Today I woke up early & did something special to prepare for kendo. I took a bus to Dazaifu, about an hour away, & I climbed way up a mountain to visit the Tenmangu Shrine, sacred to the memory of Michizane Sugawara who passed away in 901 A.D., in order to ask for luck today. This shrine is specific to luck in learning & students come here before their entrance exams. My wish was for my body & mind to stay healthy to do my best in kendo today & to learn much more in the future. Now I was ready to compete. And I did! With great results against talented opponents. I was impressed with myself that I stayed cool under pressure even though I was so nervous that I was trembling like a leaf & I felt like my heart was beating so hard that it would break my ribs from the inside. I also found out that your abs can hurt from yelling, which was also exciting to discover because I didn’t know I had any abs. I’m so overwhelmingly grateful for today, for everyone I met & shared keiko with. I also am grateful to the makers of generic pedialyte, ibuprofen, medical tape, icy hot, & Japanese cold compress bandages I found at 7-11, as without you, today would not have been possible.
Still feeling lucky, I went to a restaurant that serves fugu sushi, or sushi made from blow fish/puffer fish. They have a specially trained & licensed chef because it is normally fatally poisonous to humans. Talk about a trust fall. I also ate an oyster, both of which I will probably only eat this once. What a day.
Tomorrow I’ll rest until evening kendo, where I’ll get to practice with the junior high school girls. I hope they take it easy on me, as I know I’ll be sore. I owe Michizane Sugawara & his great shrine a thank you for all the good luck today. I’m guess I didn’t mess up the order of the washing, clapping, & bowing after all. Off to sleep I go ✨🤺🐡😬⛩