This is part two of a quest to find Dousugi, giant cedar trees in the mountains near my home. You didn’t hear about part one because I never finished the blog post for it; perhaps in documenting these adventures, I cannot recount every exciting detail and thought I experience, but rather highlight some of the… Continue reading Dousugi: In Search of Giant Cedars
This is my secret to survival in Japan: shipments of food from home! Thanks to my absolutley lovely and amazing girlfriend, I received this in the mail the other day in the form of three packages. I love a lot of Japanese food, but I also can’t stand a lot of Japanese food. I approached… Continue reading How I Survive in Japan
This weekend I went camping in an amazing spot in the mountains of south-western Toyama, but at night when I was stumbling my way through the forest to my tent at night barefoot, I happened to cut both my heels open. The picture is of my right heel, which bears the worst of the two… Continue reading Lesson 10: Aikido With Injured Heels
For those that ARE always the first to leave training, this concept may be a shock to you. But for all you others that have stuck around after it seems like nothings going on, then you understand what I mean. Tonight, Sensei was a bit late, which is unfortunate because we don’t get important practice… Continue reading Lesson 9: Don’t Always Be the First to Leave
Here are just a few of my daily experiences as an American caught in cross-cultural jokes and miscommunication with Japanese. 1.) I was looking for one of my coworkers whose office is located in the library of school. Because it’s a little out of the way my presence there is a bit uncommon. But the… Continue reading Cultural Confusion
Tonight I have realized that I have three important concepts that I have been pondering lately that are now greatly contributing to growth in aikido. 1.) Just go to training! Consistent practice is most important. If you go half the time thinking its OK because you train REALLY hard the few times you go, then… Continue reading Lesson 8: Triad of Gaijin’s Aikido Approach
After reading “Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword,” and “Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai”, I have started somewhat of a love-hate relationship with the writings of Dave Lowry. Here, I hope to shine light upon those parts of “Autumn Lightning” that I find so interesting and appalling. Dave Lowry is an American… Continue reading Book Review: "Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai"