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Paris: Culture of stone and culture of wood

One thing that strikes me when I walk around Paris: how different the city is from Tokyo. Hmm, people would probably say how silly you are, it's without saying! Well, it sounds obvious but visiting Paris for the third time, I can see city in more objective way than I did for the first or second visit.

In the first visit, I was all excited about seeing "Arc de Triomphe", "Tour Eiffel", "Musee de louvre", "Notre-Dame" and all the other touristic monuments and buildings within the city. In the second visit, I was all motivated to see all kinds of other museums. I was curious to see how modern architecuture exist among the most classical types of buildings you can imagine.

This time, I probably know better about the city. At least I acknowledge I'm seeing things differently from the past two stays. What caught me the most is how city is all about stones everywhere and after a few days, I could even feel some type of "difficulty breathing" as I'm not very much used to city with culture of stones.

If you are architecutre majors or if you are European city lovers, you surely understand this. For me, I understood theoretically but it never stroke me like the stay this time. More than I thought, every type of building is made of stones or bricks if you want to call but clearly not so many of the wood-made buildings.

In Tokyo, we no longer see so many wood-made buildings. There are more of the buildings with solid, rather colorless cements and every road you see in Tokyo may be paved with concrete. Still, if you go inside a small road or little apartment like my place, you have large chances to see wood pillars or verandas.

Coming to culrue of stone, I then understand I'm a girl from the culture of wood. When I see small wood doors, I smile without reason. When I saw wood sculptures in the art exibitions held in Grand Palais last week, I felt like staying in front of it forever.

Afterall, I understand little things like this makes the cultural difference even if we aren't aware of them.
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by Haruka_Miki | 2006-03-22 00:00 |
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