Before I close this year. Let me update my blog.
So this year I published a new novel: Jejak Hati (Gagasmedia) and 2 new stories (Je Danse Avec Le Vent & Pertanyaan) in an anthology: Kelana (Grasindo) with my fellow Ranesi Literature Competition finalists.
Pertanyaan & Je Danse Avec Le Vent, (on Kelana anthology) are two stories with one main character. It probably seems like two chapter of a novel. But it’s not. actually I was submitted other story along with ‘Pertanyaan’ to my editor. But she rejected that. So I had to write new story for the anthology. And it became ‘Je Danse Avec Le Vent’ that i wrote in 2 days.
The tittle ‘Je Danse Avec Le Vent’ I took from Indilla’s song lyric Darniere Danse.
Why French song? Well, because the setting of the story is in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo.
Yes. Tokyo. As in Japan.
First time I visited Jiyugaoka was June 2013. My friend and I set a meeting around the station.
I came an hour early, so I spent the time strolling around the district.
That experience took me by surprise because every store I walked in at Jiyugaoka was playing French song. Even Book Off (a chain bookstore for used book) here had a lot of book in French language.
I thought, okay probably it’s just a coincidence.
But I visited Jiyugaoka several times after and get to know the place more, and those French atmosphere was there.
This is a picture from the last time I went on rue Marie Claire, Jiyugaoka in January 2014.
Yup, rue Marie Claire, or Marie Claire Street, or Japanese called Marie Claire Dori.
Japanese peep doesn’t actually used to name their street.
In mailing address for example, they only use block number and building name. But for a shopping district they usually named them dori / street / rue / strasse, depends on where they took the inspiration as the name for the district. (I myself lived 10 meters from shopping street called Bremen Strasse. If you think Strasse is very Germany. Yes German was where they took the inspiration. They had German beer festival when I was there)
Talking about Bremen Strasse, I haven’t really made this place as a setting for any of my story yet. But I wrote half of ‘Pertanyaan’ on this little warm café named ‘Precious Coffee Moment’ at Bremen Strasse.
They had the best coffee i ever tasted. yet. (especially if you compare them to starbucks. Duh! )
Can you spot the café on this Bremen Street picture?
(ps. I will write about ‘Jejak Hati’ in another post)