Booklover's July.

 A month has passed since I came back from Europe. Once again, my life became simple routine of home to work, then work to home, and a local supermarket sometimes. I'm not complaining this dull situation. But suddenly, I feel extremely down, anxious without any particular reasons, unable to sleep, lose my weight....well, it happens to me from time to time, and there's almost nothing I could do for it.

 Well, it seems I need to be relaxed on this weekend :)


Three years has passed since a total collapse.

 For me, divorce was something like a huge natural disaster: It was so massive that I can’t even figure out how devastated it has been.

 For the past three years, I try to focus on living myself. Cooking small dish in dawn, cycling all the way up to an art school every Saturdays, reading old novels and drawing a sketch sometimes. Perhaps, I was trying to convince myself that I still have things I love, and was capable of handling myself.
 I’ve relatively been feeling content, but constantly felt empty nevertheless. And being alone fuel its sadness.

 Well, it’s only three years, and I will carry on with it.


Going to July.

 Even though things get tougher, I become totally alright when I go to bed, sleep, and waking up the next morning. That's a good thing about sleep, and how I carry on my life :)


A peaceful morning of June.

Sometimes I feel like everything has changed, and yet nothing has changed at the same time.


Coming to France...finally!!

 For more than a decade, it had been my long dream to travel to Europe. I love French food, I love painting in France and the Netherlands, I love culture in there. About two weeks ago, something came up in my mind, made me thought, “Well, it’s time to trip”. I immediately found a flight to France, and within two weeks, I was in Paris.

So, where shall I start with? Of course....

 French food! Yahoo!!

 The menu was only French, but they kindly told me what they can serve, and I took a steak plate with red wine. It’s been a while since I drank last time. But since I came to France, there was no reason not to have a nice wine!

The interior of the bistro was super nice. Dark wooden high stools, chic tiles on the floor, mild yellow light shining from the celling...so great.

 After taking late lunch, I began walking on Paris. Wherever I looked, there are always old architectures. Classic style apartment with balcony, and small cute chimneys on the roof..It’s quite different from home in Japan, which usually lacks individuality. 

 Crossing a famous river Seine, I arrived at the great museum Orsey, where we can find one of greatest paintings of impressionists. Like many Japanese, I'm a big fan of it, and couldn't miss it!


 Build in 1900, the architecture of Orsay was originally made for station, and transformed as a museum later on. Considering its massive space and huge clock on the glass wall, that's understandable.

 Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet.... we can't see such scale of great artworks in Japan...Never!

 As I had a fresh fruit juice in a cafe, I finished my first day of Paris. About tomorrow? I will go to the greatest museum in the world!! :)



Just near Mt. Fuji, Staying in freezing winter in Yamanashi Prefecture.

 Live with a beautiful mountain is a huge experience for many people, especially if it is world heritage. In the cold winter of mid February 2018, I made a two-week trip and stayed Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県), near Mt. Fuji, at 3,776m, the highest mountain in Japan.

 Everyday was another cold day, and person like me who lives in Tokyo couldn't believe how cold it was. Just less than two hours ride on bus, Yamanashi Prefecture is almost a  whole different country with low temperature in the nights (in an average of minus 12 degrees Celsius). In my life with many traveling to countries, I had never been such a freezing place.

 Thankfully, the weather had been good during my stay, and I could see the mountain wherever I was. It was not only high, indeed it was massive, and I wasn't sick of it at all ;)

 Sometimes I took a walk around a beautiful lake in my neighbour Lake Kawaguchi (河口湖). It's one of Fuji Five Lakes (富士五湖), spreading around the north of the mountain. There was a pathway along the shore with some wooden bench. It must be nice place to read a book it it wasn't so cold, haha.

 Thanks to the mountain being nominated to the world heritage in 2013, many tourists began to come, and top-notch cafes and restaurants as well as accommodations are widely available. I visited one of fine cafes near the lake, felt like being home :)

 I believe it was a bank of some sort....

 Also, I drove to other lake, which was Lake Yamanaka (山中湖). Due to its altitude of 980m, there was covered with thick ice in the north. I could walk on the iced surface a bit (I have no courage to go further, you know!)

 Beautiful mountain covered with snow on top, mirror like lakes....Yamanashi Prefecture is a great place to go, if you can cope with its cold!