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easter in Nagoya..

HI ther, has been awhile since my last drop in.
Came back to japan, left italy 2 months ago...now here i am again!
no many news, but my life is getting "normal" and i don`t really know how much i like this situation actually...
i mean, i love being in japan, i love my man, but there is something i miss...i think is the "working lifetsyle" that doesn`t fit me very well, i miss crazy parties with crazy people...i need a MASS-REAL-WORLD, miss people screeming in the street, miss going to people`S house without knowing the owner, eat pizza for 1 week, meet friends at 4 o`clock in the mornig and wait the sunrise before going to work, waiting the week end like in the movie "traffic people" (who doesn`t know about it, please rent it now), like it was the biggest event of the year
i mean,things like that, enjoy life without think too much. Japan, sometimes, it`s really really a little too much controlled! WHo red my other blogs knows how much i dislike Italy and how deeply admire japanese real world. But NOW i can feel i need a holiday!
anyway, next week end is gonna be EASTER. Now, or all the foreigners in japan i really wish all the best and i`m sorry if you`ll never find anywhere around this country, anyone who know what "easter" is.
For this reasone, anyone WHo`s gonna be in NAGOYA without any plans, will be more than wellcome to contact me through Travellerspoint, ad I`ll be happy to offer a roof and a nice Italian Ester Breakfast.
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i met my father,nothing changed

hey everyone, i'm back to italy since 2 weeks and i already need to go back to "my" japan! i know, i might sund crazy to many people who look at italy as the trip pf theyr life, but i really can't be here anymore!!! i saw all my friends again and i went at lunch at my grandma's..that was GREAT! i don't want to tell u the menu, but, trust me, it was amazing! I even see my father again, and that was my main worry..
my father is a great man, genouros, smart and....gorgeous! but he has a problem, he drinks a lot, since always, since i have memory of it, since they divorced.
Maybe this is not the best situation to tell u this, but, i think i need to tell this, to write to someone who doesn't know me, who doens't judge.
anyway, he drinks more since when the split up, or maybe this is what is good to me to think, to make him "innocent"...His brain as totaly made of alchool, so his blod, i really don't know how it can be awake and walk...he starts to drink in the morning adding some "grappa" (kind of superalchoolic sake) OR whisky to coffee for breakfast, then he goes trough an undefined number of wines and beers, rum, liquors, as so on until bedtime.. he doesn't get crazy, i think he never touched me with a finger in all my lfe and never he will but he's totally lost the touch with the real world.
it looks like he lives in a totally different dimension...
I can feel it with his questinos about thinghs happened years and years ago, for example askning me if all my child teeth fell down of if i still going at junior high.. He lives anything never happend, he decides what to accept or not, if there's something he doesn't like, he decides to don't remeber it! I'm living in japan since 2 years and still, he doesn't know why i'm there. I'm living with my man, and he doesn't want to know it, e never asked me his name, he doesn't have idea what my university degree is about...thanks god he still remebers my bitrhday!
It's hard to write all this, i don't think i ever done it before, but i hope i'm making it clear!
He never gave one cent to my mum to rise me up, they got diverced when i was 15 because he lost everything he had gambling and with horse racings... I talked to him but he's like all the others drug addicted:"I don't drink that much, what are u taliking about? i can stop anytime, i just to know why u want me to stop drinking!" That's what he used to tell me whenever i tried to understaind his mind!
guys, i'm not looking for a reson why h became like this aflter the person he was, i'm not trying to know how to help bhim because i know that's impossible to change a person, i'm just trying to find out how I CAN MAKE IT! I mean, how am i suppose to see him destroying himself like this, powerless.
i'm 10.000 Ks far from him and i'ms cared of his mind, he loves me and most of all my mom, he's not stable, he might to something bad, very bad, i'm scared for those rifles on the top of the fireplace at his home...

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gosh...going back, but just in "time"

sunny 5 °C

My adventure is still not over...i don`t want to stop it even if my travel in this country became a normal lifestyle...work, home, housband, friends, cinema on sunday night and video on monday.
i really don`t want to go back..but the date is set:sunday 15th Jannuary, my flight is waiting for me at Osaka airport to bring me back home, but will not last forever..i can feel that!
looking to my closet wondering what i`ll need... maybe just a backpack will be enough..no, no space for Omyage (souvenirs). Maybe i have to leave here some of the sweather i made by myself at night, when, i still remember, i couldn`t understaind the television! should i have to bring with me the thousands picture i took in every single spot i`ve been to? no..maybe just a cd will be more than enough...
i can believe, since few years ago, all of us, coming back from a trip, we were full of films of any kind! No digital camera hidden in the front pocket of the jeans with a neverending lithium battery in the cap...i miss those days...
Anyway, i think between me and my new closet there`s something wrong..i feel like, when i`ll step on the italian soil next sunday night, i`ll be back in time somehow, like if there`s a Delorian Time Machine instead of an airplane parked at the International airport!
i`ve been here for 2 years, no stop, and i know that slowly, i`m becoming japanese.. I mean,for example, two years without the car. Not because i can`t drive but because i DONT NEED IT! i like to catch the sybway here, there`s nothing wrong with it! is safe at night, people are clean and kind, it brings u everywhere without gettin mad in the traffic jam, fighting for a parking spot or waiting ages to comeback home from the seaside on saturday afternoon! Yes, i like to catch the train! I rome the train is WRONG, first because for the people is not COOl, then because is fucking scary and stinky! It doesn`t matter at what time u got in it, could even be 6.00 am it stinks! Plus, On the subway, a girl travelling by herself, can feel the men`s eyes running through her body, up and down, like if she was the first woman they ever seen!
If u don`t have a car, scooter, truck, camper or anything else with an engine, u r done!
Cell Phone. In japan the cellphone cost NOTHING. Everybody`s got the cell phone, even the over 65years old ladyies use it! It`s easy and is cheap. It has everything u need just in one touch! NO problem with range, with stupid different rates depending to who u call, how often, which operator with, at what time in which city of the same country u r doing the telephone call...they`ll ask us even why we r calling...
Then there is the latest thing...the people. I never met in my life a population so kind and clean. It doesn`t matter who u r or where u come from they always smile to u. U get in a shop, and the girls working give the wellcome with a great smile on the face (maybe smetimes is too loud but is always a pleasure!). In all the shops and restaurant, people employed are well dressed,jacket and tie for men, hair, makeup, hands, always tidy, for women.
no one screems in the street, no horn yelling from the car, no men talking to my ass (even if pornography in japan is very..."appreciated"...).
There`s something scary in this apparent perfect society, or maybe is just something totally obscure to us to understaind... This ultramodern lifestyle, with free information channels coming and going anyhwere, super telephones, web access and cable tv even on the trains, pornography for all the tastes, job chances for the over numbered citizens...why we are not like them?
Why we can`t keep our cities like they do? Wy the trains are always in late and in awful conditions, why people always find the shortest and the simplest way to do things, buildng palces? why we can`t appreciate the lifestyle we have instead of complaining because the car infront is slow or because the last playstation model is sold out?
what western society has to learn, is not how to reach the highest speed with the new ultrapower car, but how to respect the road they are walking on.
That s about it..i needed this lines to say my point of view..i`ll let u know how`s going down n the sunshine country of Itlay.

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pilgrimage to the Waterfall temple

across the frozen water fall

rain 3 °C

as everybody knows, in japan, last nite eve is not an event to celebrate with wild parties, night clubs, dancing and drinking untill next mornig..not at all.
This year, i decided to spend the "night" in another way, standing to the japanese traditions.
My boyfriend and I, left Nagoya (city where we live) to go to sky.
Now, Japanese mountains are not beautiful as the eurpean alps or the italian dolomites, but there is a sense of magic tha climbs the air....
We went through the high way for 100Ks, then heading towards Nagano prefecture and start to climb the frozen road up to the sky.
On the way to Ontake-san ("san" is used to design "mountain"), mountains are characterized by inscrpited votive stones standing on the sides of the road, all over the way to the Great Temple of the Waterfall. Japanese philosophy of life, Shinto, said that everything is nature, that all of us wll be back to nature after the death and, for this reason, Nature represents the world of gods (well knows as "kami"). Mountains, rivers, lake, bushes,all these elemests, are populeted by spirits, that people use to pray for, give offers to, go to pilgrimage from far away since long long time! That`s the reason why natural spot, even the simplier ones, are somehow pointed by a religious sign that can be a small temple,a simple altar with money cases for offers or just a "mon", the big gates at the entrances of religious places.
by the way, especially this area, is particulary known as more ..."spiritual" then others. Here is one of the biggest pilgrimage way to the Waterfall temple. The pilgrimage can be walked every time of the year, but doing it on winter seems to have more spiritual effect on the soul:the temperature is, usually, around -10 and once reached the Waterfall, the devote has to get change with a light cotton white t\shirt and just with that, has to climb the massive water fall to take some of the iced water, and pray. This has been done since few centuries and people keep doing it!
I skiped the "undressing" and i visited the Waterfall totally dressed up with boots, gloves and wool cap...sorry guys.
The sky resort was in the middle of the "road" an at nite, especially last nite eve, when me and my boyfriend were "patying", i really didn`t feel confortable..,maybe it was nothing but, the wind through the trees, the old building with its smell, the old sisters which owened the hotel...well didn`t make us feeling confortable!
any way, i spend the most exciting and spiritual last nite eve of my life!
even because in the morning, i had A GREAT SKY DAY!

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novelling down the bridge

a story

sunny 2 °C

u step down from the Great portal and u meet the thousands dears asking for ur hand full of dry rice..kids sceraming around scared from them and from their hard hair.
Someone said that this animal can feel your breath from far away, and can follow you down the great road towards the Todaiji Temple without u can notice it. It can be true or not, but u never sure about the popular legend of ghost right? u can`t believe that a dear can be, for few moments, ur protector on the holy road to the great wood complex in Nara.
there`s a story or legend...but i prefer to call it "novel", and I`ll tell it to u, in the simplest of the way, without scary shots or monsters coming down from the trees.
the novel is abut "something secret" hidden in the stomack of one of those dears. People living there, said that this is the reason why there r so many of them, so "the woman who`s looking for this thing" will find not few problems to look at the right dear!
going back to our novel...this dear, which doesn`t have a name, is the eldest of all those dears living in Nara. He started his life aorund thousand years ago, because of the willling of a great monk.
The monk, was known with the name of Yasu, and at that time, he was encahrged to defend the "great pagoda" that once was there (and now is gone..). He was terrific beautyful, and he used to express his beauty wihti his maners and words of pray and peace.
He spent most of his vote life around that pagoda, looking after it, studiyng the holy writes and...because he was a man...dreaming. And his dreams were about the power to see what is inside the pagoda. As everyone knows, the Pagoda is closed to everyone, inside the construction there are 8 or 9 floor instead of the 5 u can c from out side, and is built to KEEP the tresures of the Buddha (it can b a sutra, nail, hair ir even a painting). The only presences inside are the 4 demons at the bottom of the 4 sides of the oagoda. No one is allowed to get in. No one.
So. Yasu`s dream was to b able to look inside the pagoda, even for few seconds, just to c if what his master told him was true: "only the dears living in the park can c what is inside. Just them because only them Siddha can trust, and He knows that his secret will b kept in theyr eyes without danger".
Dears as the tradition wants,are famous to b very brave and leal animals.
Yasu, evryday at the sunset time, left his post in front of the great pagoda, took his "bento box", his sutra`s book and walked down the bridge, crossing the dears. He lookd into their eyes, trying to c what he couldn`t c, trying to find even the smallest reflex of what can b hidden behind the misterious walls. Every day, he kept seraching through them, but all of them looked the same to him, but still, every night, before going to sleep, a wish came out from his prays..the one to be a deras, just for once.
Years passed, and the time touched even Yasu`s beautiful face, painting it with a soft knife. Again, everynight he went trhough the dear`s eyes, looking for the invisible.
Then, when he was on his 60, he was tired, tired and tired to b alive, wihtout knowing what the pagoda kept in its body. And he cryed, because he spent all his life learning about life, philososphy and holy writes always infront of the great mistery of the Pagoda.
And now, a bad thought came on his mind... maybe, there`s nothing inside there! During the ages, men had to trust in something that might not exist and never will!
Yasu`s started to think that there was anything else for him to study or to teach, because there always will be something he doens`t know, a mistery that not even His master could resolve.
The same nite, a resignation smile came on his face and he got blind. Totally dark beacame aorund him. Closed in his cell, he got out.Just the long years spent in there, and the momory of each small stone unfernith his toes could help him to step on. It was a deep dark cold nite, but even without seeing anything, he went to the paogada, and he sat on the crumbled stones of the yard just infront.
A dear came towards hin and gave to Yasu`s its eyes. The monk could c again, a light help him to walk to the pagoda. He got in,but still it was to dark, the air heavy and his legs tired from the time on the earth. No fear, no doubts..nothing to loose, but everything to get.. and then he saw it.
I`m sorry, not even the novel knows what he saw that night, and no one does, i`m afraid.
Yasu died the same night. He`s body has been buried but his soul keep living wiht the dears, and at night, he comes back to the holy Pagoda...even now that is gone.

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