Monday, March 14

the past, the present and the future.

today, i just had to drive. i had to somehow through  my lens find some sort of balance, peace oxygen.

I was fortunate to have worked in Japan for a while. I remember calling my mum from a phone while walking around in Tokyo  asking her "was i born here" that is how much i felt at home there. I was told before i went, you will either hate it or love it. I LOVED IT. there is something so amazing about Japan  with it's huge population, surrounded by so many people you would think you would never feel like an individual but you do. the architecture is designed with the individual in mind, whether it is where you will rest your elbow as you sit on the metro or how you see a building from a highway or a highway from a Building- perfection. The people of Japan won my heart instantly, yet i knew that before i even landed there because i had been working with a Japanese company who co-workers had become my dearest friends. Japan is a very special place, whether it was my stay in the mountains or the city itself i felt good , healthy and happy there. If i can tell you one thing, i received the so many lovely gifts from my Japanese colleagues but the biggest gift of all was from My dearest Mr. Suzuki who was the ceo of the company who took me under his wing, at times of sheer panic he said to me, "take a deep breath, do not look at chaos in it's entirety but in the task at hand- see through the mess, tillyou see the problem clearely then only then you can fix it". ( he was talking about work related chaos but how it would relate to now) I am thinking of all those who i call friends, i am thinking of everyone.

It is as if k and my life at this very crisis was about to embark on one of our very own. as if a path we where on suddenly was washed away, a path we will never be able to walk down, yet we know that there is other kinds of paths that lead to the same place, now we await till the dust settles to see just what one is right for us.

i care for you dear friends, ran to the ocean to ask it why, why, why but it did what it always does, 
that is, allow me to answer those questions myself.

20 comments:

Johanna said...

Oh Nadia,
What a beautiful and touching post. I love how you speak of Japan, I have always wanted to go there and visit someday.
I have made some wonderful friends over the years who are Japanese, such a beautiful culture. So rich and full of beauty.
I am thinking of you.

dia said...

Yes, Yes.. let the dust settle, so all seems clear.
Japan is a lovely country, with strong people, it also, will let the dust settle and come back stronger & more beautiful than before.

Valerie said...

i'm usually a lurker but this is so powerful. your beautiful photos & your words, each and every, move me so much. they'll probably remain printed on my mind for a long while.
my heart aches for this place you were fortunate enough to "meet" and its awesome people. as a coincidence i chose a recently taken ocean shot to express my thoughts today.

etre-soi said...

I've been sick with what's happening there, Japan has been one of my dream places to visit since...always, I admire their culture, their force !
Once again I admire them even more about the way they are handling with this situation, I'm more than sure that they will win over it all and Japan will once again born from the dust !
Beautiful post Nadia, I also asked myself that same question: why ocean, why ?

avant garde design said...

it is so very hard to watch. just the ordinary turned extraordinary, the daily life, all different right now. i took a long run today and my route is alongside the ocean here on cape cod. i too have to be near the ocean, no matter what. beautiful pictures nadia!

Shokoofeh said...

Your words... sigh...

S. Etole said...

you share a beautiful tribute ...

cindy said...

thinking of eveyone in japan and you.

Ann Marie said...

mmmm. i too wrote of the ocean today. i love your words...you said what i wanted to say.
loves to you, nadia.

corine said...

Why is nature the way it is and why does it sometimes strikes some while others remain unscathed is a complete mystery. How people cope is another mystery, but they do. Eventually.

Juliana said...

Written from the soul. Thank you for your thoughts.

ELK said...

many thanks for sharing this window into your world in both images of beauty and words of special memories ...

sara said...

Your blog is my eye candy. Just wanted you to know. :)

Ashley said...

A beautiful post Nadia, Thank you. Disaster's like this are never easy to understand. It's nice to know that others are staring at the ocean and wondering 'why?'

UpGemini said...

I didn't know you have lived in Japan for a while. thank you for sharing this with us.
I can't stop thinking about Japan ass well.
take care

Christina said...

so beautiful.
i send you love, my friend.
xo

Natasha said...

Your words are so beautiful Nadia. Ah the ocean, so beautiful and so powerful... I pray for everyone in Japan and their friends and family around the world.
Natasha xo

Jennifer Richardson said...

thank you for these beautiful
oxygen-infused words
...again, I'm falling in love
with the people of Japan.
I love the sage words
about chaos and mess
from your Japanese friend
...take a deep breath indeed.
And your photos helped coach
my breathing into that gentle
rhythm the ocean takes
when listening to our questions.
Thank you,
Jennifer

mashappiness said...

your words are truly precious... lessons of home and comfort, beauty and courage, reminding us to breathe deeply through it all...

Char said...

such beautiful beautiful photography