Slowly, in small steps things that I wanted to do once settled in Japan are coming together. Not on a business level but at least on a spirit personal growth level. Small steps, small things. Better by far small steps going forward than sliding backward or no steps at all. The latest on my falling into place check list is almost done. I just need to fine tune now. There were three, er, four , hmmm, no five things I wanted to setup in house when we got a home on Japan. 1. My personal office/studio/mancave. Done. 2. A garden, to grow some herbs and veggies. A small one is fine, means less time with maintenance. I also wanted it to be a space could develop a small zen rock type garden as well. Done.
My cool neighbor gave me two small bamboo plants for my garden and told me a location where I can get some by a local river. Very cool! Just what I wanted.
Perfect I really wanted those more than the flower plants she has been giving me. Not that I was not grateful, but I am glad I expressed what I really desired.
3. A place for a makiwara shooting area. I want to be able to shoot a few ya on a daily or almost daily base. Not so much concern about the mato shots with a makiwara dojo, but the form, the tenouchi, stance, nobei, jumongi, pushing two sides, that sort of thing. The foundation. Done! Well mostly. I have the basics in place, as said it needs tuning. The Bamboo Mantis hidden Makiwara Kyudojo.
4. Is a wooden training dummy. Think Wing Chun dummy like one see in pictures of Bruce Lee’s teacher Ip Man. However more a Shaolin/mantis version. Which means there are enlarged sections at the ends of the “arms”, like wrist or hands. I have a spot picked out for one in the yard, but it will be while before that happen$. Still again I could build something not as elegant as below that would work.
5. Workspace to do some ceramics. As it turns out there is a small room outside attached to the laundry room that will work for a small ceramic space and green house. It is very small so, a wheel is out of the question, but a small table and stool will work. I can do sculpture and coil building at least. I would love to have a wheel… Doubtful, but perhaps I could build a small custom workable one.
Well these things are more in the dream realm. However with most of the other dreams already returned like beach sand back to the sea, one needs some dream, some hope to rise with everyday and not just exist, but to lived!