“It is necessary for us to keep the constant way. Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. If you become too busy and too excited, your mind becomes rough and ragged. This is not good. If possible, try to be always calm and joyful and keep yourself from… Continue reading Shunryu Suzuki’s Aikido
Could I call my conscious return, which was made as quickly as possible to the last place I visited in the mountains, a kind of revenge? No. Just honest obsessive curiousity. There were too many unkown side roads branching off from that seemingly dead end I found last week. What I did last time was… Continue reading In Search of Castles
This was the first sign that notified me that I had begun to tread on haunted ground. I didn’t see any ghosts or things moving against the normal laws of time and space, but this place was weird. I assume she acted as a sort of scarecrow, but it doubled as a scaregaijin. Here’s another… Continue reading Hauntings in the Mountains
This post is a little late coming as I took the trip about two weeks ago, but better than never ne? It occurred to me that morning, that though the snow melted many months ago, I have yet to go on a real gaijin adventure on my bike into the mountains in search of the… Continue reading Mountain Shrines, and Monkeys, and Villages, Oh My!
Because I’m leaving my current school in about a month, things are starting to come to an end and goodbyes are being made. This is a picture of me with my 2nd year seikan students. Can you tell which one is me? I’ll give you a hint … I’m the only one that’s not a… Continue reading Aikido’s Affect on Teaching English