Ikoku Meiro no Croisée 02 & 03: Bread vs. Pan


The past two weeks have seemed like a switch-up for Claude and Yune – we get a slice of French culture accentuated by some really tough bread and a street market, followed by an interesting take on Claude’s interpretation of Yune’s and Oscar’s telling of the Japanese lifestyle. The best part about this show so far is that its pacing feels like putting a car in cruise control on a long road for several hours at a time; sure, it may be a long trip, but you can still appreciate the slowly changing scenery.


Apart from Yune getting more time to tour the Galerie and nearby market, the emphasis in the second episode clearly had to do with her societal acceptance. “Do as the Romans do” would probably be the best term, and the first-ever piece of cheese Yune struggles but eventually manages to consume was a good analogy for her persistence with anything beyond her comfort level. For some reason, it’s still a mystery to me three episodes is as to why she’s really in Paris in the first place, but I suppose that will be revealed in a later week. Claude’s insistence that she detest their offerings once in a while out of good will to herself backfires when she adorably comments that adjusting to their tastes will help her become closer to them. Awww. Too polite!!


The wealthy sisters and buyer of Yune’s mother’s keepsake kimono make an appearance this week. I really hope Yune shows them one day how to properly wear it. Just how deeply a role they’ll play as family of the apparent owners, or at least influential entities, is something I’m most curious about. Showing Claude walking down the Galerie and being disappointed by a number of closed shops piqued my interest as to how long that place will last, especially if the main person in charge of its back-end economics doesn’t even know her own kimono came from there.


So, the sign job that Claude took on earlier turned out to be a successful sale based on the creative idea of implementing Yune’s name within the design. It certainly was fitting for an instrument shop, and it felt great to finally see it happen in light of his earlier tour through the nearly deserted mall. And his gesture to buy Yune some finer paper to write letters to her older sister with was just plain sweet and caring.


Amidst all of the little cultural misunderstandings, these last two weeks have done a good job in fleshing out the trio we’ve grown to become comfortable with. I really liked how Yune’s name tied in with the sound of the rain and Claude’s idea to put the Japanese characters for ‘sound’ into his most recent sign work. Coming from two opposing cultures where both still have a lot to learn from each other, they complement each other so well and bring about many great things.





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