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A Day in the Country

Today, we spent the day at our close friends’ house east of the city, and their home is surrounded by trees. We had hot dogs for dinner, and we cooked them over a fire. But I took a few pictures, since we don’t get out of the city often.

Leaves are already starting to change colour
A new trail that they created.
A young peacock that they have as a pet.
A male turkey and a chicken.
This female turkey seemed to like me.
The tree is looking at you!

Do you live in or near the country? Or do you spend most of your time in the city?

Fantasy in the Real World

Reading fantasy, I find that my mind paints a picture of what the world looks like. There tend to be a lot of forests. And mountains. And caves. Sometimes there are grasslands and deserts, but mostly forests.

Looking around at the real world, I sometimes imagine what places are most like a fantasy setting. Here in Japan, you can find pockets of wilderness in the city that provide you with bamboo groves or valleys with small streams and tall trees. But when I think about fantasy, one place stands out. It’s in Canada. On Vancouver Island, there’s a place called Cathedral Grove. It has these massive trees in a temperate rain forest, and it’s a place you could imagine mythical being live and hunt in.

What places do you think could fit into a fantasy story?

City Living: I Want to Be in a Forest

I live in the world’s largest metropolitan area, the Greater Tokyo area with a population of around 36 million people.  I’m near the southwestern part of it, but nearly everything around me city. There are farms not far from here, but they’re crisscrossed by roads, houses here and there, and never far from a convenience store.  Last week, I went hiking in Kamakura. Occasionally, I saw houses and buildings from high up on the hiking trail, but I felt more secluded than I’d felt in a very long time. I know a part of the trail (that we didn’t go on) that is completely closed off from the rest of the city. No sounds, no sign of civilisation. It’s in a forested valley with a small stream and absolutely peaceful.  Kind of like this viral video.

Nice, huh? I want to go to the real countryside and go walking in a real forest that’s actually not surrounded by a great metropolis. And there, I want to walk around, look at the trees, listen to the sounds of the birds, and have a nice relaxing time. That’s where I want to be right now.

Where do you want to be?