It's a powerless summer indeed. In facts, the temperature on The Revolution
day (Jul. 14) was only 12°C.
I had planed optimistically to rent a room in Paris for a month . But I
concerned about it after I actually arrived at Paris. "Is that possible?"
But I was serious. I wanted to live and take photos in Paris. "Yes,
I must do it"
I started checking with real estate office and classified ad. on the news
paper, and finally got the room on the 3rd day in Paris. For good or worse,
the strong wish and time limit pushed me up being so agressive.
However the most biggest factor was "Good luck and Timing" I
was just lucky. I found the rental room ad. on the news paper. The exact
room was not available. But the owner, Japanese madam, introduced me to
the wife of her husband's colleague. Then the colleague's wife introduced
me to her friend. I got an excellent syndicate. How can I describe it without
saying "Good Luck"?
The room was outside of Paris in exact. The nearest station was Villejuif
Paul Vaillant Couturier of the Metro No.7. I thought the name of "Couturier"came
from "Dressmaker"in French. But it's the name of famous journalist,
politician and founder of French Communist Party.
Although the house had old fashioned brown stone exterior, the interior
was newly renovated. White wall and sunshine from wide window made the
living room look airy. Madam's daughter was independent of her. So she
had an extra room and I rented it. From my window on the 2nd floor, I saw
the top of the tree in back yard. The leaves rustled in the wind. It's
a cozy room.
I left the house in Villejuif with my camera every morning and took the
Metro. For a whole month, I had walking around and photographed in Paris
as I had planed. The 20 wards of Paris was so characteristic. So it was
for the 23 wards in Tokyo. However each ward of Paris had much stronger
taste. The people in high-class residential area was extremely rich while
there were wards where normal residence lived in. There was a characteristic ward which was very ethnic too. What else? The ward which had many hospitals and cemeteries, and
of course, which involved famous tourist sites and symbols of Paris ...
I visited each ward one by one. As the result, I became familiar with Paris
After walking all day, I came back to Villejuif. Usually around 8 o'clock.
It still had light. I stopped by a bakery and bought a half baguette for
dinner. But I often ate it on the way back home and regretted I should
had bought a whole baguette. After the dinner I talked with the madam who
came back from work. We talked about the things which had been happen on
the day. It's also ideal situation for learning French. I'm pretty sure.
However , I must be dipped into Paris too much nevertheless I stayed in
Villjuif. So I knew the "Vill Juif" meant Jewish Town in English
after I came back to Japan. What kind of history did the quarter have,
where antique brick houses was well conserved?
It's said "French is all the great countryside except Paris"
In another words, each community has history and pride. Once you step out
from the capital city at La Place d'Italie, the real France would be shown
in front of you. If the very first town is Villjuif, the very first chapter
learning the real France must be there.
"Open air cinema" Paris, France 2001
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