So I asked my kyudo sensei what I’m supposed to do in the draw just before I shoot, and he answered 忍ぶ (shinobu). If you notice one thing about kyudo, it’s that you hold the draw position (会, kai) for a pretty long time, about 8 seconds. For a lot of beginners, or maybe even… Continue reading Shinobu 忍ぶ: Patience
I’m back! What a trip. Beloved family. Friends as close as family. Showing my origins to the girl of my life. Exploring the lakes and forests and mountains and towns of my youth. Shooting bows and arrows and drinking beer around a campfire with fellow dojo rats. (Maybe a picture or two will show up soon).… Continue reading Back to Japan
Going back home to the great U.S.A. tomorrow! For two weeks. So instead of posting on the blog, teaching English, going to the dojos … I’ll be with family and friends, drinking high quality beer, and hanging out at the lakes. As for a few notes: We learn much more when we lose, drowned in… Continue reading Goin Home!
Deep inside I run, deep to where it’s quiet. Dark green growth. Now it’s so hot we drip with the trees. I say alone, but we’re together. All who want to be here are. This sacred group, cloaked in their own desires. Adventure. Cultivation. Suffering. Sacrifice. Happiness. Each stands, with roots of the other twisting… Continue reading In the Deep Dark Green there is Lightning