The baby cradle for Japanese people

It has become cold. It is December, so that’s only natural, right? This year, even in Japan, it has been warm during the day until just recently. Today, as usual, I will write about how I feel about things.

The baby cradle for Japanese people is the inside of trains. In the city, it is always brisk and busy everywhere: people coming and going on the streets, at the supermarket registers, waitresses in the restaurants. People don’t make smalltalk.

Where are you all going in such a rush? For what reason? Sometimes, I can’t help but wonder about this. It may be because of my easygoing attitude, but it seems to me that the word, "leisure*" is disappearing from our vocabulary.

In the country, there are places where streetcars run leisurely along, though. Anyhow, inside the trains, the young and the old alike sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Fortunately for people who are sitting, the cushions are comfortable; they are warm and, in the winter, they feel especially good. It seems like this is our only quiet place. I, too, often doze off for an our in spite of myself.

* In Japanese, the word, "leisure" (rejaa) means "entertainment" or "pleasure." However, in English, it has more of a relaxing connotation. It means, to have free time to do nothing.

 寒くなって来ました。12月なので当たり前ですね。 日本も今年は、この間まで昼間はとても暖かかったです。 今日は、日頃、感じていた事をちょっと書いてみます。

 日本人のゆりかご、それは・・・電車の中。 ・・・道路を行き交う人々、スーパーのレジ、レストランのウェートレス、町の中では、いつでもどこでも、皆、てきぱきと忙しい。 無駄口はたたかない。 ~そんなに急いでどこに行くの~  何のため?~  時々、私は考えてしまう。 私がのんきなせいかもしれないが、 日本には、「YUTORI」 という字が消えかけている。
 地方では、まだ市電がのんきそうに走っている所もあるようですが・・・ 電車の中、老いも若きも、とにかく寝る。 寝る。 寝る。 寝る。 運良く座れた人は、クッションがいい、温かくて冬は特に気持ちがいい・・・ ここが唯一のやすらぎの場所かの如くに・・・ 私も小1時間、ついうとうととしてしまう。

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