Well there are times like that…

I just came back from my second trip to Japan. And now, two weeks after, I’m getting sick, not physically… I mean, I have the blues, big time. Last time I came back from Japan in 2011, it wasn’t that bad, the blues went by and I’ve continued living pretty much like before, only a little bit shook by the atmosphere and impregnated with values, ideas and memories…
But now, it’s deeper than that. I’ve met so many new and nice people and made so many memories. Moreover, since I was pretty much on my own, knowing my way around, I had plenty of time to think. Not that I didn’t have time in 2011, more that in 2011 it was the discovery, the taming process. Now, my life has been completely hustled, and it’s being part of me, and/or a part of me has been left there still… Also, I’ve met someone that left a big imprint in my heart and in my mind… You know, THAT special someone you dream of meeting for a long time and you think you’ve just miraculously found…
Someday I just wish I’d just go and lost myself in Shikoku, Chūgoku or just Chūbu…. even there… deep are the woods…
I love Japan so much now… so much more than my own country… Every instant, every breath I now take I wish I could just live in Japan forever…
You’ll ask me why, but it’s so complicated but simple to explain at the same time!!
I learned so much and went so deeply in Japanese culture, history and ways of living of today that I think I’ve made it to a point that few people made it in order to adapt themselves at living in Japan and being culturally embrassed and smoothly swallowed into the way of living there… AND I DON’T EVEN LIVE THERE YET!!!
Not sure how I could describe this but many times, people that I know wondered about many aspects and asked “why japanese do this?”, “why japanese that?” and I could explain it to them, or at least try to put the obvious reasons in their heads without them refusing too much to believe it….
I might still be a beginner at speaking and reading japanese myself but I could understand a lot more in Japanese than I thought in the last year than I did in the last ten years….
Go figure…

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Yourself

Ah… the things you do to yourself and make yourself do sometimes gets wrong, sometimes you feel like letting yourself loose, let go of everything, get lost, willingly… get out of your own life and live your dreams, even if it’s for a short period…

I’m preparing myself for going in Japan for two weeks…

only two weeks, will it even be enough??

I feel like I have big wounds and they would only heal there…
I might need help to open my heart, which is dusty like an old pirate’s trunk, but probably full of treasure and unbelievable finds..

Abandonned car dealerships in Namie-machi, Fukushima, Japan

Yes, you surely have come accross some articles over the Internet about recent Google Street View coverage now available in Namie region, Fukushima prefecture in Japan, a region affected by both the tsunami and the radioactive state in the aftermath of the 3-11-2011 Tohoku earthquake.

Well, as urban explorers might want to guess, this city and area will most probably become a ghost town, for quite some time, since the inhabitants have been evacuated from the area and have only been granted very limited access since the disaster.

Hence why Google recently disclosed images of the area, fully available in Steet view. Why you say? Because the mayor of Namie and other mayors in the prefecture asked Google to cover the area wit Street View in order to provide its citizen with images of their homes in order to reassure them and get them to know the state of their city about two years after the disaster

You can today go thru Namie-machi (machi is for city) on Google Street View :
https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=namie,+japan&hl=en&ll=37.494609,141.000681&spn=0.03977,0.088148&sll=53.796105,-68.44248&sspn=30.590142,90.263672&t=h&hnear=Namie,+Futaba+District,+Fukushima+Prefecture,+Japan&z=14

The more you get into the city, the more you realize that many things have been left behind. And as you know, I love cars so I couldn’t miss the many abandonned car dealerships and spots in the area.

Take a look at what I’ve captured for you (Pictures from Google, thanks Google!) :

This one carried the Subaru and Suzuki brands, and at some point the Daihatsu brand too!?

A view to inside the city and towards the mountain of the inner Japan :

The town is now deserted…

Sports cars have been put away, here, a Nissan Fairlady Z in the back and upfront an S13 Silvia :

Uh! Wait! There is also a R32 Skyline!!!

This one looks like the police is chasing the Google Street View car!!! :

This brand spankin’ Honda dealership looks like there are still customer’s cars waiting to be fixed… or recovered…

As the trucks and other cars left at this Daihatsu garage, maybe a repair spot, not sure about the small places like this one and the one in the first picture…

L’antre de Pô (L’entrepôt)

Bon! Il était temps que je fasse une entrée en français dans mon “nouveau” blog.

La vie continue lentement son chemin sinueux à travers les épreuves, les branches et de multiples épisodes plus ou moins intéressant les uns que les autres.

Des images…
Depuis un certain temps déjà, il m’arrive de partir à la chasse aux images sur Google afin de dénicher des images dignes d’être affichées en tant que bannière sur Facebook. Il m’arrive souvent de tomber sur des images “pas rapport”, qui s’avèrent intrigantes et qui m’incitent donc à aller plus loin, à ouvrir des pages situées dans des recoins lointains et reculés de l’Internet.

Une image vaut mille mots. Mais quand ces mots sont en japonais, alors là, inutile de dire que la barrière du langage écrit est difficilement franchissable, surtout que, aidé par Google Translate, on découvre que ce n’est pas l’outil idéal pour comprendre adéquatement les mots, les textes, les blogs écrits en japonais. Hélas!
Voici deux blogs intéressants que j’ai découverts de cette façon. La destination est telle que lorsque j’ai été au delà de l’image :
http://chmastian.blogspot.ca/2012/07/blog-post_29.html
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/masuraoo/20100627/1277607534

Dans certains, on croirait apprendre, prendre connaissance d’une tranche de vie. Certains blogs sont tellement prenants. J’en reste bouche bée, presque jaloux, de leurs vies, de leurs moments, de leurs images, ce qu’elles transmettent, le rapport à la vie qu’elles projettent…
Ce sentiment, indescriptible, le vivre, est trop souvent accompagné de nostalgie, à un niveau auquel j’imagine que peu d’entre vous en ont eu l’expérience…
Que dire d’autre?

Néanmoins on peut y comprendre plusieurs chose et parfois on aimerait en savoir plus. Mais encore, contacter ces gens peut s’avérer encore une tâche ardue de compréhension et de traduction…
Je vous invite à aller au-delà des images, ainsi, voici un point de départ, bon voyage!!! :
https://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=5&gs_ri=psy-ab&tok=VrdUrf4Jcvmfs_xqvNuMtA&pq=izu+sports+world&cp=12&gs_id=j0&xhr=t&q=%E4%BC%8A%E8%B1%86%E9%95%B7%E5%B2%A1%E3%82%B9%E3%83%9D%E3%83%BC%E3%83%84%E3%83%AF%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AB%E3%83%89&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:fr:official&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.43287494,d.dmg&biw=1408&bih=687&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=HBdBUeatKtG14AOAjIA4#imgrc=_

Apprendre le japonais
Non, je n’ai pas besoin d’apprendre le japonais pour ma vie professionnelle, même si ça serait extra, mais bien pour mes intérêts personnels. Qui sait, des liens entre les deux pourraient apparaître, ça serait génial.

Aller habiter au Japon.
J’en rêve encore et toujours. Certains diront que j’ai la tête dans les nuages, d’autres me diront que je ne me presse pas assez, que je ne fais pas assez d’efforts, qu’il y a des points négatifs, des barrières infranchissables. Je me blâme moi-même, mais quand c’est d’autres personnes qui essaient soit de critiquer ma démarche, de me faire complètement changer d’idée, de me décourager… Ça devient très difficile. J’ai la vie devant moi… Je n’ai pas de femme, pas de blonde, pas d’enfants… Je pourrais encore faire tout ce que je veux dans la vie. Mais, il semble que je dois m’occuper de mes parents et de mes frères. Pourquoi est-ce qu’ils comptent autant sur moi? Pourquoi moi? Pourquoi est-ce que je dois consacrer tout mon temps et mes énergies pour les aider? Bon, peut-être que j’exagère un peu mais j’ai l’impression d’avoir beaucoup de pression, tellement, que je sens qu’un jour le bouchon vas sauter tout seul.

Pourquoi vivre et ne pas profiter de la vie? Pourquoi ne pas profiter de sa propre vie?

J’ai besoin de temps, beaucoup de temps.
On dit qu’il arrange bien des choses.

Vais-je manquer de temps? Vais-je être en retard pour concrétiser certaines choses? J’ai l’impression de manquer mes rendez-vous avec la vie…
Je fais des efforts dans mes projets, dans ma vie, mais il n’y a personne qui réalise comment j’avance et qui comprend de quelle façon je m’y prend. C’est parfois très frustrant. Exemple, certaines activités sont cauchemardesques pour certaines personnes tandis que pour d’autres personnes, plus rares, ces activités sont presque un hobby, presque quelque chose de tout à fait normal. Tout cela dépend du rapport que l’on a avec les choses!

Bon, je ne vais pas encore une fois extrapoler sur mes pensées philosophiques à ce sujet, car en fait, vous n’avez qu’à suivre mon blog et retourner dans mes posts plus anciens pour découvrir des point de vue et des choses intéressantes en ce qui concerne les relations de l’humain avec les autres individus, la nature, les choses, la spiritualité et les animaux…

Je vous invite ainsi fortement à consulter les anciens posts de mon blog, lesquels j’ai récupéré sur LiveJournal!!!

3 – 11 (Earthquake and tsunami)

Well, it’s been two years now since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
And still the pain is still visible thru the glimpse of life we happen to get here from Japan.
There is clearly some things that still need to be done there with reconstruction efforts and cleaning of areas touched by the Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear powerplant failure.
There are thousands of people still living in the aftermath, in the nightmare of having to deal with what happened there. Those who still live in temporary housing, those who suffer of having lost a relatives, a child, a brother, a parent, a neighbor…
These people NEEDS a relief!!! These people NEEDS help!!!
I cannot shut myself up thinking everything will solve itself… I wanna help… Even if it’s only a little bit.
I’m hoping I can get to Japan again soon and get myself helping in the reconstruction of this part of the country.
No need to say now how much I love Japan and how much I would give to live a good life there… Y’know, it ain’t ever been simple to move there either. And it certainly involves learning way more than what I already know [and I certainly know a whole bunch of things] about Japan.
Heck I’m still here trying to “get out” of my own life, struggling to get my objectives going…
I guess we all have our struggles, I’ll save you from the details, but when I think about the people in Japan, in Tohoku region, that had their life completely changed, see shattered… I can’t help just to say “gaman”, “hold on”!!
GAMAN!! GANBARIMASU!!
我慢する!がんばります!

Akihabara@DEEP

And so I started watching yet another japanese drama, featuring some actors and actress I’ve merely ever seen before. This will set me back Tokyo, Akihabara district, which I didn’t have much time to visit in my 2011 trip to Japan. The title is Akihabara@DEEP, it tells the story of three young men encountering many different things related to their otaku lifestyle including the encounter of women. Seems like a nice funny action packed drama for a while!! 11 episodes to watch!
This is a good start for this 2013 year since I took a long one month hiatus on watching dramas… The last one being Nazotoki wa dinner ato de, which I watched online and quite remembered watching the first episodes a while ago or seeing a drama which had pretty much the same exact setup at the begginning. Not to say it was bad, but it lacked a little bit of depth and caracter. Nonetheless, this gave me “material” to consider giving another go at writing my novel, which is entering the 2nd year hiatus… I better have time to finish this one someday… Speaking of which, I’ve been thinking to rewriting completely my novel, keeping some elements, and improving the story’s depth and unforeseen drama..

Well, time to watch japanese drama now!!

Why I love Japan (Part 2A) : yukata and japanese tradional clothing

Clothing…

For all my friends that love the japanese clothing… There is a wonderful shopping site (web) that I found years ago, from which I buy many many kimonos and yukatas, so here it is : http://www.net-shinei.co.jp

They hold a “Bon” period sale every year and deals can be found there on traditional Japanese clothing!!!! Wandafull!!

And here, how to tie an obi belt for the guys.. very informative LOL :

Why I love Japan (Part 1A)

This is the first of a serie on stuff that I truly like about Japan and that makes me want to move there.
This first video which I’m presenting is very informative, very good to watch and to learn from for all of us.
Japanese people tends to eat way healthier than here in North America. When I went to Japan, I’ve been there for only two weeks actually, and by eating the food there, I was already starting to feel much better about myself than here. Also, the way of life of the Japanese people that I made myself live is very good. In the city you rarely use cars, you walk, you take the train, the subway. I lost about 10 to 15 pounds when I went to Japa because it was very warm and I walked a lot. Obviously I drank a lot and hydrated myself. It was the best vacations I’ve ever taken.
Today, and since I developped my passion for Japan, about 10 years ago, I eat more and more like the Japanese people. At home we eat a lot of rice, vegetables, fish and fruits, and we really like it. Nutrition is the center of our universe, why not make it the best? In America, there’s a lot of things that contains wheat flour and gluten, sugar… It’s very bad for our health, my dad has been very sick because of wheat gluten…

In an ideal world, I’d like our society to imitate and/or take lessons from the Japanese culture, and it starts with the nutrition.


These days in Tokyo, what’s happening big? COMIKET 82, the ultra-big anime and such convention in the world. Cosplays people and anime fans from around Japan and even from around the world flows to Odaiba to celebrate and participate in this mega event.

My regret is that last year, at the time of this bi-annual convention in August, I was there in Japan, but didn’t attend the convention. I hope to go there in the near future as there is a Winter Comiket apparently…

(2001) Spirited away – 千と千尋の神隠し


Spirited away (Anglais)
Le voyage de Chihiro (Français)
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi – 千と千尋の神隠し (Japonais)

Langue : Japonais
Pays d’origine : Japon
Durée : 125 minutes
Type : –
Présentation : 27 juillet 2001
Auteur : Hayao Miyazaki
Producteur : Toshio Suzuki
Directeur : Hayao Miyazaki
Musique : Joe Hisaishi

Résumé :
Chihiro, petite fille de 10 ans, se retrouve dans un monde parallèle trouvé dans le bois au confins de la forêt japonaise à cause de ses parents, qui croient avoir trouvé un parc d’attraction abandonné. Bien des choses sont différentes dans ce monde où elle devra travailler fort pour retrouver ses parents et rentrer chez elle. Heureusement, elle n’est pas seule, elle fait la rencontre de Haku, qui l’aidera dans sa démarche.

Critique :
Un des meilleurs et plus connus des films d’animation japonaise au monde. Écrit et dirigé par Hayao Miyazaki, un des plus illustres dans ce métier depuis le tout début des dessins animés, ce film s’inscrit dans les nombreux chef-d’oeuvres qu’il a accomplis. Véritablement un “must watch”.
Présenté ici avec la vidéo Youtube en anglais ( -_- pour atteindre plus d’auditeurs), il est recommandé de l’écouter et regarder en langue originale sous-titré pour vraiment prendre l’essence du film. Par contre, les images, que l’on a un peu moins l’occasion de voir lorsque l’on lit des sous-titres, valent la peine d’être vu pour leur époustouflant niveau d’attention au détail et d’imagination inspiré de l’architecture japonaise.