My Japanese madeleine de Proust
Like everyone else I have tastes, smells or sounds that revive in me some special memories.
Recently, I realized that I also had these things in my Japan life and it's reassuring.
Here are some of my most precious Japanese madeleine de Proust !
"Madeleine de Proust" or Proust’s "sponge cake" is a French fairly common expression. It refers to a passage in one of Marcel Proust’s (famous writter) books where he talks about how eating a madeleine brings him childhood memories. Learn in details about this expression here.
|A delicious melon pan from the bakery near my working place|
Melon pan's tasteI can't remember when I ate my first melon pan (メロンパン), this delicious bread with a sweet crust on the top. Was it during my first trip or maybe during the second ? No idea. However, every time I bite into the bread, it reminds me of my very first trips to Japan. For me this is THE quintessential taste of Japan and it is thanks to it that I had the idea of this short article.
The rainMy very first stay in Japan was under water : it rained almost all the time. Since, each rainy day in Japan brings me back to April 2006's atmosphere when we visited such places as Kyoto with an umbrella and I loved it. That's why I lovewhen it's raining when I visit a shrine or temple in Japan and I'm happy about the rainy season to come (who said I'm weird ?) .
Trains' melodiesHaving taken the train daily dice my second stay, trains sounds always bringing me a whiff of nostalgia. Two in particular are precious to me : the closing doors sound and the Takadanobaba Station's melody on the Yamanote Line in Toyko because I went down to that station to go to school. Besides, I had all the Yamanote melodies in my iPod for years.
Fried eggs topped with black pepper
While writing this article, I noticed that most of my madeleine de Proust aren't really things that remind me my very first trip to Japan but my second. Maybe it's because the first one was a tour and I was just with French while in the second I was in total immersion ?
Anyway I still have fun to remember this feelings. Although I realized the dream 10 years ago myself and it's been 4 years that I live full time in Japan, I'm still excited remembering these memories, as if I'd lived in France and that I still had never been in Japan actually. Funny feeling .
And you, do you have some things that have a special meaning to you?