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  1. Shots in the Dark: Japan, Zen, and the West

    "Shots in the Dark: Japan, Zen and the West", by Professor Yamada Shoji, is now available from Amazon. You can see it here:
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  2. Shots in the Dark: Japan, Zen and the West

    "Shots in the Dark: Japan, Zen and the West", by Professor Yamada Shoji, is now available from Amazon. You can see it here:
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    Interesting. Does the "gangen" mean "to go"?...

    Interesting.

    Does the "gangen" mean "to go"? If so, perhaps that is where the Scots "gang" (as in "the best laid plans o' mice and men gang aft agley") comes from.

    Great line, though,...
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    Yeah, I'd be interested to know. Also, what...

    Yeah, I'd be interested to know.

    Also, what does the Anglo-Saxon in your signature line mean? And how do you write it using a computer?
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    IIRC, the "buckler" used in Yagyu Shingan Ryu is...

    IIRC, the "buckler" used in Yagyu Shingan Ryu is a jingasa-type helmet. The guy takes it off his head and uses it for a shield by grasping it by the chin straps. Or at least it looks that way in the...
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    Interesting. Some of the stuff had a bit of a...

    Interesting. Some of the stuff had a bit of a Nagao Ryu flavor to it, especially the finish with the assailant on his back and his leg/foot locked under the victor's armpit.
  7. While Asa was not humiliated as I had hoped, at...

    While Asa was not humiliated as I had hoped, at least he lost.

    Hakuho wrestled a great match. Really good sumo.

    Let's hope Asa learns a lesson from this. Not likely, but one can always hope.
  8. The man can wrestle, no doubt about it. But he...

    The man can wrestle, no doubt about it. But he has no class.

    I like Hakuho. So far, he looks, acts, talks, and wrestles like a yokozuna should. I hope he beats Asa and brings some dignity back to...
  9. I hope Asashoryu gets his ass kicked. The man is...

    I hope Asashoryu gets his ass kicked. The man is a disgrace to sumo. He should have been drummed out.

    It's a testament to the desperation of the Sumo Kyokai and the waning of sumo's popularity...
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    Gotta agree with Ellis and Ichibyoshi here. I...

    Gotta agree with Ellis and Ichibyoshi here. I practiced kendo with the Kidotai (riot squad) for a year and a half. A bigger bunch of right-wing fascist militarists you are never going to meet.
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  11. Thread: "Kantoku"

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    Well, if it appears as "enzan o metsuke" in his...

    Well, if it appears as "enzan o metsuke" in his book, then I'm afraid Mr. Lowry or his editor must have made a mistake. "Enzan o metsuke" simply doesn't make any sense.
  12. Thread: "Kantoku"

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    I'm not sure what's going on, but you still have...

    I'm not sure what's going on, but you still have it written as 塩山 when it should be 遠山. Also, it is not 遠山を目付 but 遠山の目付。

    I speak Japanese fairly well, but I am not a linguist, so I cannot comment...
  13. Thread: "Kantoku"

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    Superintendents and Gazing at Salt Mountains

    Um, dude, not to be the language police or anything (OK, I'm being the language police), but I think you need to remember that Japanese has a plethora of homophones, words that sound exactly the same...
  14. Not sure to which books you are referring, but if...

    Not sure to which books you are referring, but if they were indeed written by the principals, then it sort of proves my point about unseemliness, doesn't it?

    But that is to be expected of...
  15. I've never heard of anyone writing his own...

    I've never heard of anyone writing his own hagiography. It would be quite unseemly, I think.

    By the phrase "Sakurai's books", I intended to convey the meaning that these books were written by a...
  16. Peter: That seems like a bad translation. I...

    Peter:

    That seems like a bad translation. I think "came to clearly understand the mind of the god who created the universe" is more accurate.

    Whether this is "G-d" in the...
  17. OK, I'll give it to you. The very first level,...

    OK, I'll give it to you.

    The very first level, the basis, is technical training, what Awa called 整形技習, or "setting form in order and training in technique". In his philosophy, the "opening of...
  18. Close, but no cigar. But you're on the right...

    Close, but no cigar. But you're on the right track. What do you need to hit the target?
  19. Joe: I've got both of Sakurai's books; if...

    Joe:

    I've got both of Sakurai's books; if anything, "Shasei" is more of a hagiography that "Oi Naru Sha no Michi no Oshie" is, if such a thing is possible.

    I've been reading "Oi Naru" trying to...
  20. Yes, it's the same organization. I will contact...

    Yes, it's the same organization. I will contact Prof. Yamada and ask about it. Perhaps I can get the original Japanese of Suzuki's essay.

    It is really quite odd that the authors wouldn't cite each...
  21. International Research Centre for Japanese Studies

    When you say the "International Research Centre for Japanese Studies" do you mean the "国際日本文化研究センター"? If so, that's where Prof. Yamada works.

    Do you know when was this essay was originally...
  22. Not. A. Chance. Alternatively, if he...

    Not.

    A.

    Chance.

    Alternatively, if he did say that, and he actually thought he was the literal Son of G-d and that partaking of his flesh and blood would save people from sin, he was a...
  23. Ummmmm.....what? Eliyahu Ha Navi would never say...

    Ummmmm.....what? Eliyahu Ha Navi would never say anything like that. You ought to know that eating blood of any kind whatsoever is totally assur (forbidden).

    No Jewish prophet would direct his...
  24. Don: Like I (should have) said: Wilson Tango...

    Don: Like I (should have) said: Wilson Tango Foxtrot?

    I knew a Catholic woman who insisted that Passover and Mass were the same, since they both involved wine and a matzah/wafer. Of course, in...
  25. Don: The "TENCHI Jesus"? Wilson Foxtrot Tango...

    Don:

    The "TENCHI Jesus"? Wilson Foxtrot Tango is that?
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