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Subject:A martial art in which there is no opponent...
Time:02:46 pm
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As usual, when most it was needed I happened to have forget my camera at home...

No, I wasn't so far as in Tokyo, but just in Padua, at the workshop, "Jian. Between West and East", held in San Gaetano's Cultural Institute.
 
The word "Jian" refers to the ancient form for the Chinese graphic symbol meaning "between", and brings to mind the minute expance of light between  two wings of a door frame.
It's in this  narrow opening,  this intermediate expanse through two realities,  West and East,   that "Jian" conceives an open space in which they can come face to face and make contact.


We attended an "Aikido" performance, followed by a "Kendo"'s (that also  has an unique beauty in itself), and finally an enchanting display of "Kyodo", or "Zen in the Art of Archery" .
This video is just my humble homage to this fascinating discipline.






Kyudo, literally meaning "way of the bow", and is far from being just an archery type sport. It is considered by Japanese to be a personal search for truth and perfection--and is often referred to as Tachi-zen (standing meditation.)

The practitioner is taught correct posture, calmness of mind, humility, respect and supreme care of his or her equipment, as a means of becoming a better being. Thus, it is believed that at the highest level, Kyudo masters do not need a bow and arrow since they themselves become the embodiment of all which Kyudo represents.

In Kyudo, the primary goal is to achieve a state which Japanese call "San-Mi-Ittai" which is a state of perfect union and harmony of mind, body and the "universe at large."
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clodiametelli
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Time:2011-04-18 01:20 am (UTC)
The grace and strength of the man was impressive as well as the meditative deliberation of his movements. Also his clothing was elegant :).

San-Mi-Ittai sounds a wonderful thing to strive for but so not easy to achieve.
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end_ofthe_earth
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Time:2011-04-18 09:26 am (UTC)
I was really captivated by the quiet beauty of this art :)
rarely I've seen something so masterful and elegant at the same time.
I'd like to try it, in truth, but unfortunately the nearest school is in Vicenza, 50 kilometers off my town...a pity, really (but, maybe in the future...)

"San-Mi-Ittai sounds a wonderful thing to strive for but so not easy to achieve"
Yes, I agree. I think that it's a rather hard goal to achieve, especially for a Westerner, I deem :)

How are you? :)I'm sorry I've been neglecting you lovely posts...I hope this period will end soon, as I need to have more time for my friends :)
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clodiametelli
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Time:2011-04-18 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yes I am well thanks, enjoying the spring after the hard cold winter.

It is nice to see you on LJ again, I was thinking only last night that you had not been around.

It sounds like this is a very busy time for you with lots going on. I can quite understand that you might not have time to spend reading through LJ posts :). The novel is not far from completion now, so that will be an exciting time, when it is actually finished.
It is always good and interesting to have your thoughts when you have time. :)
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end_ofthe_earth
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Time:2011-04-19 05:56 pm (UTC)
I really hope to be able to be more present from now on :)
I've been missing my lj's friends.
But, it's difficult, when I have a lot going on in RL (especially regarding work) I tend to stop myself, stand aside and try to settle everything, otherwise I seem unable to enjoy all the other aspects in my life...a bit weird, maybe...because actually life goes on anyway, and must go on anyway :)
(I fear I might be a bit of a control freak :) my Virgo side comes out when less I expect it! )

I'm planning to read your last installment this week :)
with Easter coming up I think I can expect a more relaxed week, at last! :)


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