Dreaming of… ~ ドリーミング…

It has been some months since I’ve updated the dream home category. But I’ve been as busy as usual snapping soon-to-disappear wooden houses while out on my daily walks. Here is an overdue update. To reward you for your patience, there are some other dream items to be found at the bottom of the post. Happy viewing. ★ 数ヶ月ぶりにドリーム・ハウスを更新しました。大変お待たせしました。写真が溜まっていましたので一気にアップします。サービスとしてハウスとの関係ないドリームアイテムを一番下に載せます。(CLICK ANY PHOTO FOR A LARGER VIEW ★ 写真をクリックすれば拡大されます)

1. A recently razed house in my immediate neighborhood – another victim to the road widening project. As you can see, neighbors contributed greatly to the atmosphere by leaving unwanted TV’s, tea kettles, bicycles, etc., in the garden. All is clean and tidy now, though, as concrete always triumphs over wood in the end. At least it does in Japan. ★ 最近、取り壊された近所の民家。道路を広げるプロジェクトの関係で何年か前から空き家でした。近所の美化を祝う為、様々なものがこの家に捧げられました。壊れたテレビ、やかん、自転車、などは最後まで置いてありました(写真を参照)。しかし、今、新地になりました。相変わらずコンクリートが木造建物に勝ちます。
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2. How do I find dream homes? I look for greenery. Many of these old places are long-abandoned relics of post-war Japan and are awaiting the wrecking crew. But until that day, they are often wild green refuges. Here is one that had a back garden of chest-high ferns. (Kotake-mukaehara, Tokyo) ★ どのようにドリーム・ハウスを見つけますか?緑を探します。多くの古い空き家はいずれ取り壊されますが、その日がくるまで庭がジャングルに近い状態で待っています。この庭の地面はシダでおおわれていました。
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3. Odd juxtapositions. Many dream homes survive as the only remnant in their area of a pre-concrete Tokyo. This has a “soon to be demolished” sign on it. Presumably the next tenant will fill the space with something to harmonize with the large blocks on its left and right. ★ 面白い並列。ある近所ではほとんどの建物がコンクリートで作られていますが、この空き家は最後まで木造のままで頑張っています。看板によると近日壊されます。写真右のスポーツセンターのような構造になるでしょう。
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4. Here is a pair of pleasant wooden buildings. The nestle together like an elder couple – quite at home for the moment. Though still inhabited, the open field in front of them has recently been turned into a pay parking lot, complete with asphalt paving. How much longer will you hold on, old couple? ★ この家々は老夫婦のような雰囲気がします。長年一緒に過ごしてきました。2件共、人が住んでいますが、最近手前の新地が駐車場になってしまいました。ペアで後何年残れるでしょうか?
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5. A small house by a temple. Just north of Johoku Koen Park is a fine temple that was probably originally surrounded by little houses like this. There are a few still standing if you look around the neighborhood. ★ 板橋区城北公園近所のお寺前。昔の町並みはこういう家ばかりだった気がします。この辺で探せばあちらこちら住まれている古い木造の家があります。
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6. Aside from dream houses, we also have dream shops, dream cars, dream trees – you name it. Here is a selection of the dreamy things you can find on a days walk here. ★ ドリーム・ハウスだけではなく、ドリーム店、車、木等々があります。足さえのばせばこれらのようなものも見つかれます。

A. Dream snack bar. The last survivor in a major road widening project. Presently the road splits and goes around both sides of the place. ★ ドリームスナック。現在道は建物の両側を走っています。
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B. Here is a dream car that once plied the streets. ★ ドリーム車。
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C. Dream shop. Originally a dry cleaner. ★ ドリーム店(クリーニング)
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D. Dream tree. Not too tall, easy to trim (but don’t trim it much further or passersby may trip over it). ★ ドリーム木。これより短くトリミングしてしまえば歩行者が転ぶかもしれません。
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E. Dream street. Too narrow for cars, so pleasantly quiet. But watch out for the shady characters warned about in the sign – “dark street – perverts are after you so be careful!” ★ ドリーム通り。右の看板がとてもチャーミングなメセージを述べています。
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F. This last dream item doesn’t belong here, but I can’t think of another place to put it. Japanese people won’t find it at all odd, so this one’s for you western viewers. Tofu and fish sperm. Mighty nourishing! ★ 最後のドリームアイテムはこのポストをマッチしませんが、他の入れるところが見つかりませんでした。日本人の皆さんはこの写真が面白いと思わないでしょうが、欧米人は驚くでしょう。(豆腐と白子)
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8 Responses to Dreaming of… ~ ドリーミング…

  1. Hi. I lost touch with you when I had the “great computer crash of 2010” but today I thought of you and tried a web search and here you are! so glad to find your blog again so I can get a peek at your lovely photos and dream homes.

    Gotta run for now but look forward to seeing more of your adventures.

  2. scotto says:

    Hi Lise. Nice to hear from you again. The great crash must have been a disaster.

  3. They all are!
    I was just looking at the choir camp pics… love the slippers.. can’t make out what they represent but love them.
    Lost your email address in great crash, but prefer not to put mine online, so if you still have it, feel free to email otherwise we can stay in touch here.
    Went to 2nd to last space shuttle launch last year about this time… it was spectacular.
    Am keeping my eye open for dream homes around here… so far, not much around here ot see.

  4. By the way, what organ is pictured in the sidebars of this web page?

  5. scotto says:

    Hi again, Lise.
    Yes, don’t put your mail address here – you never know who is checking for such things. I’m on FB, btw. The sidebars look like an organ, but they’re actually a photo of Ely Cathedral in England. It’s one place I take the university choir to every couple of years. No dream homes around you? Well! Plenty of junkers here.

  6. Lise from RHS says:

    Hi Scotto! Glad to hear you are back on your feet (and wheels!) Sounds like you’ve had a terrible time with this accident.
    Drove to Bremerton yesterday and took the ferry back, quite a nice day out with my Dad. Reminded me a bit of your, more exciting, adventure stories. We saw 2 bald eagles, one on the 520 bridge!
    Oh, do you remember “Down with acavados”? gave me a laugh! Take care and look forward to more fun from you.

  7. scotto says:

    Nice to hear from you, Lise. 2 bald eagles in one day? Pretty good catch, I’d say. You DID have a camera ready, didn’t you? I’m doing very well on the recovery business. Riding daily, etc.

  8. Lise from RHS says:

    No cameras handy…. just memories I guess. 🙂 Dad had a stroke in 2010 so he and I go for outings as often as he is up for it. (almost daily these days!) I am really enjoying the time I have with him. Anyway, we have found an eagles nest with 2 eaglets in downtown Kirkland. so we go ck that out as often as possible. Happy cycling and congrats on the new organ!

    Love reading your blog 🙂

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