There’s a set of small tea cups my father favours at home in Japan. They are always placed neatly and carefully on the top of the dining kitchen shelf. They’re white, simple, light, smooth and delicate. Every single night, after dinner, my father chooses the white small tea cup and serves his green tea. He takes his tea seriously and likes to drink it out of his favourite cup. I have the same habit. I don’t drink green tea every night like my father, but I do have my favourite cups to drink coffee or tea out of daily. Something about the cup’s texture, colour or its size, it’s such a small detail but it makes my daily routine a little more special. Clearly it was my father who taught me how to appreciate things like that in daily life.
My father had an opportunity to visit the pottery master in Mashiko (Tochigi), Japan, who made his favourite tea cups. So I followed.
In the middle of nowhere, deeper in the mountain, far away from other houses, there was an old house standing quietly and peacefully.
The master’s words were not too many. When I saw his aged hands, the story was there.
Oh my goodness.
How long has it been?
I just got back.
My last post was on August 28th, 2012. It’s December 12th, 2012 today.
A couple of months were left empty in my calendar. But that’s OK.
I thought of that warm sunny day in Japan, driving on the countryside road, away from the busy city.
All I saw ahead was the green mountains and the blue sky.
Now I hear the alarm going off, the morning light is slowly waking me up.
The air feels very cold in my room lately.
I didn’t realize how long it had been. Hello again.
It’s nice to be back.
I’ve started to going through my piles of photos in my computer, thinking of the month of May. I was in Japan.
I stopped to see some Japanese antiques, or maybe just to find my old memories.
Inaka = Countryside
It’s been a long absence here.
I’m still editing some of the pictures I photographed in Japan two months ago.
Everything around me is moving so fast, non stop, constantly.
But I slow my pace down in my own space.
Balance is a key.
A distance feels refreshing.
From time to time.
Till next time… (More pictures coming soon…)