Heading to Tokyo

After three months in the US, I landed back in Israel for three weeks. I have been moving around a lot during these past weeks! Visiting relatives, staying in different homes, and being asked, again and again, where am I living nowadays? and what is going on?

When I say that I am moving to Japan people are astonished, and so am I.

I cannot believe this is actually happening. Yes, I have been dreaming of moving to Japan, but I am also feeling blissful in front of such a big change in my life. By now, I am quite experienced with drastic changes, moving countries, saying goodbyes and starting over. My life has been full of this for the past decade. It is hard. It can be frightening and emotionally draining at times. But I came to love it.

I am not entirely sure why. I think it has to do with feeling fresh, or simply alive. The search for finding myself, yet again, in a new place, rediscovering basic needs, often helps me reach a sense of inner stability.

Ok that’s nice, but why did I come back to Israel and now I am heading to Japan?

(And my connection is in Paris, by the way)

As a MEXT Scholarship recipient from Israel, my flight to Japan was booked for me by MEXT (which is amazing) from Israel to Japan. My entire application procedure for the scholarship was from Tel Aviv. Which meant back and forth trips to the Embassy from Jerusalem (where I lived) over a year-long period. It was a long process.

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I have to say that I am super impressed by the Japanese people who work at the embassy and speak fluent Hebrew. Which brings me to… I will have to work hard on my Japanese.

I am landing straight into a six months period of language school. I did study Japanese in the past. But Japanese is very very difficult and I haven’t used it in four years.

I have to be in school the morning after I land. I’m excited to be a student again! I hope I remember how to.

I am going to be so jet-lagged haha Wish me luck 🙂

 

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Community Garden in Givatayim

 

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The Valley of the Cross, Jerusalem

 

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Tel Aviv Beach

 

 

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September Update (and a bit of October)

Hello!


Summer is gone, the holidays are finally over, fall and reddish colored leaves are not really something you see in Jerusalem, but October in the holy land will always be my favorite kind of October.


September was a shaky month, I faced some down thoughts and emotions. They related to a few uncertainties and challenges that are going on in my life. But that’s life. And I am working on embracing them. Overall, I think the changes are good for me.

In a month and a bit, I will be heading to the US, for a long period of time. I am planning on taking part in an Artist in Residency there this winter; something I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time.
My parents, who had their green card for a while, will soon be able to vote, which excites them. I, the only american (on papers) in the family, have been feeling very detached from the political scene there. Honestly, my interest mostly comes from how it influences Israel/Palestine. But lately, I’ve been far from that too. It’s probably better like this, for now. The things I am looking forward to the most in the US are simple: going groceries with my mom (checking out all the options Israel doesn’t have), sit at Barnes & Nobles with my dad and talk about nerdy things (I can do this for hours) and hear from my sister (who isn’t american on papers) about the american slang I never heard of (none of it basically).
One of the doctors I visited this past month told me: “you are very close to your family but you are trying to run away from that. Don’t worry though, once you form your own family you will feel better”. Sweet of him. Though I don’t think I will “form” a family anytime soon. There is still so much I want to explore on my own.


On Sukkot, I traveled north to the Golan to visit my aunt, who keeps with the mitzvah of building a sukkah every year, without a man. Women are not committed to a sukkah according to the texts, but here it is anyway, and it is marvelous. 

It’s a shame sukkah’s lifespan is 8 days and then it ought to be gone.    

Drawings of earthy growing foods. Seriously the most beautiful sukkah ever. My aunt is traditional and does things according to the halakha, but always adds her own artistic touch to everything. 

The round table in her studio 🙂 
A mountain monster in my sketchbook

The area where my aunt lives
Part of our breakfast. 
The candle is for my grandma who recently passed away

I’ve been meditating regularly for the past two weeks. I have a long way to go in my meditation journey, but I try to gently focus on the moment, on each morning, and each breath. 


Another Sukkah. Karen and I made drawings for it in my living room. It supports the Palestinian Beduin community at Khan Al Ahmar as they face the threat of demolition.
I am still thinking about the concept of sukkah against demolition. There is room for more on this topic, for sure.

Old City discoveries. Matilda (who speaks and reads all the languages) translating some Arabic as I take a photo. 

More from the old city. Some very beautiful calligraphy. 
I especially like this one.

Another page from my sketchbook



Summer, Spain and Stamps

At the beginning of August, I managed to take an 8-day break in Spain. I met with my parents and sister there to explore some lovely places. Having some time together with them was the most important thing. I didn’t really mind where we were going to meet when I boarded my flight. But Europe is nice. Very classy. And being out of this country for a bit felt good. 
Coming back here, I noticed the distinct colors of the land (yellows) and the roughness of all things in it. I like observing it like this, each time. 

Summer 2017, thank you for having me.  




Super nice beach. I felt like a mermaid swimming there. Pretty things under water 

These were by a local artist in Pals, Catalonia 

This is the coolest carton of milk I’ve ever seen. You see why summer is hip? 

And I made Jizo stamps 🙂

Inspired by these guys: