Traditional Aikido of Sonoma is pleased to introduce a new feature to
our website, "Tokyo Tales", by Patricia Yarrow. Long-time dojo friend and
accomplished aikido Sandan, Patricia Yarrow lives and works in Tokyo, Japan in the
She has taken time from her busy schedule to write on her experiences in
Japan, on living and working there, on training under Saito-Sensei in Iwama, and in
general sharing with us her observations as an American viewing Japanese culture. For most
of us, travelling to Japan to train will probably remain a dream, so we are delighted to
share Patricia's experiences, however vicariously.
In Patricia's own words, here's how she generates her reports:
"The way I go at this is that I try to write about whatever has
lodged in my brain within 24 hours...after minimal processing, but enough to figure an
angle or a kink that brings the experience out into sharper relief than just belching
verbally. I don't worry about political correctness or sensibility, because the
explanation for things usually shows up last. It's amazing how many things start out with
a small hook of a perception and later fit into a larger picture."
Below are links to Patricia's columns:
Patricia welcomes your comments and questions. Send her email.
All columns in "Tokyo Tales" are copyright © 1999