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

 

Sugizo Talks Part 3

Sugizo talks at panel discussion
(in Japanese only 日本語
Part 3 at No Nukes – More Hearts
Yoyogi Park Dec 3, 2011

 

 

Strong Children Japan

NO NUKES – more HEARTS

Drawings by children in Fukushima.
This man was holding up drawings from children from Fukushima,
and I promised to give a SHOUT OUT for their blog
Since a lot of the dangers around nukes are due to the possible harm
for our children and yet unborn children, I wanted to share this with you….
http://strongchildrenjapan.blogspot.com/

Quoting from the blog:
“Portraits of Japanese children and young people living with the
ongoing consequences of the Fukushima Daichi nuclear accident,
the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11th 2011.
The images and words are made by the children, combined with their portrait by Japan-based English artist Geoff Read done according to their instructions. The aim is to enable them to share their important experiences and thoughts with the world. ”

Typhoon Approaching

Typhoon approaching, but I wasn’t aware of that yet….
I was having trouble just trying to stay dry on my path here.
The water masses became an increasingly troublesome obstacle<
and by now I was really soaked!
I started to debate IF going to Nikko tonight for a visit there tomorrow,
was such a stellar idea!
I was so wet that my skin started to curl up,
and well ignorant me had NOT packed any thick jacket or sweater!
Maybe I should consider going back to Tokyo tonight?!