I can feel the kiss

I recorded this video clip in Vanuatu 2010.
The true beginning…as every day is a beginning.
I just wasn’t aware of it then, that the trip to Vanuatu
was going to set-off a chain reaction of events,
that lead from this moment in Vanuatu,
to my ‘new life’ in Japan just a year later.

The amount of accumulated special moments since then
until this present moment, is huge!
So what I am doing, is to spread them out on my
enormous time line.
I have divided the time-line spanning from little before this
video in Vanuatu until today, and on it I add photos.
To each photo I add a note with event name,
for example “Live gig at Meguro Live Station with xxx band”.

Under the line I also add notes like departure times for
flights, visits from abroad, and everything else.
Just to keep track of all the places I’ve been…
is a task in itself
During the years I cover (about 6-7 years), besides my life in Japan,
I lived in or visited (not in order and many I visited several times):
USA: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,  Texas,
Utah, and Washington
UK including London and Wales, Sweden, Germany, Laos, Ukraine,
Azerbaijan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Vanuatu, Mexico, Canada, Singapore
…. and more
and in Japan, I traveled a total of 6 weeks with Japan Rail Pass.
From northern Tohoku to Kyushu and a lot of it in between.

The program I use for this purpose is called ‘Scapple’
and it’s really invaluable to my book writing project.

In the photo below I combined two screen shots.
In the upper half,
one can see one year (of approximately 7 years total)
In the lower half one can see
how it looks closer up.
I still need to add more notes about each event,
for example names of band members at a live,
or who was with me at a certain bar and so on.

scapple

It is however time-consuming!
Often I find my mind wandering off.
A photo generate an intense feeling of
actually being there.
I can smell the flowers.
I can hear the music.
I can feel the kiss on my lips.
I can hear arguments and conflicts.
I can sense the love
It’s all embedded in this time line.
And the questions arise.
Why?  Why did we meet?
Why did I choose this or that?
It is also time consuming by the whole
metod in itself,
but in the end, I’m sure this is the best way!

Memories, but also a future.
My future.
Our future.
I have no doubt that even if I’m writing my book
about the past, it is not finished.
My story is not finished.
Friendship, and relationships,
continue in to the future.
My book is a snippet of this
continuum!
It really has no true beginning,
nor is it by any means
over yet!

Anna

 

When in Japan…

 

 

IKEA

Imagine this, I had to move ALL the way to JAPAN
before I could visit a Swedish IKEA store ha ha

Yuka came along so she could try some Swedish foods,
so of course  we started in the restaurant with a huge lunch.
Gravlax, rökt lax, torsk, kokt potatis… YUMMY…
and yes this post might be a little hard to digest for my
Swedish dears still in New Mexico without any IKEA
in the whole state!
BUT
here it is for you as visual aid for the food cortex and memory  moahahaha

The Japanese Care about Shared Space

Everywhere one look there is CARE about shared SPACE!
The space we live and function in, is taken care of,
and made aesthetically appealing.
I think this is what I lack most in my current physical living space – the US.
It can be functional (often) for ex a drive thru,
but it is NOT often aesthetically appealing.
Way too often there are out door cafés next to parking lots,
and well it’s more of two separate domains in the US:
function in its domain and beauty in another separate domain!
In Japan they often share the same SPACE – function AND beauty!
However, I have noticed some improvements in that regard for example in Albuquerque, where the highways and roads are receiving statues and care.