Hello everyone in Oakhouseland,
Here is my seventh installment on my life in Japan and living at an Oakhouse Sharestyle. As I reminisce over my many wonderful years in Japan, I remember so many great times with great people. Some of my most enjoyable moments were walking around Tokyo as the seasons changed, watching the various colors and clouds in the sky and absorbing the good vibes of the environment and people. I could really relax and collect my thoughts walking down the many streets and suburbs of the city. So peaceful and the air filled with exotic smells of various food businesses and shops that lined the neighborhoods. It was indeed an inviting experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was never one that did much in the way of tourism and visiting places highlighted in a tour guide handbook, I simply ventured through different parts of Japan street by street, shop by shop, person by person. I was never disappointed wherever I ended up. It was always new to me, even when it got old. There is a certain enchantment in the air of Japan which always pulls me back in. Whenever I left Tokyo for Los Angeles, for example, I was always drawn back to her, like a never-ending love affair with the island’s people, culture and customs. I’m now living in Los Angeles again. It’s exciting here, but I miss Tokyo very much. Perhaps my love affair with Japan will refresh itself once more, and perhaps she may see me again soon…
La chambre m’a d’abord paru petite, mais les grandes possibilités de rangements m’ont tout de suite rassurées. Une belle étagère incluse dans le mur pourrait servir de bibliothèque. Le grand placard à porte coulissante serait idéal pour les vêtements et autres. Il y avait aussi un frigo, un petit meuble pour la nourriture, un grand bureau et un lit confortable. Bref, une petite chambre tout à fait charmante. Un parquet foncé, un style traditionnel, de grandes fenêtres, et une belle découverte : un balcon de 3m carré, idéal pour cultiver quelques petites plantes. C’est avec grand plaisir que je m’installais dans ce nouveau petit cocon. La Guest house de Sasazuka est une ancienne maison constituée de 7 chambres, de tailles à peut près semblables, une cuisine et une salle de bain commune. J’ai pu croiser, au fur et à mesure, les autres habitants de la Guest house. Une bonne ambiance règne ici, les gens viennent de partout, des anglaises, des français, un italien et un japonais. Je me plait vraiment ici.
Hello everyone in Oakhouseland,
Here is my fifth installment on my life at an Oakhouse Sharestyle. Living in the Nakano-ku area was quite relaxing. There was a park across the street where kids played, cherry blossom trees and yearly festivals. I was close to the Oedo, Marunouchi, Keio and Yamanote Lines for trains and subways. We had regular bus lines with direct routes to Shinjuku, Nakano and Shibuya stations. It was always nice to hear the chirping birds, and watch the trees in the park come into bloom. There were many shops and stores in the area. Pastry, vegetable, noodle, curry shops as well as many family restaurants. On a clear night from the roof of Sharestyle Shinjuku-nishi, you could get a panoramic view of Tokyo, with city lights filling the evening sky. Shinjuku was always especially bright. Radiant and glowingly alive. I spent many nights moongazing and mornings sungazing on that roof, lying spread out on the deck and watching the planes and birds fly peacefully overhead. Those were wonderful quiet, thought-filled moments. Meditative moments on that roof. I miss those days.
(Shinjuku view from the rooftop of Sharestyle Shinjuku-nishi in Nakano-ku)