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Experiencing Slow Life

Continuing on my journey in Asia, I headed to the Japanese Alps after exploring the effervescent Tokyo. I spent one month in Okubo, a small village which was a sharp contrast to the city life I am used to.

I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. That was really the case when I reached the Japanese Alps, and it was far beyond what I thought it could be.

Of course, the environment was different, but the change that affected me the most was actually the change in pace.

There was nothing speedy about life in the Japanese Alps. Well, maybe in my circumstances. I had no car, and the only way to reach the closest city was by foot or through the bus with the last one leaving at 8am in the morning.

Such circumstances quickly forced me into a slow life. I eventually experienced time in a totally different way. Since less things can be done during the day, you have more time for introspection.

In some ways, it called to mind the way my grandmother used to live in her younger years. I recall her telling me how she was going by foot to the closest city from our village. I felt connected to these memories instantly.

In the first few days, it felt frustrating that I was not able to move as usual. But then I stopped worrying and eventually adjusted to the nature and climate.

My immersion in the natural environment made me realise that as urban dwellers, we have lost true connection with nature. We no longer live according to its rhythm, the so- called human progress preventing us from depending too much on it. But I was staying in a place far from the speed and the provisions of urban settings. I had no other option but to adapt to the pace of the nature surrounding me.

To be honest, I was so confused that it took me some time to realise what kind of life I lived there. I needed distance to process it.

Slow life was interesting as a short-time experimentation. But I do not see myself thriving at such a pace in the long run. As an artist, I like and need to be stimulated, and the place was not stimulating enough for me.

I eventually took the early bus a few times. I explored the mountainous region and discovered forest bathing. All these places were quite inspiring as these reminded me of the sceneries depicted in Ukiyo-e, a Japanese woodcarving art I like very much.

I will share with you my vision of the Japanese Alps soon through a new photo series I am working on.


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Belle découverte !

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Le kit illustre bien le concept et permet une véritable découverte des parfums. Très bon produit.

Un must

Ce parfum est juste extraordinaire, parfaitement mixte, il est d'une classe sans pareil, définitivement adopté, merci pour ce bijou.

Perfect for late autumn and winter

I will start by saying that I will set this bottle aside until late autumn as to my thinking this is very much a cold weather scent. Gone are any hints of sweetness and flowers, what remains is clean and crisp, this is very much an outdoor scent. No single component rises above the other, nor is this overpowering in any sense. I can imagine wearing this outdoors in the cold with a sweater on, or indoors curled up near a fire.

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Jay G. (United States)
Lovely scent that captures the essence of outdoors

My wife and I had your previous scents, and so I was keen to try the new ones. This is the first of the three, and I'm not disappointed at all. The opening is a very fresh green outdoor scent, and a very natural one as well, I was curious how the sesame would come into play. I can detect it but it's a very harmonious one. That gives way to jasmine, and while as a guy florals don't always work for me, I've always enjoyed jasmine. This is not an overpowering scent and certainly one I could safely wear to the office.

Original et unique

J'avais eu l'occasion d'essayer ce parfum par un échantillon (parmi 4) offert par des amis ; dès que je l'ai senti, j'ai su qu'il était fait pour moi ; j'ai complètement craqué sur le fenouil, en particulier, présent mais pas envahissant. En plus, le flacon est très élégant ; cela faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas craqué pour un parfum. Bref, je l'adore !

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Élodie V. (France)
Sent divinement bon

J’ai rencontré Christèle au marché de Créateurs de la Grande Motte, juste en face de mon stand… Et quelle belle découverte ! Chaque parfum est unique et ne ressemble à rien de ce que je connais par ailleurs. Celui qui a volé mon cœur est Slow Life, unique en son genre. J’ai toujours été en quête du parfum qui me rappellerait l’odeur du jasmin au printemps qui embaumait le pas de ma porte enfant, chaque année. J’en ai testé plein, j’en ai parfois, exceptionnellement, trouvé des bons… et celui excelle. On s’y croirait ; un jasmin, mais avec un côté moins sucré que « d’habitude », plus vert, très fleuri à la fois, comme sur l’arbre en réel. Bravo

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Anne-Françoise R. (France)
J'aime beaucoup

J'ai découvert ce parfum dans une galerie à Collioure il y a deux ans et je l'aime toujours autant. C'est surprenant car je n'ai jamais porté de parfum auparavant. Merci.

Offert à Noël il y a je crois deux ans j'ai été transportée par cette odeur originale, une explosion, je suis fan. Du coup, maintenant que j'ai trouvé votre site, je vais tester les autres 🙂

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Je pense avoir trouvé ce que je cherche depuis longtemps : IMPERMANENCE. Merci