Got your back: Photos from behind + Short Stories

Got your back: Photos from behind + Short Stories

Back of my father and mother which feels smaller. Back of my sister looking at her little daughter. Back of people walking in front of me. There is no mouth on the back. But it tells a lot… Joy, Anger, Sorrow, Jealousy, Love… In an intangible language. The photo gallery Got your back has photos focused on someone’s back with short stories. Hope you find the interest in them!

Kagawa: Senmaida in Shōdoshima

Kagawa: Senmaida in Shōdoshima

It was the second time for the parents of my chéri to visit Japan. They only visited the big cities last time, so we planned a road trip to show them the different side of Japan. We used a ferry and a rental car to travel in Shikoku region. Shōdoshima was the first place we visited in Shikoku. All the people we met there were very friendly and gentle. One guy picked us up because he thought we were poor foreign tourists lost in the middle of nowhere. There were also some old men who gave us souvenirs after having a chat. Ripe persimmons. Aromatic fragment olives. We could have…

Shizuoka: Early Summer in Hamamatsu

Shizuoka: Early Summer in Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu is a city in Shizuoka prefecture, located 1.5 hours away from Tokyo by bullet train. I visited there to see my friend and his girlfriend. We met in London, but it was our first time to see all together because we were busy with work and study while living in London. On that day we did some activities at Hamamatsu Castle Park such as cycling and playing frisbee. The best part of this trip for me was at Lake Hamanako. The bright red sunset of the early summer was very beautiful. And the Unagi-don was very delicious. Who I want to see even for a short time. Who wants…

Fukuoka: Brother & Chéri

Fukuoka: Brother & Chéri

Sakura blossom is one thing you cannot miss when you visit Japan in spring. We went on a trip from Fukuoka to Kyoto with my chéri’s brother to appreciate the spring beauty. It was still chilly but we could see a flurry of sakura in the wind at Ōhori Park. My chéri’s brother loves Japanese animation films, so he was thrilled to come visit Japan for the first time. It was also exciting for him to see my chéri in person after one year and half. Chéri’s brother: “Nē, otōto. Genki desu-ka? (Hey younger brother, how are you?)” Chéri: “Genki desu-yo. (I’m good.)” How adorable to see them speaking each…

Kyoto: Fushimi Thousand Torii

Kyoto: Fushimi Thousand Torii

Fushimi Inari Shrine is friendly called as “O-inari-san” in Kansai region. It is one of my favourite in Kyoto, so I have been there so many times. I took my chéri to the shrine when he came to Kansai region for the first time, and we hiked all the way up to the top Ichi-no-mine. On that day, it was showery. Although, the vermillion colored torii gates looked more mysterious in the vibrant dark green moss. And it was also the day for Inari Festival. There were many men in happi coats who carry Mikoshi, a portable shrine. I felt the tradition and the history of shrine from the back…

Germany: Dresden At Dusk

Germany: Dresden At Dusk

For the winter break when I lived in the UK as a grad student, I planned to visit my old friend to Brno in Czech. Then I also planned a train trip in Germany by Deutche Bahn before going to Czech, since I always wanted to go to Berlin after reading Mori Ōgai’s “The Dancing Girl (Maihime in Japanese)”. On the way from Munich to Berlin, I stopped at Dresden. The old town at dusk was beautiful enough to forget the coldness of winter. I felt jealous at this old man walking in front of me, by imagining his life enjoying this gorgeous view every day. I found out later…

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