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

 

A little later, a little shakier…

Sakura House International FRIENDSHIP Party !
a little later, a little shakier…
but you get an idea of the vast amount of nations represented ….

 

 

Happy Party People

Sakura House Friendship Party December 19 , 2011

People and happy faces!!
Photos of a few guests but also a photo of Sakura House sweet
staff Lim-san.
She was actually trying to be as customer friendly as always, and
worked while we all were enjoying ourselves!
and… yeah…
….this was….later… after sake and beer …so photo quality is
accordingly ha ha ha

 

 


Above: Lim-san, staff at Sakura House, Shinjuku office

 

 

 

 

Coy Drinks Sake with Gold

Coy from Alabama drinks sake……with gold flakes….

 

 

 

International Friendship Party

Sakura House Friendship Party

December 19th 2011 in Shinjuku.

First of all the staff who work at Sakura house are amazing.
They are so kind, so knowledgeable, and well I just love them all!
Here is a mini video from last night’s friendship party.
At my table here first, we see people from Canada, USA, Germany,
Philippines and Japan. Then the camera is swaying out over
the room and you can probably see that the world is represented.
Sakura house has about 1500 tenants, give or take a few depending
on time of year etc.  from ~80 countries.
You can read more about them here:
http://www.sakura-house.com/en/
If you ever come to Japan for visit this is the place to stay.
If you stay less than a month, they have their own hotel and hostel.