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i will add pictures…i promise, but words shall paint the picture at first. i have been studying very hard the last couple of days. my taiko teacher has given me a great challenge. he created a song just for me and new players. in fact, he wants me to teach them. there is a bit of a conflict. i have a teaching way, and i am putting in new information. 2 days ago he gave the new song. the good news is the theme aka chorus is the same. however there is a new beginning and middle…with kuchi shoga (gutterals that MUST be said with a certain feeling). in fact when i taught the group (and will teach more tonight), i had a lot of fun. i could teach the story of the lone ranger. in fact, it is like i am the lone ranger this summer. i have been here and there and everywhere, but along the way i have made new friends. in fact, last night i could exercise with my new friend. we went to the driving range. i could hit 150 yards with the borrowed 100 yen left handed club. she gave me some silver clubs, but they were right handed. it was a lot of fun just learning about positioning and balance. afterwards we went to where she will play taiko. in fact, i changed my departure place and time to accomodate this comparative and contrasting chance of the different taiko performances. in fact, if i find an internet cafe, and have free time, i can upload pictures of not only the kuwana matsuri, but also the yokkaichi one.
the war that is going on inside me is strange. i have been overcome with so much kindness that my heart feels light when i am with them, and i know i have self-confidence, but the fighting is strange. i am thinking i am getting enough sleep, exercise, and all that. so, what is going on? if i know, do i really have to stop and take a rest?
in fact, i did take a rest. i went outside and sitting in a chair with eyes closed, i heard the semi (cicada) and felt the breeze. but then the hot sun came and i got too hot. so, i came in, and ate a very delicious lunch my host mother made. hmewgrown tomatoes and tuna and mayo and cheese toasted on bread. i also drank some medicine, some grapefruit juice.
“i have many miles to go, and many more before i sleep” (robert frost paraphrase).
in conclusion, i have learned 2 ways to get rid of nervousness (in addition to tyler durden’s “just let go” philosophy). 1, write, with your finger, the kanji for person on your palm and swallow it in one gulp. 2, think of a difficult riddle, and contemplate the answer. the one i learned yesterday is “what goes up, but does not come down?” i say, “human” because if our soul is light, we can get to heaven. and that is why i am complexed about my kenka. i am at peace, i hope, but i wonder who is not well? i hope the ones, both near ones and dear ones (and everyone else who do not read this) are filled with peace, love, and happiness.


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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