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title of summer

there are many ways to define summer.  i shall do it as simply as i can.  instead of playing taiko again this summer in yokkaichi, japan and hearing the sonorous “kani” and “semi” i hear the “rrrrrrrrrrr” and the “bang.”  in other words, I am cutting and hitting wood.  sure this is music, too, but of a different kind.

back when i lived in japan i became spoiled.  i took things for granted.  like simple things i enjoyed i knew all the ways to get it.  cars (had 2 suzukis), good quality cheap clothes (uniqlo, miki glasses and machouse?, and my fav sushi and green tea ice cream (kappa or genki sushi/mini stop).

now i am back in the us of a (happy 4th tomorrow) and am working for a second summer for a local cabinet maker.  i enjoy learning something new.  however there is a HUGE difference between numbers and words.  i know, i know i can spell out numbers, but it is not the same.  like knowing quickly:






those are the easy ones, now:













how about:





then there is all these in between, and because i stopped this blog writing to write a text, and have returned, my mind is fuzzy.  that, and instead of waking in the land of the rising sun, my body woke up at 7am on a day i could have slept later.  so, my theory of my rem being at the wee hours is fast becoming law:/

in conclusion, the voice of god is indeed in a tree, and i hope for god’s sake (that is not “sa-ke”), i am not hurting the communication between man and god with all the electric saws i am using.  i hope the next time i get a chance to live in japan i will be lucky enough to watch a taiko being made.

so, as a post script…time to see if there is an app akin to a measuring tape and its breakdown of numbers and also to divide up a piece of wood into smaller straight line cuts.


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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