It’s a real pleasure getting to know my local area, the only way I know how to… by walking through it. At first, I was a little disappointed by what seemed like too much urbanity. The convenience of being near a station, supermarket and Tsutaya video store is great… but I was wondering where to go for inspiring, long walks. Well, I think I found it, as just a few streets away is an alternate universe of Japanese rice-fields and other farms. I really lose my sense of routine and place on such walks; everything seems so new and fresh for me.
This is the beauty of being new to a country (yes, 10 years and counting is still, ‘new’!), you get the chance to see things with fresh eyes. Of course, I also love walking in England, especially in the countryside near around my former university. Probably it all has something to do with coming from busy London, it’s so refreshing to ‘get away from it all’. More so, though, I think there is something very basic about being close to nature, taking time to say ‘hello’ to the people you meet along the way. Now is an especially good time for this, as it’s just the right temperature and beautiful spring flowers are out, making not just a colourful sight, but also a wonderful smell. So, wherever you are dear reader, take the time to have a walk somewhere nice and don’t forget to smell the flowers!