|REWIND: Ise Matsuri, October 2006
||[Jul. 16th, 2007|05:18 pm]
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In two weeks I will lock up my apartment, slip the key into an envelope and drop the envelope in Molly's mailbox, and make my way to Australia ... Maggie and I will spend two glorious weeks chilling out in the Antipodean winter. Following that, I have three days in Hong Kong and five more in Japan, and then I fly home; after last night, with its crickets singing and cool wind blowing, I can easily imagine this home, or at least the island, where the nights are always cooler and crickets sing in the kitchen cupboard ... Still, I'm dragging my heels, I don't want to go. No, I do want to go, I can't see myself loving my position in a year's time, not as much as I do now. & this was only ever meant to be a seeing-meeting-eating-and-drinking sojourn, not a lifelong study, not an immersion. Who knew that I'd be planning to return before I even left.
The necessity of sticking to decisions and limiting options has become clearer and clearer over the past few years, to the point that it's almost a pleasure to give up fanciful and even possible plans. I've managed to convince myself that the choices I've made are good ones and I'm through with the uncommitted wanting after things ...
So, lots of packing and preparation to take care of in the next while, and LOTS of picture posting to catch up on. First off, the Ise matsuri last October, where I ran around with the people from Shima and Ise whom I see so rarely. I remember eating too much carnival food and buying secondhand jackets off a tarp at 100 yen a piece. At the end of the evening several men climbed up some scaffolding and set off fireworks, massive sparklers, from their hands. Just another festive display of the danger and lustiness that also fuel Schoolgirl Attitude and Salaryman Heart.
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