The Other Half of Training(2)…

…so thinking about that thing in Japanese tradition where the real discussion  – and in-depth transmission – happens in the coffee bar, the café, after keiko…well…dojos you know, really,  in Japan, are families. A dojo is a  much,  much more intense familial connection than in America   Because people that choose to learn a ryu, to learn to embody a thousand years’ worth of knowledge… well, that’s a pretty close-knit group.

And so, just as in a family, most of the real learning and relationship-building occurs over food. You eat together. And, then, for instance…if  we were there with my sword teacher, he would have been writing on a paper napkin some kanji about what we had been learning in class…

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