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july 13, 2011

i was able to ________  3 amazing things yesterday.

on my way to taiko practice

1)  i was able to hear a reminder of the playing technique during and after taiko practice.  in order to make the desired sound one desires, specifically the sound my teacher wants, i am to play 8th notes with small bicycle like movements.  make small circles as if i were riding a long on a summer’s day.  i was reminded to hold the stick with just the thumb and pointy finger wrapped around the stick and then loosely the rest.  i think the word that was used was similar to the なかよし meaning.  gently.  i do not change languages in my head, so if you want the *real* translation, please look it up.

2)  i was able to hear about a perhaps confirmation of the people of japan.  years ago it was considered humble to turn away a compliment.  for example, if i say, as i did, that something is done well, i have to say the opposite.  these days some people accept the nicety and say *thank you*.

3)  one of my friends thinks, in order to get nuances of a language one must, and if i get this wrong, i will erase this and try again, one must translate english into english, english into japanese, and japanese into english.  i must contemplate this advice.  it seems right to compartmentalize the languages, but i rarely think what does a word mean in the opposite language as the conversation is going on.  if i had done so, i would have missed all the times i did comprehend.  either way, it is an interesting idea.  i must investigate (if i have time…taiko report first? or same time possible?)

ps4)  this is the first sign i have seen that is both general and specific.


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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