Invited by my swedish friend, Jonas, I and some Japanese friends visited his summer house. Summer house is a place where people spend summer vacation. Here in Sweden, people usually take four weeks of vacation and relax there. I think there are not so many people who own their own summer house, but many would rent. According to some statistics, almost half of swedish choose to stay in there during summer vacation.


 My friend’s summer house was located outside stockholm. We took trains and buses through Drotning palace, royal family resident which is designated as world heritage, to the edge of lake Melaren. The colorful buildings which looked like summer house were standing in an orderly line. We did ride the small boat for fifteen minutes to the inner part of lake. I was quite surprised to find that he owned his own boat. No qualification for driving. No safety jacket. I asked him if it was dangerous. “Some people in boat die every year because they got drunk”. He answered as a matter of fact.



 Seen from the middle of lake, you can appreciate how many islands are there in Stockholm. Especially many island in which nobody seemed to be living. If I were a junior high school student, I must have explored the islands with my friends. Along the wall of rock of island were summer houses built side by side. One of them was equipped with a long slide and another with a private small beach.


 Finally, we landed at his place, fastening the boat alongside the quay. In front of us was a rocky wall. Just 10 meter up, there was a small house which looked like the very summer house, surrounded by trees and flowers, and small statues. You could also find a tiny cabin on the way. It turned out to be his private sauna! Try to warm up to your limit and dive into the lake. This is the way people in Scandinavia enjoy sauna at summer house.





 Inside the summer house, there is the common room with sofa and armed-chair and table in the kitchen. The gentle sunny light filled the window and the panorama was magnificent. Idealized image of beauty was there, which seemed only to exist in my imagination. I had already acrossed the boundary to another world. My consciousness was thrown into “nothingness”. This is a very world where people don’t even have the awareness of what it is like to be relaxed.


 If only the beauty is the product of our imagination, the sense of beauty is reinforced by distorting the reality. Get the image of your own. Produce your own reality. And the sense of beauty will be keener. Now I just understant one of the reason why scandinavian countries are excessively ideolized.

ぐし Gushi について

Currently working for a Japanese consulting firm providing professional business service. After finishing my graduate course at Uppsala University in Sweden (2013), I worked for the European Parliament in Brussels as a trainee and then continued working at a lobbying firm in Brussels(2015). After that I joined the Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working in a unit dedicating for the negotiations on EU-Japan's Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA/FTA) (-2018). 現在は民間コンサルティング会社で勤務。スウェーデンのウプサラ大学大学院政治行政学修士取得、欧州議会漁業委員会で研修生として勤務(-2013年3月)、ブリュッセルでEU政策や市場動向などを調査の仕事に従事した後(-2015年3月)、外務省で日EUのEPA交渉チームで勤務(-2018年3月)。連絡先:gushiken17@hotmail.com
カテゴリー: スウェーデン(その他), スウェーデン(旅行) パーマリンク

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    Those views were amazing!!
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  2. Toshi より:

    Correctly speaking, it’s not that I don’t wanna go back to Japan, but it’s just that I think there are still more things that I can learn in Sweden. Of course, the summer in Sweden is much better than Japan,though.
    Since you are studying about something about the building design, Sweden is very interesting place for you!! I recommend you to visit a city library in Stockholm. The building is a round-shape。

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