One thing I have learned from the Kei’un-kai Memorial performance 2014

On Sunday 17 August I took part in the 2014 Kei'un-kai, INI Memorial Taikai performance, a collective recital in which a great number of Udaka Michishige's students performed dance and chant excepts, as well as full Noh plays. This year's highlights were the Noh Atsumori and Funa-benkei. As for me, I danced the maibayashi from the …

To teach, to learn

As preparations for our Sunday 17th recital are becoming more and more intense, Udaka-sensei has asked me to work as ‘sparring partner’ with some of his more mature students, as well as coach younger students. This is a conventional practice in traditional Japanese arts, where people who can help take responsibility for training those in need. …

Adrenaline

I was listening to this radio show about extreme sports... Among the various neurotransmitters rushing whenever we are exposed to danger is adrenaline. Adrenalin rush affects our body in various ways - among these, it helps fixation of memories. Experiencing danger triggers adrenalin release, making such experience extraordinary and unforgettable. This seems to have a pedagogic …