nakayui

This  is my new blog. For some reasons, I’ve decided to make a new blog to “accompany” my older blogs.

I choose the name “nakayui” for this blog.

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Nakayui (なかゆい) is the leather tie for the shinai, used in kendo. It became the border between monouchi, the front edge of the shinai – representing the sharp edge of the katana sword – and the rest of the blade. If the nakayui is tied too loose, the shinai becomes too weak and nothing more than a bunch of bamboo crap;if it is tied too tight, the shinai becomes too rigid and the tsuru string that ties the whole shinai will be prone to snap off in a short time. Either condition is not preferable. Nakayui must be tied not too loose, not too strong, to achieve the most efficient condition of the shinai.

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My current position is like a nakayui right now. If I put too little push to the students I face, they will become easy-going persons without real prowess for their future life. If I put too much pressure, they will break in an instant. Either condition, I do not like. The title “nakayui” reflect my position as a teacher at this moment, methinks.

I hope this first post will be a new start of my future interaction with the vast world I must face before me. To myself. I say “Godspeed”.

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