10 March, 2008


In the throes of packing, good-bye parties, and moving a life, so not much energy for posting for a few weeks but thought I would sometimes put up a few pictures I've taken here over the years.

Here are the first. One late afternoon after class I took my camera to the local Castle and took some pictures across the moat as the day closed down.

"Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night." -Dylan Thomas


Ruahines said...

Kia ora e hoa VJ,
Cool photos. I love the idea of observing a place from the same spot and capturing a moment at various times. I have done it a few times in the mountains, though more a sunrise and sunset exercise. Yet there are so many subtle changes we might miss between dawn and dusk. Such as in your shots, the cars passing by, each containing lives and existences, yet forever part of that moment. Very cool!
It must be getting hard for you now, the emotions all over the place, the goodbyes, the physical beauty of the land you now live in, the questions..., but also the hellos and hugs and familiar which await you. Kia Kaha VJ.
When are you leaving and are you going to be picking up your blog back in the Northern hemisphere? You would have some very interesting perspectives on that transition I am sure - at least what you care to share with us readers. Have a great day!
Ka kite e hoa,

vegetablej said...

Hi Robb:

Thank you for saying what I was thinking. Yes standing up there for awhile watching everyone pass by on their way somewhere I was thinking of the individual lives and stories behind the headlights.

One of the benefits of standing in one place for awhile, which we don't often do outdoors, is that you can notice the changing of the light and therefore have a real sense of time passing. That leads on to thoughts about life and meaning since it places us so squarely in the middle of this big moving planet and solar system.

Yes, there are a lot of thoughts and feelings pulling me in all directions now. I feel a bit like a boat that has cut its anchor and is drifting on the sea.

Except that I have one hell of a lot of boxes of stuff and the flotsam of a life to pack up and give much of away. It's perhaps giving away many of my books that I regret the most. If I could live in a library part-time I might. :)

The decision what to take and what to leave is a hard one. Hopefully I'm taking the two most important things-- my cat and myself. :)

I also have to leave my computer as it's a desktop and heavy. I will certainly be blogging in North America, if on borrowed computers at first. Leaving here in a few weeks and first stop is my sister's in Vancouver.

Thanks for your comments and support; they are really appreciated. :)

seamaiden said...

I thought you might be in a unique position to appreciate this... it's the photos I took with my keitai on leaving our home in Japan..


Best wishes and may your last days in Japan be the perfect "Sayonara."


vegetablej said...


Thanks very much for the link. The pictures do bring back memories and are so great to look at!

Everything is so small! I must be adjusting already. :)