sitting on a goose / 150歳を記念して

November 27, 2012

13 November 2008, Germany
Nils Hogersson on Goose
150th birthday of Selma Lagerlöf
illustration: Wilhelm Schulz

Another stamp to feature a scene from “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils”, and this is celebrating the 150th birthday of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf.  This popular story for children was published in 1906.

I saw a group of birds in a V-shape, traveling towards the South of Tokyo, beside the Tama River.  I imagined sitting on one of them again, thinking that mountains, coastlines and rivers must be the guides for their long journey – but how do they remember all of those?

セルマ・ラーゲルレーヴの生誕150年を記念したドイツの切手にも『ニルスの不思議な旅』のひとコマが描かれています。原作の発表は1906年。このイラストが、その当時にすでに使われていたものかどうかは不明。

先日多摩川の河川敷にて、南に向かうV字編隊の渡り鳥を見ました。またもや、鳥の背に乗る小さな男の子の気分で「空の上から見る、川の描く地形は彼らのナビに違いない、、でもどうやって記憶している?」と想像をたくましくしたのでした。

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