Bidding this close friend of mine goodbye felt so unreal — the two of us see each other very often, so I could not really picture her going away. We were talking non-stop that night; from sake to red wine, we had one glass after another the entire night. Things started to look blurry as we got more tipsy, as if it was just another ordinary night that we drank more than usual. My friend is a part-time pottery instructor. Two weeks ago, I asked what she would bring with her in the luggage, she gave it a careful thought and decided on a couple of pieces of ceramic ware. This reminded me of a recent camping trip where me and my friends tried our best to pack as little as possible. We kept taking out things that we stuffed into our backpack, at the point where we even gave up items that we usually see as necessities. We did travel light that day. Soon after we started, it began pouring. The rain was splashing on our face but we did not care, as the rainwater was soon dried up by the breeze. The scene in front of us was blurred by mist, but it got cleared up in a blink of an eye. Nature can change at such a fast pace that is beyond our grasp. This made me wonder what actually did necessity mean?
The Kanagawa-produced Spoonful Tote has a similar design to the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth Furoshiki. Users can easily fold it into different shapes and sizes according to their needs, and tie it up like a bag. When not being used, this thin cloth can be rolled up without taking much of the storage space. Spoonful Tote is made of waxed canvas made by Japanese artisans. With snap fasteners lined up on the two sides of the rectangular waxed canvas, one can turn the cloth into a tote bag within a minute. Leaving the studs open, then the canvas can be used to carry bigger items like a chair. The sturdy canvas can surely support a heavy load without getting wobbly. The Spoonful Tote series was originally designed for carrying picnic accessories, so the picnic-goers can pack everything in the tote bags and put them in the car.
Camping has taught me quite a bit. I have learned to go with the flow. Waking up on a sunny weekend, I can spontaneously grab a picnic chair and read by the waterfall close to my place. Taking a pot of coffee and a book with me, I can easily spend the whole day until sunset. Sometimes I fall asleep after reading a few lines of the book, but taking a nap outside is also a nice way to spend my weekend.
Getting away from the usual routine by camping for a day or two, or leaving one’s hometown for good, these are all changes that remind us to rethink about our current way of living. These are the lessons that liberate us from the familiarity of our everyday life and learn to embrace the joy of being impulsive.
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