金沢という外国 A foreign land called Kanazawa

先日、仕事で金沢まで行ってきた。 地理的センスゼロなので、車で金沢まで行って欲しい、という依頼があったとき、何も考えず「イイッスヨ」とか言っちゃった。出発数日前にググったら所要時間6時間ちょっとって出てビックリした。 The other day, I vi...



先日、仕事で金沢まで行ってきた。
地理的センスゼロなので、車で金沢まで行って欲しい、という依頼があったとき、何も考えず「イイッスヨ」とか言っちゃった。出発数日前にググったら所要時間6時間ちょっとって出てビックリした。

The other day, I visited Kanazawa for work.
Having literally zero geographic sense, when I was asked to drive to Kanazawa, I said "sure!".  However, when I googled the route and it said it takes 6 hours and a bit, I was like Uh, oh...

そんなワケで、つりやゴルフへ行く人みたいに4時半とかに起きて出発さ!
行けども行けども続く道、いやぁ、ひたすら走ってるはずなのに、時計を見るとまだ7時半とか。はぁ!?時間おかしくないか?!って。

So anyway, I woke up around 4:30am just like CEO of Apple and started driving!
Felt like driving for hours but the clock said it's still 7:30am and I was like Whattt?! Is Time distorted?! 

まぁ、そんな事はいいや。
Anyway...

金沢に到着して驚いたのは、その活気!!
10年くらい前にも仕事で来た事があったんだけど、その時は全然盛ってない田舎町だった記憶があって。でも2015年に北陸新幹線が開通してから劇的に変わったみたい。駅も観光客だらけ!滞在したホテルも外国人観光客ばかり!!土地から出るエネルギーみたいなものが、全く別物でした。

仕事で行っているので観光する時間はなかったけど、ホテルのラウンジが予想外にいい雰囲気。まるで外国のホテルみたいだったので、ビールなんか飲みつつスケッチをしました。

The thing that struck me the most when I arrived in Kanazawa was its vibes.  I had visited Kanazawa about 10 years ago for work but at that time the place was so empty, it was like out of nowhere just as other non-major cities in Japan. But since the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Northbound bullet train) opened up in 2015, it boomed the visitors from all over Japan and abroad.  There were tourists everywhere.  The hotel I stayed in was packed with foreign visitors that I felt as if I came to some foreign country...  The energy of the place was totally different. 

There were no time for sight seeing since I was there for work but the lounge at the hotel that I stayed in was pretty nice so I sketched there while drinking beers.


美味しそうにビールを飲む外国人紳士。一日の疲れとビールでの浮揚感。このおじさんに投影しちゃった感じ。
Drinking beer and sketching... what more can I ask? 


一夜明けてホテルの朝食。いかにも外国人なお二人。一人は日本食を試して、上手にお箸を使っていました。

The next day at breakfast.  One of the guys (foreign tourist) was using chopsticks pretty well. 


隣の席に座ったフランス人観光客の奥様。ただ座ってるだけなのに、描きたくなるそのたたずまい。フランス語は耳に楽しいなぁ。。。

The French lady sat next to my table.  The sound of French was nice to my ears.  I had no idea what they were talking about though.


と、言うわけで、国内旅行なのに外国へ行ってきたような週末でした。仕事で行ってるのに何点かスケッチが出来たって言うのも、なんか得した気分になるよね。そして、それが後に自分へのお土産みたいになるんだよ。

So, that's about it.  It was a weekend business trip to Kanazawa but felt like visiting a foreign country.  I am kinda happy that I got to sketch for myself even I was there for work.  These sketches be my souvenirs in time for sure...






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