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(Book Review / 感想) Autumn / Ali Smith

Poetic. The two stories overlap beautifully. One main story was the love relationship (probably. unusual love. but was heart-warming) between Elisabeth and the elderly Daniel. The other was a tragedy of Boty, the British Female Pop artist. Very easy to read but knowledge in historical and political backgrounds about the UK are crucial. I feel like I needed to know a bit more so that I could have enjoyed even more. 詩的。2つのストーリーがとても美しく重なり合う小説です。エリザベスと老人ダニエルの恋物語(とっても不思議で、でも心温まる恋愛?です。)と、女性の現代芸術家Botyの悲劇。 とっても読みやすいのですが、イギリスの歴史や政治背景を理解できたらより楽しめる作品。私ももう少し理解が深まってからもう一度読みたいな。 4/5

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Foyles @ London * ゆっくり過ごしたい本屋さん

The bookshop I have visited the most frequently was ‘Foyles.’ 私が一番よく通った本屋さんが「フォイルズ」です。 It is huge and cosy that you would love to spend a whole day here! 広くて居心地のいい、丸一日過ごせてしまうような本屋さんです。 Whenever I am around Soho, I always check the top 10 of the week in front of the entrance! (Also, I am a big fan of musicals. I often spend the pre-theatre time here, wandering around the bookshelf!) Sohoエリアに来る度に、入り口にある今週のトップ10コーナーをいつもチェックしていました。(ミュージカルファンの私。観劇前の時間をよくここで過ごしていました。) I really liked this sentence on the wall 🙂 Cafe on the 5th floor is always crowded but has tasty foods and cosy atmosphere. You can take as many books as you want to read while you enjoy a cup of good latte 🙂…

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Daunt Books @ London * 夢の中のような本屋さん

I like browsing through bookshops. Especially the independent bookshops in London were always fun to stop by. 本屋さんをうろうろするのが大好きな私。特にロンドンの個人経営店はどこもとってもステキでした! If I need to pick just one, from a list of my favourite places, I will choose ‘Daunt Books’ in Marylebone High Street, London. ひとつだけ、オススメを選ぶなら、Maryleboneというお洒落な通りにある「Daunt Books」(ドーント・ブックス)です。 The building is very beautiful as it is the Edwardian style. Not to mention, the main floor is fantastic. The stained glass and the arched window are very atmospheric. It always reminds me of the scenes from Harry Potter. エドワード調の建物の美しさは格別。ため息の出てしまうようなメインフロアがほんとにステキ!ステンドグラスと吹き抜けのあるギャラリーは、どことなくハリー・ポッターなどのファンタジーの世界観。思わず写真を撮りたくなります。 クリスマスの飾りも王道の感じ。雰囲気にあっていました。 Children section is a must see! 夢あふれる天井絵がステキな児童書売り場も必見です! Also, the shop staff were always helpful choosing the right book I would love and enjoy to read!…

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Kissaten ‘Machiaishitsu’ @Asakusa * 喫茶店 「待合室」@浅草

Let me write about my ultimate love for exploring historical/classical cafe in Japan. They are called kissaten (喫茶店) in Japanese. It literally translated into the cafe, but it is actually more than just a cafe. There, you can experience a unique atmosphere! 私が愛してやまないもののひとつに、「喫茶店」があります!カフェではなくて、喫茶店。もっと言えば、「純喫茶」が好きです。常連さんや、店主の醸し出す、独特の雰囲気に魅せられます。 Most of the Japanese, especially the young people tend to overlook their existence labelling them as old-fashioned. While there are many Western cafes around, and people rather prefer Western styles, the numbers of those old ones are decreasing year by year. 古臭い、といって見捨てられがちな喫茶店。年々、数も減っていってしまっているとか。 Today’s Kissaten ‘Machiaishitsu‘ is located in Asakusa, Tokyo. Surrounded by the locals, tasting the siphon coffee (very rare nowadays), along with the heart felt service…

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  Travelling is part of my life. I am the one who always tries to travel as many places as I can. My brain is occupied with ideas and thoughts for the next journey, where to visit, what to see, who to meet and what to eat! 旅は、生活の一部だと思っています。私の頭の中は常に、次の旅行先や見たいもの、会いたい人、食べたいもののことでいっぱいです。 Although I have been to more than 20 countries already, the world still surprises me with wonderful places scattered around the globe. The more I know, the more I want to know about the world, to see more of the things I have never seen, and to meet people I would never meet unless I travel. 20か国以上を訪れましたが、未だに、世界は「ステキなトコロ」であふれています。旅に出れば出るほど、まだ見たことのない景色や、会ったことのない人に出会うため、もっと遠くへ、旅に出たくなります。 This blog is the extension…

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