WHIM vol.01 [ green hills & town ]

 

 

 

2013年11月、初めて訪れた石畳が続くパリの町並みに浮き足立ちながらも、町外れの大きな森でゆったりと過ごす人々がとても印象的で羨ましく見ていた。

翌年4月に訪れたノルマンディ地方にあるガイヤール城跡は緑溢れる丘の上にありそこからは遥かに広がる大地とセーヌ川沿いの小さな町が見えた。

1000年を超す城跡の歴史と、それすらもすっぽりと包んでしまう自然の存在を考えると途方もない時間の流れとその先端にいる自分の存在の小ささに、

立ちくらみしてしまいそうだった。

人が積み上げてきた歴史と自然が共存する世界は日本のように災害で町ごとなくなってしまう歴史がある国民として、とても眩しい景色だった。

 

 

In November, 2013, while ready to flee the cobble-paved streets of Paris that I was visiting for the first time, I found the people living peacefully in a large forest on the outskirts of the city impressive and looked on jealously.

The following year in April, I visited the Normandy region and the Gaillard castle ruins, located on an abundantly green hill, from where I could see a small town on the banks of the Seine and observe the land as it spread out into the distance.

Thinking of the castle ruins' history exceeding 1000 years and the nature that exists and enveloped that history as I stood at the forefront of the extraordinary flow of time, I came face to face with my own insignificance and thought I might faint.

As a member of a nation like Japan that looses towns one by one at the hands of natural disasters, the view of a world where nature exists in harmony with the history of a people was a dazzling one.