Detention

As a former teacher the word detention was unfortunately part of my regular vocabulary whilst working in schools. Something perhaps less well known, thought about or understood though, was that detention was issued often not to punish, but rather with the intention of getting to know a student who was causing some sort of trouble. Troublesome behaviour... Continue Reading →

間 – ma (space between)

I have spent a great deal of time thinking about the ways in which difference is held together in Japan, and the Japanese understanding of beauty and stillness. I have been struck by the number of people from other lands who have made Japan their home for so many years, as well as reflecting on... Continue Reading →

Shaking the Dust

Ancient custom decrees shaking shoe dust at unwelcome faces. Unspoken communication such as this seeks to acknowledge hostility which replaces delightful hospitality, where shoe shakes supersede handshakes! Such tradition comes not without trepidation, hesitation before final demonstration of submission to one’s wishes What brought me to stand at your door and desperately shake dust off... Continue Reading →

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