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On the improve - more martial arts musings

I think I've found a place which will give us what we need for the nittaidai visit; quite good sushi at a very reasonable price for ~14 people. Fear my food-finding-fu. The only problem being that I've just founf out that one of our students doesn't eat sushi. Sigh.

I am in the process of getting a hold of photos from a variety of sources from the demo yesterday. I love looking at photos from our demos, as a kind of permanent reminder that I actually *did* something worthwhile, but I loathe looking at photos of myself from these events because I can see what shocking form I have (and I look much plumper, to put it nicely, than I did in the past).

I think I'll read through "Hagakure" by Yamamoto Tsunetomo again soon (also known as 'The Book of the Samurai'). It really is one of my favourite books, I think, and it always helps me focus. In that 'far away mountain' sense, where you're not so much focused as in a very 'no mind' state. Hard to explain. It is also filled with advice and guidelines for living as not just a good retainer, but a good person as well:

"When someone is giving you his opinion, you should recieve it with deep gratitude even though it is worthless."


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Feb. 21st, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
I think it is a little sad that the first hit on Google for "hagakure ebook" takes you to what seems to be a American gun nut (not sure that is the right term, maybe gun lobby?) website.

Though I did notice that it is free for download for later model Texas Instruments graphics calculators (TI-89 and 92 I think). How cool would it have been to read that during a boring maths class?
Feb. 21st, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh! How awful. But if you get the chance you should read/listen to it - it really is very good.
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