I went to Kobe. I'm a little tired of living, so I can't rest at Arima Onsen, but I wanted to relax. Strictly speaking, Arima and Kobe may be different cities, but in my mind they have already become one set.
In my life so far, I had passed the Shinkansen on the Shinkansen, but I had almost no chance to go out to play. But as a result, I've been to twice during the past year. In other words, I liked the city of Kobe.
And both stayed at Arima Onsen. This time we also added Mt. Rokko. To tell the truth, I now know that it is the golden pattern of Kobe tourism.
Separately, I'm neither a tourist goodwill ambassador of Kobe City nor a tourist supporter, but I somehow liked the overall appearance of the city.
Originally, I sometimes like port towns, but there is a mountain called Mt. Rokko behind it, there is also a sanctuary called Sannomiya, and a Western-style scent remains. In addition, there are artificial islands offshore. It's a strange mixture.
And above all, it is within the range of the distance from the Shinkansen station to Sannomiya station in a day. I'm sorry to compare it to an iPhone, but I felt that the characteristics of this city, such as its small size, high functionality, and good overall design, are concentrated.
Therefore, I don't have the feeling that it's a quiet place, which tends to occur in some town. Therefore, for me, like me, who has a trouble to go around sightseeing spots after doing a thorough preliminary inspection, the city that can be moved by somehow was perfect.
If you take a short train, one of Japan's three most famous hot springs is waiting for you. It's a bit of a pain. It doesn't really matter, but I feel that I understand why the lyricist Takashi Matsumoto moved to Kobe in his later years.
However, this time around, I'm going to play in Kobe, but the main purpose was a trip that I loved and loved. Needless to say, the author, Haruki Murakami (henceforth, abbreviations omitted).
I have been on a journey that traces the history of the artist since ancient times. I really enjoyed visiting the places where I was born, grew up, and wrote the beloved writers such as Soseki Natsume, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Osamu Dazai, Makimizu Wakayama, and the atmosphere and atmosphere surrounding them.
Of course, I was prepared to see that it has changed from the time, including the scenery. On the contrary, the one who was left is surprised.
However, the fact that it has changed has already been woven in, and it is fun to feel the residue. Doing so gives you a glimpse of the background in which their work was produced.
And this time, Haruki Murakami.
As I knew that his detailed career was handed over to Wikipedia, as you know, he lived in Kansai until he entered university. More specifically, it is Shukugawa in Ashiya City.
Then, for the first time this time, I really set foot in a place called Ashiya (actually, it seems that I came to see cherry blossoms when I was young, but I do not remember at all). I got off at the station called Kouen and walked along the Shukugawa River because of the waves of students going to school.
Then, I went around Kashien Elementary School and Sendo Junior High School, where he graduated, so that he would not seem suspicious.
Certainly, as Haruki Murakami said, the atmosphere of the downtown still remains while calling it Ashiya (although it feels different from the so-called downtown of other towns).
≪I thought about my birthplace even more enthusiastically, but I did not find anything even when I searched on the Internet, so I thought it was probably kept secret and gave up.
As the minimum etiquette that traces the career of the artist, I do not force myself to find it, and I will not enter the place where I do not want to see him.
I also read about Haruki Murakami's journey in a pilgrimage from his birthplace to his soulful Rockville cemetery in his essay on a journey through Fitzgerald ("Fitzgerald Book"). I thought he would forgive me even if I was given a job.
Of course, Haruki Murakami isn't dead, so I can't say it's a pilgrimage, but if I waited for him to die as it was, my soul seemed to take off first, so I let it go ahead.
Then, I walked to JR Uchide station and visited the branch office of Ashiya City Library that I used to go to when I was a student. I couldn't see only the exterior because it wasn't open yet, but the building had a very nice exterior according to the rumor (net). I was very excited to think that perhaps his literary foundations were here.
Then, I walked to Ashiya Station and headed for Sannomiya, but what I learned during this series of trips (a walk?) Along the rough sketch of Haruki Murakami was the air in the city.
As Mr. Takaaki Yoshimoto once found the source of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's literature in the air in downtown (the smell of mosquito flies), Haruki Murakami may be the same downtown, but the scent of tea I felt the atmosphere of Western culture.
Then, I thought that this was one of the factors that contributed to Haruki Murakami's unique style and the goodness of the products floating there. One library was very different from the mundane stuff of my town.
Of course, the environment in which you were born will not determine everything. There may be many writers who are not influenced by their birth.
However, I feel that the quality that exudes in nature cannot be helped by the efforts of the person himself.
It was drifting as air that could not be seen in Ashiya from that river.
Then, as he had in his essay, I was once able to walk from my birthplace to the beach. But a few years later, the beach was suddenly reclaimed, a breakwater was created, and the swimming environment was robbed, and he wrote the sadness of the loss in an essay.
After leaving high school, I left Kobe.
Indeed, when I went there, I couldn't see the sea from Kouen.
I could only see the skyscrapers of Rokko Island far away.
A few decades after the beach was reclaimed, as I said in the essay, I think Haruki Murakami was probably very disappointed when this scene came (Is an empty can thrown?). I have a similar experience. I understand the spiciness.
However, looking back north, there is Mt. Rokko. Perhaps it hasn't changed much. Even from a distance, I found that there are luxury homes lined up.
Then, I realized that it was here. The town is mountainous, has a swimmable sea, is full of cultural air, and has a Western feel of openness. It is tightly condensed in one place. It means that it is Kobe itself that I wrote at the beginning.
In other words, Haruki Murakami is a writer born in Kobe, a Kobe-like thing. Suddenly I understood.
After that, Haruki Murakami will go to Waseda University and become a writer, and after living abroad (Boston like Kobe), she will set up a house in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture.
Ōiso is also my grandmother's parents' home, so I've been there several times. There is a sea where you can swim (you can also surf), and when you look back there are mountains immediately. It is also close to the town (Kamakura). In other words, it is somehow similar to Katsunokawa, who grew up in his childhood.
Then, as for cultural things, I think that he has an office in Aoyama, Tokyo. What I would like to say from this is that it is not limited to writers, but people tend to be influenced by the air they had when they were young.
Even if you abandon your hometown, you will unknowingly try to find your hometown in the land where you have descended again. It does not mean the same geography. This means that you will be able to recreate a similar atmosphere, atmosphere, culture, and family environment without knowing it.
It may be a curse, but at the same time a blessing for the person, and it may be something that determines the atmosphere of the work for the novelist. And it is the person who understands it and presents it as a work. I wonder if it could be the source of the originality of.
It was Nakamura who could not understand the structure of the Sannomiya station (always lost).