I thought that the blog I made during my trip to Japan deserved a special note. For me it was something like the first complete experience of blogging, very enriching, communicative and encouraging. I’ve already mentioned it in other parts of this blog, but pabro.wordpress.com had a couple of important features: first of all, the fact that I managed to post at least some writing every single day. Then, the fact that different kinds of contents appeared, and the blog became also a space for side projects to my trip. Alongside the log of my activities and reflections in Tokyo, I started pages about specific areas of interest: graphic design images, japanese words, satellite pictures of the neighbourhoods I was staying in, pictures of the people I met and worked with, and a couple of small videos I made while being there.
That blog became an essential space for reflecting and bridging my work there with previous experiences and studies. As I engaged with teaching a workshop and rehearsing with a group of 13 Japanese dancers I hadn’t met before, writing on the blog became the space that allowed me to reflect on what I was doing and understand to what it was connected in my background. I started realising which had been the most influential experiences at the SNDO, quite surprisingly in some cases. It also became an important parallel rehearsal space, since my working schedule with the dancers was quite limited. The blog made up for the lack of rehearsal time, since it allowed me to have a certain continuity of the work at least on the level of thought. And though the dancers in Japan didn’t participate in it, they were reading it and reacting. And as said somewhere else in this blog, the public aspect of it affected the writing and the thinking.
Finally, the circumstances around that blog I was talking about, are related to being alone in a foreign place: I was in Japan, a guest in someone else’s house, in a city whose language I couldn’t even guess at (since the alphabets are so different, it wasn’t easy to even learn and remember signs), surrounded by people that mostly couldn’t speak in english (or even less in spanish). So somehow the blog back then also had to make up, I think, for a certain lack in communication. I guess if I had been somewhere less alone and more in conversation, it wouldn’t have been so easy to write so much. In any case, it was an important experience and a good trigger for the following blog. And actually the next one, smallerinamsterdam.wordpress.com, turned out to be quite useful also. In that process I also felt that I could really make use of the blog.