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九月的秋分之日

在九月的秋分之日的晴天下午,我从筑波山神社爬上了茨城县筑波山的女体山的最高处。或许是因为久违的登山的关系,距离虽然不到三公里,但是我却花了接近2个小时才到山顶。也许是因为前几天下雨的关系,虽然登山口路道的土壤已干了,但是往山顶的路道依然有不少的水迹和烂泥。山里因为许多树木的关系,我很难看得见蓝天白云,但是幸亏山路依旧可走。我和擦肩而过的登山客和下山客一边轻轻打个招呼,一边吃力的往女体山顶处爬。 爬到山顶之时,茨城的部分美景把我和其他登山客给吸引住了。在山顶处到处都是岩石,而且也没有篱笆,若脚一滑而跌倒有丧命的危险,但是我和其他登山客都安全的找到各自的“岩石”,并且靠着岩石坐下来欣赏美景。也许是因为被美景所吸引的关系吧,有部分的登山客(包括自己)在即使抵达了山顶之后没有立即离开,而是选择坐下来/站着继续观赏其景色。 我不太了解茨城县的地理,所以我不知道眼前的密集地带是属于哪个城市。很幸运的,我偶然听到身边貌似是父子的两人在谈着眼前的这片景色。“从这边(因为云的关系而)看不到,但是在那城市的稍微远处就是霞浦湖。”父亲一边指着某个城市,一边对儿子如此热情的解释着。听他这样仔细说明着眼前景色的地理,我也因此学到了新的事物。之前在网上和电视看过某搭巴士的旅游节目里曾有介绍这座湖,但是至今我还没去过。有时间或许可以到这座湖周边观光! 好几十分钟后,我稍微依依不舍的离开了此处,开始下山。在爬山前我看到有注意事项,提醒游客和登山客在太阳下山前离开,以免迷路。更何况,在海拔数百米的地方和到处都有树林的情况和没有方便的交通工具之下,在适当的时间离开是上策之一。很无奈的,我因为太迷上了观赏美景和享受山上的小片美食而错过了最后一趟前往筑波火车站的傍晚5点的巴士,所以只好搭计程车到筑波火车站。当时身上持有的钞票也不多,但是幸好计程车的司机接受无现金支付。(虽然在拿到收据的时候就发现费用不便宜就对了。。。) 在计程车的那至少半个小时的车程里,我和司机先生聊了不少话题,让我觉得那段车程感觉不长。从司机先生推荐的拍摄夜景的好地方到和司机先生所吐的有关本地政治的各种苦水,我享受那段聆听他人讲故事的时间。我和司机先生也笑着说,若时间再长一些,我们还能多聊几句。“您小心慢走!”,抵达在筑波火车站的巴士中心之后司机先生下车向我轻轻鞠个躬边笑笑的对我说。我也轻轻的举个躬,之后就进入车站等候下一班往东京方向的快速电车。 久违登山的关系,肌肉在隔天就开始酸疼起来了。然而,这个酸疼仿佛是激发身体某处开关的效果,也许也无意识中鞭策了自己应该去实行自己爱做的事。More

Chemistry between water and music

I attended an exhibition of a collaboration work (installation) between Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani in Tokyo a while ago. Titled “water state 1”, this work is explained as follows: In the center of the work, water droplets spread out as ripples on the mirror-like jet-black surface of the water, and the precise and detailed…More

Bullet train trip to the Tohoku region

A while ago, I went on a trip that covered the majority of the Tohoku region (map below) via the shinkansen bullet train with a friend. The prefectures we managed to visit are: Aomori (Aomori City) Akita (Akita City, Semboku City) Iwate* (Morioka City) Miyagi (Sendai City) Fukushima (Aizuwakamatsu City) Yamagata (Yamagata City) * Stopped…More

Getting vaccinated and the race against time

Race for an appoinment After weeks of trial and error attempting to grab an appointment through Japan’s Ministry of Defense’s Tokyo mass COVID-19 vaccination website, I finally secured an appointment to receive my first dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last Friday. The process to secure an appointment was straightforward – I opened a web browser,…More

Hello, happy birthday. #2

How are you lately? Jumping to a new high The pandemic still hasn’t turned out better as expected — the stronger Delta variant had almost become mainstream amongst other variants worldwide. Looking back a year ago today, I cannot help but to wonder if you are doing well. Perhaps the answer is yes, since you…More

站在交叉之路

1/4 最近跟同龄朋友在聊天时,不时会提起彼此的生日。我不禁说道,“就这样,我们就过了我们1/4的…”。话未说完,我便沉静了一会,意识到后半句和整个句子的含义和其”重量”。 在这个月的15日,我进入了1/4后的世界。 回头一看 回头一看,铺着今天走的路道上的各种经历充满着各式的材料。上中学前曾发生的一件事,可谓彻底的影响了一生和人生观,毕竟,该件事的源头和让其结尾变得不精彩的主角是自己。回头一看,这也许是因为我不定期的在《白纸黑墨》里写下各种点滴的关系吧。然而,我也不忘对在那故事的另外一个主角抱着感恩的心。写在实体纸上也罢,写在虚拟纸上也罢,对你的感恩,我永远忘不了。希望在来世,自己不会再犯下其愚蠢的错误吧。 说到回头一看,我无法避开不提起此疫情。COVID-19疫情为世界带来的影响,已经足够的改变了世界的许多根本,尤其是肢体上的接触。曾经何时,原本已经是奢侈的亲朋好友聚会,通过此次事件变得更加奢侈了。在长期独自生活和实行社交距离期间,我赤裸裸的面对自己时间也变得更长。在无需过度在意他人眼光之下,对着蓝天白云按下手机的快门按钮,将那漂亮的夕阳放入半永久的脑海和手机容量的存档里。 将照片上传到自己的Instagram之际,为照片留下的内容无需放多言,只留下简单的一句话。“心里最纯粹的那个想法。”,我不时想着。疫情一旦过了之后,当生活渐渐恢复正常之际,“新的正常”会是怎样的呢?我不时这样想着。 站在交叉之路 …在这里的期间, (今年就)进入第三年…不久后就要决定是否要继续留在这里… 在这段时间,无论是和家人、朋友或上司,我都会以不同的方式说出上述的句子。这一般都是在问自己未来的打算之时所会用的句子之一。我不时会在脑海里翻看早前设下的未来计划,一边看着家里白色的墙壁放空,一边想着接下来该怎么做…。这可谓站在路的交叉之间呀。 日本在近期已经宣布会开放给18岁以上的居民打疫苗,并且已经有些公司已经开始让员工接种COVID-19疫苗。我住在的城市和所属的公司尚未宣布可以让居民或员工接种疫苗,因此唯有耐心等待而已。 2021,生日 今年的生日是在一个极为普通的,阴天的星期二工作日。自从日本气象厅公布我所住的关东地区已经进入梅雨期,天气预报也变得不太靠谱(所以这才叫预报,不是吗?)。尽管显示的是乌云,在该地区忽然下雨也不是一件稀奇的事。我搭了早上8点多的巴士到办公室,如常上班。电脑锁屏界面显示的「6月15日(火)」也显得特别。 今年我所“收”到的礼物是“给有需要的人的寄付(捐款)”。More

At the crossroads of a long journey

Looking back last year and the year before that, the notion of dwelling on the past grew larger and larger. The never-ending pandemic and those who set sail back home It is hard not to touch upon the topic of a global pandemic, especially when it affects one’s daily life, no matter what your status…More

The new guy in the department

A new guy (let’s call him M) has joined the department where I worked at a few weeks ago, who was employed by the company. On the contrary, I worked in this department as a contractor, so I don’t get the “full experience” in joining the company. From the brief introduction by my manager and…More

The certain afternoon, and the full moon

Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of…More

A view of lavender and wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park

Recently, I went to Ashikaga Flower Park, a tourist spot in the Kanto region, which is famous for the wisteria festival with some friends. Situated in Tochigi prefecture, this place is about 2 hours by normal train or about more than 1 hour if gone by express trains, including the shinkansen bullet train. Aiming to…More

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