Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Butterfly road

Breathing in the air on the subtropical Tametomi Island, old memories came back to me.

In February 2001, I traveled to Taketomi Island with some of my best friends. Notably, Yukio-Pegio Gunji was there.
On the first afternoon, we rented a bicycle and pedaled towards the beach. There was a small path, with weeds growing from both sides. As we sped through the vegetations, butterflies flew out of the shrubs and encircled us. Their wings deformed and changed positions in the air, like flower petals dancing in the wind.

It was a beautiful and yet fundamentally comical scene. We felt as if we were in a classic film. Some scholars and students dedicated to the research of complex systems riding the bike on a small island, with butterflies celebrating our efforts. The vision was striking and poignant. It stays with me to this day.

On this particular visit to the island, we made it to the butterfly road again. I found the path to be a little bit wider than in memory, perhaps due to an expansion work that has been done. Due to the seasons or other elements, there were less butterflies in the air, so I missed the replay of the movie scene with Yukio-Pegio Gunji.

The butterfly road revisited.


US said...

Calm white road.
Even the shadows are translucent on it.

Butterflies seem blessing the revisit and brisk pedaling under their breath.
They are tender toward a hard worker.

Petrusa de Koker said...

Your entries on Taketomi Island made me curious and I read up on this. All the photos show a lovely idyllic place with traditional structures and buildings. I can understand why you want to leave all things, which remind you of civilization behind. The photos you included are beautiful.

砂山鉄夫(Tetsu Sunayama) said...

I've not met Yukio-Pegio Gunji as a real character, but know him as a fictitious character in your novel "PROCESS A.I."

He was lying in the triangle-shaped space back to back seats on the Shinkansen train. amusing!

This novel is difficult, but it depicts a lot of beautiful scenery.

The scenery of flying a bright red butterfly and a yellow one in the blue sky above the greenery is unforgettable...