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i am reminded of a monologue…

…that helped robin williams receive his oscar.  he was talking to matt damon (both in character) about how will knew a lot because he had studied many books.  in fact, it would appear that he got most of his education from the library…for free.  HOWEVER, he could not tell the doc how it feels to be at and with certain things and people. 


these words are round 2.  i just erased somehow what i wrote when i attempted to write a drum melody riff that i heard at a local shrine.

i was able to go to a local shrine and much like a blessing from a catholic priest, i was able to participate in the blessing of a meal.  the priest, with his fluid movements invited me to participate.  i sat down, and one by one we the partcipants were invited to put a tree branch on the table.  when it was my turn i bowed 2 times, after looking directly at the door, and clapping 2 times, and bowed 1 more time.  the pictures and words around me and atmosphere including the priest’s prayer reminded me, and i am not rude here, of a david lynch film.  it was really sobering.  the drum chorus, in romaji, was something like “do kon don, doko don.”

after i was able to see many hibachi and my friend’s father’s friend’s house.  i was shown and given a brief exlanation of tea ceremony.  much like receiving a business card so i can read it, i would receive the cup with te picture facing me, look, turn it to the left, drink, and igve back with the face facing the recepient.  i also saw many books, but alas still no taiko.

from now, i go to the library again to renew the books i have borrowed.  with any luck, in the next few days, i can write my report.


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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