25/September/2023 in Krakow
"Playing or swimming in the lake"
This always looks to me "very European"
Probably 2 reasons
1st reason is related to my country of origin/Japan
The entire country is surrounded by the sea
Swimming in the lake isn't popular
To me, lake always brings me an impression of slightly mysterious & far away & intact
And for the most people in the country, lake is the least familiar place
Rather, many are concerned with safety & cleanness of the water from the lake
which is not circulated or flowing, like the sea or the river
In my head, being "too attentive" & "over-concerned" with small tiny things is always connected to morbid mentality of the Japanese people
while an opposite quality, "nonchalance", is always connected with foreigners (in my case, Europeans, since I'm in Europe often)
2nd reason would be a Polish film by Roman Polanski, "Knife in the Water (1962)"
The story is about a couple playing in the lake
Watching the film's trailer many times in my teens infused me an image that "Europeans was playing in the lake", which is again, not common in my country