A path of ‘Shugyo’
Is a path of enduring and perseverance
For every Samurai
When Spring sunshine shines upon it,
Only its departure is imminent and inevitable, like the water in a flowing river and evaporating mist in the air
Following the usual path, en route to a ‘keiko’ in the morning, in front of the “Magnificent Aikido Sculpture”, which I have selfishly but affectionately named, I found a small snowman standing solemnly.
I stood beside the snowman with my phone pulled out.
I shared a few silent moments with the snowman before I bid him a fond farewell, “Stay strong. Look after yourself…”
The unexpected encounter happened on February 24. It was a cold morning with mirage-like scent of spring in the air.
Kancho, Nippon Kan