I experience traveling overseas only 6 times, but these were so concentrated ones after I began to dance.
Except a trip to Europe when I was a student, I traveled always to the South, after I began to dance, where I enjoyed to meet the people of lovely brown skin, and that rejuvenate me with my life force. Nowadays I especially love to visit south islands.
- South, Island, Sea,,, these are the keyword of my travel and of my life.
[ 1992 - France(Nice, Menton, Dijion, Lyon, Paris), England(London) ]
Suprisingly I never traveled in 10 years after this trip. And in the travel after 2003, I always took lessons of dance! Dance is always my trigger to the trip.
[ 2003 - Hawai'i (the island of O'ahu, and of Hawai'i) ]
It was my first trip to Hawai'i. The purpose of the trip is to join my Hula teacher's graduation ceremony of Hula(Uniki). We Hula students moved to a university ground in Kailua area, just after arriving at Honolulu without taking a glance of Waikiki beach... We stayed there 3 nights preparing the Hula show after my teacher's Uniki ceremony. We made Lei with leaf and a instrument from branches of trees, did a practice and rehearsal of dance. Literally we spent the time for concentrate in and dedicate to the ceremony of Hula. After our first stage in Hawai'i finished, we were finally relaxed, then the time to see Waikiki beach! But, this time we just took a glance from a taxi going to the party place in the night, and the early time of the next day we started to the island of Hawai'i for the trip visiting many sacred places of Hula (Huaka'i. We went around from the east end of the island, then to the north, and to the south-west area in the island, of course visited Kilauea volcano. After finished our second purpose Huaka'i, at last, we had only 1 day and a half free time. I choose Dolphin Swim withoug question, that I prepared to join before the trip, in Japan. I left for Makaha beach area where tourists hardly visit. We couldn't meet dolphines near in the sea all the morning of this day, then we were brought in the sacred forest where we can see a big Manoa falls The air is so clean, we enjoyed the silence and the atmosphere of sacred place.
[ 2005 - Egypt(Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Alexandria, Siwa) ]
When I met Tamallyn Dallal, American bellydancer, at her workshop in Tokyo, she suggested us the tour to SIWA oasis with bellydancers group. I was so attracted the image of SIWA and decided to join the tour and to go Egypt. Actually it was after I first watched my bellydance teacher Mishaal's DVD that she was dancing in front of a pyramid in Giza from that I had the idea to go to Egypt and visit pyramid. Her dancing in front of the pyramid was very much impressive for me, that image brought me there in a moment, I felt.
At this time of year from the end of June to the begining of July, a yearly bellydance festival is given in the hotel at Giza 'Mena House Oberoi'. I took some lessons that interested me. I took a workshop of only one Egyptian style bellydance, and other ethnic dances attracted me such as Khaleezy(dance of gulf region) and Indian Bollywood dance(taught by Meera).
In Siwa oasis, everything was miraculous! I was very much grateful for Tamallyn who organized this tour, and I was so happy to travel with her around 1 week. As well as the experience of sleeping in the desert, the hotel that we stayed at was so greate. The hotel, actually a resort, is a old shrine remained as old time and has so wide ground fronting the lake. There is no electricity in every room for stay, so when we arrived there in the dark at night, I first didn't understad where this is and how is this room because I couldn't see clearly around and I got scared in the dark because I was lead to my single room alone. But just after that, dinner time party was so enjoyable and I never forget that we danced together with cheerful Bedouins and Berbers who worked in this resort and always served us.
[ 2005 - Hawai'i (the island of O'ahu, and of Kaua'i) ]
I was interested in the Hindu temple in Kaua'i, it was a little amazing that there were a Hindu temple in Hawai'i! I couldn't enter in the back of the shrine, but could walk in all the area of this wide garden. I became soon to love this wonderful atmosphere that the Gods and the Goddesses in Hindu and the sweet smelled plants in Hwai'i were there together harmoniously.
In my free time of only half a day, I went to the mountain area by taxi. Actually the day before, I didn't have a time to visit Hindu temple, but I wanted to visit there at any cost, so I tried to go there picking the taxi. It was happy that the taxi driver was so kind, we were open up by finding out that his mother is Kumu Hula, I'm Hula dancer, and he is tahitian drummer, so we were linked by the Hula. Then he proposed me to lead to the very famous fall with no extra charge, I was so happy. But I did mistake that he meant the fall very small fall on the way we were driving, and I was satisfied that and stopped going to the real fall that he spoke to me. I unerstood afterword that he spoke about the very big fall where the movie '' Jurassic Park '' was taken. I was so sorry about my misunderstanding,,, but I remember a very kind native hawai'ian taxi driver as a good memory.
[ 2007 - Philippines(Panay, Cebu, Mactan, Bohol) ]
Panay island is a academic town without pretension like Cebu, but there is a world heritage church a little apart from the central area, and very big festival of cultural(ethnic) dance in January, we can enjoy if we'd like to experience a cultural side of this island. I was told by my friend before I went there that Philippines is a very poor country so if watching the people's life in a poor area, I would be shocked. But I never be shocked negatively, I would be rather moved by the people who were all so beautiful even working in the street, because their posture is so good, the bright eyes has a power, the body was tight shaped and the skin was sun tunned to bronze color.
[ 2008 - Sri Lanka(Kandy, Sigiria, Dambulla, Negombo) ]
Going back from the tour, I happened to see an interested hypothesis 'Who are Sigiria Ladies?' that is sometimes talked about, and the answers are always 'wife of the King', 'lady's maid of the King', and 'Goddesses in imagine'.I found the answer that the ladies are 'Tara', Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism professed in this area at that time. I was so suprised and I got to love this thesis because Sigiria Lady's adorable glamorous body and exotic alluring smile on the face that I fell in love just when I watched once looks like these of Bodhisattva, I suppose, and of couse I love Tara very much. Also I was suprised because Theravada Buddhism is always popular in Sri Lanka, but Mahayana Buddhism was also come down to this island, if it's true, at the old time. And above all, Tara is most important for me as the connection to the dance, I'm very happy to meet Tara on this island where I was gifted the traditional dance of this country, after stating to dance with the linkage to the Tara and learning several dances in a southerly. So, Sigiria Lady is for me neither more nor less than the universal existence who symbolizes the femininity and the goddess who appears everywhere in the world.