A Small Snowman

K L

修行路は

耐えて忍んでこそ

武人なり

A path of ‘Shugyo’

Is a path of enduring and perseverance

For every Samurai

春光浴びれば

流れ去るのみ

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

 

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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.

 

 

Gaku Homma

Kancho, Nippon Kan