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Walk along Lake Biwa canal

My little web space has officially turned into a flower photography blog !

It’s probably due to the fact that a lot of my downtime lately has been devoted to go and smell the roses flowers, quite literally ! The cherry blossoms season is now mostly over, but I can happily say that I really enjoyed it this year. These wanderings also gave me a chance to discover a few places in Kyoto I had never walked, which is always nice.

After a few busy weeks at work, I needed to breeze some fresh air and decided to walk along the Lake Biwa canal. This aqueduct was built at the end of the 19th century, between Lake Biwa – the largest lake in Japan- and the city of Kyoto, to transport water, merchandises and people as well as to generate electricity.

Late March through mid-April, the cherry trees that border this canal are all in different states of blossom, which really makes for a dreamy walk. The day I went, the  weather was cloudy and the sky turned grayer and grayer as I was progressing, still it was so beautiful ! (And it only started to rain once I decided to put my camera back in my bag, which was just perfect !)


First hint of Spring

Celebrating the season is part of the tradition in Japan, and yearly festivals scattered through the months remind us of the passing of time.

I love how the blossoming of seasonal trees and plants is cause for celebration. Camellia, plum trees, cherry trees, peonies, irises, hydrangea and lotuses are all favorites, but I’m particularly fond of plum blossoms. They look somehow quite similar to cherry blossoms but when you get to know them, are actually so different. Plum blossoms are pretty, cute and fun, while the beauty of cherry blossom is more subdued, more subtle, and has lot to do with how quick they are blown away by the spring wind. I find plum blossoms are more friendly…if it makes sense !

This year, I really wanted to go plum-watching, but was not really in the mood for the hassle of a crowded shrine or temple. After a bit of research, G. and I discovered that the park of the Imperial Palace has a plum garden. We had high hopes for a quiet atmosphere since the park is so big and major plum sites are scattered elsewhere around the city. It turned out even better!

Some people were walking around, enjoying the view, but not enough to be referred to as a crowd, the weather was cold but perfect, many kinds of plum trees were blossoming gently, each displaying its own shape and colors, and its own smell. As we were walking towards the plum garden, the air around us became sweeter, kind of Spring-like, with a hint of fresh leaves thrown in the mix. It is so difficult to describe a smell, but we had an amazing time enjoying the sweet perfume of the plum trees !

Spring was definitely in the air !

Home, away from home

I’m trying to get back in the groove of things as I have just been back home in Japan for a few days. The cold that was awaiting me does nothing to cure my poor jet-lagged brain, but I suspect that the beautiful sun shining today is going to help a bit !

I have been living in Japan for more than 10 years now, and I always get a bittersweet feeling when leaving my home country to return to my life over here. I’m trying to manage this strange mood as gracefully and peacefully as possible, but the jumble of emotions is a bit tricky to manage. It’s like I’m back, but a little part of me is still over there and doesn’t really want to go back…I guess a lot of people living abroad (or just far away from their family and friends) can relate…
So for now, I’m unpacking and moving things around as I settle again in my Japanese space. And breathing in the local air. To re-acclimate.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic beginning of 2011…!

2010 in photos

New-Zealand has already welcome 2011 a few hours ago, Japan has just jumped right into it. In France, where I am right now, we still have a few hours to go.

As I was going through the picture files on my computer, I felt like trying this. 2010 in photos. A trip back through some of this year’s moments. Some of the places I’ve been, memories of what was accomplished and discovered, some of the things I made, some of the recipes I tried.

Thank you so much 2010 for all the good stuff, for all the surprises, for the laughter. It was nice. Really.


Thoughtful Friday – Joyous

” The aim of life is to live,

and to live means to be aware,

joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware ”

Henry Miller ~

… and finding beauty at every corner,

finding joy in every possible nook and cranny,

choosing to look at these forgotten spots,

filled with treasures just waiting to be discovered.

Thoughtful Friday 2010 – 1

I thought it would be nice to bring Thoughtful Friday back.

I like gathering quotes. I like the way they make their way in my own thoughts until full absorption. I really like how my views can sometimes be a bit shaken by it.

I found this one a long time ago, it kept coming back to me. Probably because it is something  I find so true and yet really struggle applying to my own days. I’m often stuck in what happened before or what I would like to do “once (something else) is done”. The truth is that what is done and gone is exactly that : done and gone. There is nothing about it except us, richer from whatever experience it was. As for what is yet to be, well, everything begins this day, this moment.

Cheers to this day, to every new day !

“ Each morning we are born again.

What we do today is what matters most ”


June photo wrap-up


Not much to say as I’m trying to wrap my mind around the fact that half of 2009 is already behind us. Funnily enough, it went very fast and verrrry slow at the same time, but I can’t believe we’re already there.

So, what happens from now ? I wonder.

Lots of photos, and a little bit of motivation would be welcome…!

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