This is my last week before going back to Japan. Mixed feelings: I’m going back to work so I will have less time for personal affairs. On the other hand, I’m excited to see my friends again, open for new experiences and eager to learn!
Since I’m also quite fond of books (reading or smelling them) I would like to share some impressions about the books I’ve been reading lately. Sometimes I share my reviews on Goodreads.
Have you read any of the books below? Also, if you have any questions or suggestions about these or similar books, feel free to let me know!
1 – 星の王子さ, The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I have been coming back to reread some parts of this book and every time I’m amazed by its truth in such a magical form. This is a recommendation just for anyone!
This time, I am trying to read its Japanese version. Its translation is also simply written and easy to understand. I am still struggling through some phrases and always looking up new words.
2 – 中級を学ぼう 日本語の文型と表現56 中級前期 Chukyu wo Manabou, Nihongo no Bunkei to Hyogen 56 [Intermediate Japanese]
Keeping on dedicating time to my love (previously discussed here), this is Japanese language text book I’m using (the most) right now. Along with my Japanese language teacher, I went to a bookstore in order to choose a text book which would match my level.
It’s been a very useful manual with a variety of exercises and grammatical points. I find themes particularly interesting, like onomatopeias usage, music therapy, sneeze (yes, there is a text about why we sneeze!) which makes you more comfortable while speaking about free topics and thinking in Japanese as well. In my opinion, while speaking in a specific languagle, one should also think in that language, until of course it becomes natural.
3 – Geography III, Elizabeth Bishop
My first read by Elizabeth, a short set of poems which I’m discovering to be a real treasure.
“The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seemed filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster”
4 – 1984, George Orwell
A well known dystopian novel I could finally put my hands on.
The novel is set in a dystopian world under totalitarian regime, where everyone is constantly being watched and controlled. It is infinitely intriguing, yet quite frightening. What impressed me the most is the idea of changing the language by eliminating and reducing the existent words (in this case in English) in order to make a human not only behave, but even think in a specific, almost robotic way goodthink.
More than a novel, it is a warning, very actual nowadays.
Fortunately there are more to come!
Impressions from last summer near Otaru, Hokkaido. Excited for more to come!
It is been one year since I have been sharing a part of myself through this platform! It is been a great experience so far, I would like to keep on sharing my reflections about living in Japan and around the world: more stories and impressions are to come! Also it has been amazing to discover and listen to so many inspirational people who are around here.
Thank you everyone for stopping by! ❤ See you
After one year living in Japan and altough my adventure there hasn’t ended yet, I finally made it to my home in Porto.
I remember coming back on a train through one of the bridges in the ealy morning, when it was still dark, yet there was a pale hint of deybreak. Birds awakaneing and announcing a stir is about to come. It is almost a ceremony! Such a joyous mood!
I remember coming back on a plane, after traveling for endless hours and seeing a continus dawn. I realized I have finally made it when I saw a blue ocean line. The plane, me, my life and everyone around were wrapped in such a warm light, unmeasurably happy. Such a joy!
Coming back is always such a dear moment. I will always have a home here, I will always come back.