An Exhausting Day at the Immigration Office & a Kyokushin Test Tomorrow!

This is going to be a very short post because I’ve had a pretty long day today. The line at the immigration office was immense. It’s a sinking feeling to pull ticket number “762″ when then count on screen is at 596 and not moving very quickly. I think I was there for nearly two hours this time. Generally the wait times at the Shinagawa Immigration Office have been pretty light, but this is the first time I’ve ever gone on a Friday afternoon. Nevertheless I just got my Visa changed to a three-year, instructor visa. I’ll tell about how to do that very soon.

But for now, I’ve really gotta get going. I have a Kyokushin belt test tomorrow!! And I have to review the “dojo-kun” or the student creed for the test:

We will train our hearts and bodies for a firm and unshaking spirit.

We will pursue the true meaning of the martial way so that in time our senses are alert.

With true vigour we will seek to cultivate a spirit of self denial.

We will observe the rules of courtesy respect our superiors and refrain from violence.

We will follow our religious principles and never forget the true virtue of humility.

We will look up towards wisdom and strength not seeking other desires.

All our lives through the discipline of karate we will seek to fulfil the true meaning of the Kyokushin way.

It feels kind of long to me, but I guess it’s because I’m a foreigner. The English translation comes from Wikipedia, I hope it’s right, but the Japanese comes from memory. I just hope I can remember it when the pressure is on.

I’ll tell you all about the test a little later..

Wish me luck!


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