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lessons learned today…

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number one…i can travel to nagoya and back within half a day and not feel tired.
number two…i know a lot of japanese, but still have a long way to go
number three…my old shoes that i got back in 2005 have a new home
number four, and most important…talented people in japan turn away compliments.

a little more on my lessons:
1) i took the 9:39am train fo nagoya, went around the department store, got 2 books,

and had a nice lunch (with me following 2 who wanted to enjoy their time and see what they wanted with “focus”). and, i was able to take 2 trains back in yokkaichi earlier. i was going to take the 2:22, not 2:02, but i took the one before…wow, wow…
2) my japanese teacher complimented my spoken japanese, but said i have a ways to go on my written. GAMBARIMASU! FIGHT! FIGHT!
3) recently i bought new adidas for 2100 yen. cheap. i am so happy. this means i can now donate 3 pairs of shoes. 3. and one has all ready found a home. i am so happy. if i bought, and as i said, i did, i wanted to donate 3. yes!
4) i visited an ikebana lesson house (?) and i met the teacher. i was invited to sit and relax in his, and for lack of better word, room where he displays his creations. i will call it a dojo. in any event, i said that his pictures were nice. he did not agree.
when i play taiko in a bad way, or even the opposite, i must remember to accept the words, but say the opposite? what i mean to say is i was reminded of the, and i do not mean this negatively, the stereotype of the japanese artist. they do not say proudly that they are good. it reminds me of the english grammar point of: be V+ing (present continuous).

therefore, it is important to have daily lessons learned and if have to be reminded again and again. i can apply these lessons in taiko in a simple way- little by little i will get better. there is no rush. i have my whole life ahead of me. 今を生きる.


About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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