Saturday, June 18, 2011

Easing back into the Pool

Across the floor
The puzzle pieces scatter
How many lost

A falling raindrop
Provides the only focus
The world beyond

The bottle of Sake
That I am washing down
As clear as my mind

This floating life brings
Yet another wave I fear
My ship it rocks so

Well, I am trying to get back into the groove of some of my old hobbies and habits. I find that practicing Japanese, something that used to be such a huge part of my life, has become a chore and just plain difficult to do.

I am traveling back to Japan in September for two weeks. It will be my longest trip ever and maybe my most ambitious. I plan on staying in Kansai for a week, and then making a drive down to Kyushu. I want to visit Chiran and the old WWII Kamikaze air strip as well as the Satsuma Clan's stomping grounds.

Of course, I hope that this trip will revive the passion that I have for Japanese Culture and Language.

I wonder if it will look the same? Not that any of the Japan I know will have changed... But will it look the same to me? Will it grasp my imagination? Will it challenge me? Will Japan call me back again?

I wonder what awaits me... I wonder if I my soul will be ready for it?

The mind summons
The will and the drive move
The heart beats a pulse

Lookout Japan...

-This is a photo overlooking Kyoto, Japan. Taken in between fits of projectile vomiting.... Ah! The memories!!!

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  1. Love the new haiku at the beginning... I hope your trip does revitalize your passion... UDGW

  2. Does this mean you're thinking of getting down to Kagoshima City? If so, let me know the exact dates and I'll show off the Himeji Castle papercraft.

  3. Hi Tsote,

    Yep, On Sept 19 I will be leaving Osaka for New Territory. I plan on Himeji, Hiroshima, and then on to Kurume to meet Kyushu-dan (Japanese Castle Explorer). I will make my way to Kagoshima and spend time at Chiran.

    I would be happy to see the sights and get an insider's opinion on a place to stay (Cheap). Tour Guide is welcome of course! I also want to see any Satsuma Clan locations. etc.

    Then Back to Osaka and leave on the 27th? Yep the 27th.

    I'd be very interested in any suggestions on places to visit... Unlike Kansai, I have NO experience or contacts in the area!


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