東の友人の友情の深さも再確認した一年でした。

周囲に支えられている事を肌で実感。
沢山の友人知人に心から感謝したいと思います。
本当にありがとうございました!
2013年もどうぞよろしくお願い致します。

自分にあるのは「今」だけ。
過去はかえられないし未来も必ず訪れるとは限らない。
2013年も毎日を充実させながら進んでいきたいですねー☆

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[Photo: Year-end pilgrimage to Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto @ Dec 31, 2012:大晦日の巡礼、平安神宮]


●● 2012 to 2013 ●●

In 2012, Kansai (the western region of Japan) has been my big teacher. Moved to this area just over a year ago. Different culture, people, work ethics, etc...

Tough, challenging to fit in a new land. But, I was lucky to meet so many who showed me tremendous kindnesses... Also, I received a lot of overwhelming support from friends in Tokyo and overseas...

2012 was, definitely, a year that I appreciated for what I had and for everything that I encountered.

My new year's resolution for 2013 is to appreciate 'now' as much as I can 'cause I can't change the past and the future may not always come. So, I'll do my best to make 'now' a good moment.. :)



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ほんわか - nice and warm

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[Photo: from left - Tatsuno, Motohiko & Sanae]

柔術の友達、もとひこ君の Wedding 報告会 に行ってきました。

なんだか暖かくてやわらかい感じのする二人に参加者が癒された気がします。

アートを職業とするお二人なので、アート系のお友達も沢山きていて、柔術とアートのインターアクションは? と思いきや、あまりに違いすぎて水と油のように、または風水のマークのように、絶妙なバランスを保ちながら、全くまじる事なく会は終了していました。(笑)


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[Photo: BJJ friends gathered to celebrate]







●● nice and warm ●●

Went to a wedding party of my BJJ friend, Motohiko. And, I immediately fell in love with the aura this art couple exudes... so soft and warm..., which seemed to have some sort of a healing effect on us.

They both graduated from art universities. So there were many artists in the party as well as BJJ barbarians.

I was curious to see how these two groups interact. We were all in one confined space for three hours, but, two groups never mixed together like oil and water.

It was like they didn't even feel the presence of each other. Or maybe fair to say we were just like the symbol of Feng Shui, which could be interpreted as perfect balance. ;)

Anyway, the party was a success.
Congratulations!
Motohiko & Sanae <3


模様替え - getting redressed



チームが変わって以来練習時間が遅い時間になり、京都方面から最終電車で帰宅する日がぐんと増えています。

そして最終電車到着後の奈良駅では電車が模様替されているのをよく目にします。

週末は平清盛電車が 模様替えをされていました。

清盛の神戸は終わりか。。。

2012年が終わる前に冬のライトアップが綺麗な神戸に行きたいな。




●● getting redressed ●●

Since I joined a BJJ team in Kyoto, my practice has moved to later hours. I've been taking the last train, a lot, to come back to Nara. Often at the Nara station after the arrival of the last train, I see trains getting redressed with new paintings.

Over the weekend, it was the train with a historic worrier, Kiyomori Taira, getting redressed. The worrier Kiyomori Taira (as his family) ran a government in the city of Kobe approx. 830 years ago.

Mmm.. I haven't visited Kobe yet, but I know it is a must-go place with many historic spots, western gourmet restaurants and the romantic night view. <3 Maybe I'll go in December. ;)



見当違いの優しさに触れる - unexpected sweetness

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[Photo : Entry Gate of Mt. Yoshino in Nara Pref.]

お盆の休暇中、残った仕事をかたづけた昼過ぎ、
ウォーキングしようと、吉野に向かいました。

初めて降り立った吉野駅で、酸素いっぱいの空気に大喜びしながら
金峰山寺 (きんぷせんじ)、吉水神社(よしみず)を訪れました。

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[Photo: Kimpu Senji Temple in Nara Pref.]

もう夕方だったせいか、観光客は少なく
家族連れやカップルがぱらぱらといる程度で
一人で来てるのは私だけのよう。

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[Photo : View of Mt.Yoshiko in Nara Pref.]

吉水神社を拝観し終わって帰る私に
神主と思われるおじいさんが「吉野 はじめて?」

私「はい。」
神「そうかい。。。」

楽しかったので
ニコニコ笑っている私の顔をじーっと見てまた

神「君は。。。いま幸せかい?」
私「え ?!? あ〜... はい!」(^_^)/
神「しあわせなら、ええけどな。。。」


といいながら、わざわざ門まで一緒に出てきてくれて

神「いいか、ここは春に綺麗なさくらがさくからな。。。
  かならずまた、くるんだよ。」


私「あ、はい。 ありがとうざいました !」(^_^)/


ペコリとおじぎをして 階段をくだる私に向かって
神主のおじいさまは、更に大きく手を振りながら叫びつづけ。。。

神「春になる前でもいいからな!何回来てもいいんだよ!!
  また必ず来なさい! いいねーーーーっ!!!」
と。。。

そういうつもりで一人旅をする女性は、こんなに笑ってないだろ。。。とも思いましたが、こうして本当に人の命を救ってきたのかもしれないな。。。と、おじいさまのやさしさに感謝して吉野を後にしました。  笑顔をパワーアップさせて また会いにいくか。。。(^^;)







●● unexpected sweetness ●●

The work has slowed during Japanese Obon holiday.
Quickly finished up the leftover work and
headed south of Nara Pref for walking in green.

It was almost 4pm and there weren't that many tourists around.
A few families & couples..., but I seemed to be the only one who came alone.
But, beautiful scenery and oxy-air put a big smile on my face. :)

I visited Kimpusenji Temple & Yoshimizu Shrine (both World Heritages),
and I was ready to head back.

As I was leaving Yoshino Shrine,
an old man dressed in Shinto Priest clothes stopped me.

SP: "First time in Yoshino ? "
ME: "Yes. :)"

Smiling big time 'cause I enjoyed the visit... but, he stared at my face and asked,

SP: "Are you....... happy ? "

ME: "What ?!?  Ah..., Yes! :)"

SP: "Well...., if you say so..."
   "Listen, these hills will be painted all pink
   when the cherry blossom season comes.
   So, promise me you'll come back to see it, OK?"


He walked with me to the entry gate and started waving at me. I quickly vowed and started walking down the hill toward the main road. But, he was waving at me even harder and said in a loud voice...

SP: "IF YOU WANNA COME BACK BEFORE SPRING, THAT'S OK, TOO !!!
    JUST REMEMBER, YOU'RE ALWAYS WELCOME HERE !!! "


There are a lot of old old shrines & temples in Mt. Yoshino, and a lot of spiritual/praying tours take place around here. So, maybe.. this Shinto Priest may actually have seen people who wanted to throw away their lives. But, I think I looked too happy to do that, today...

Anyway,
I thanked him for his sweetness and left the village.
I should go back there soon even with a bigger smile... :)





長谷寺 - a must-go place

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[Photo: Hasedera Temple in Nara - 長谷寺 本堂に向かう回廊]

「長谷寺の夕暮れ時、一度は訪れた方がいい」
と奈良県人にすすめられ長谷寺に行ってきました。

この緑と空気! なんていう楽園。。。
長谷寺のたたずむ地域は、緑がぎゅうぎゅうにつまった自然の楽園でした。

お寺の僧侶が、時折、忙しそうに小走りで出てきては、蝋燭をともしたり夜の準備をしている中、夕暮れまで2時間、高台にたてられた本堂の舞台から山を見下ろしているのは、私だけ。 またしても、高級な温泉宿に宿泊するのと全く同じ究極の贅沢を無料で味いました。 

長谷寺 ...

一度は是非。 

とっておきの空間ですね。

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[Photo: Hasedera Temple in Nara - 長谷寺 本堂の舞台]



●● a must-go place ●●

”...Hasedera Temple at dusk is a must-go place...”

People in Nara advised me many times.

So, I went last weekend. And, it was in the place full of green and purest air.

Sundown in summer is around 7pm, I got to the temple shortly past five. The long staircase led me up the front stage area of the main structure. From there, all I could see was the sea of green green mountains.

I sat down on that stage waiting for the sundown. And, during the entire two hours, I was the only one except for those monks passing behind me every thirty minutes or so, lighting candles, doing their usual end-of-day routine.

Again, it was hard to believe that I had such a luxurious moment all to myself...
Yes, definitely. Hasedera is a must-go place.

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