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Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006


Sore feet, martial arts and writing workshops

Sore feet

A reader in Chiba with foot problems wonders what happened to Josselyne Gourret, the only foreign chiropodist or podiatrist that was resident in Japan.

"Has she returned to France? I fear I'm out of touch."

Fear not. Josselyne has simply moved, and not so far away either. She practices at Jomon House, 4-23-11 Shimo-Meguro, phone (03) 3793-6412 or (080) 3485-6517.

"Take the 72 bus from Gotanda," Josselyne advises. "Get off at Rinshin-no-mori-iriguchi, then walk a few meters in the direction of the bus and cross the road. The practice is on the right-hand side."


H, who is teaching in Kanagawa Prefecture, wants to learn 'naginata' -- the practice of the halberd or glaive. "I saw some women practicing with sticks and it looked really cool. Where can I study? I'd like to start in New Year."

Naginata was first mentioned in the Jojiki in 712 A.D. , and subsequently used by warrior priests during Nara period.

Traditionally used by members of the samurai class in later years, it has become associated with women in modern Japan.

The practice is classified within "budo," the full range of traditional martial arts, as "naginata-jutsu."

Practitioners wear a form of the protective clothing used in kendo; this is called (somewhat unattractively) "bogu."

Let it never be said I do not try (to help). A call to Hachiman-gu shrine in Kamakura (0467-22 0315) put me through to the dojo on request.

Unfortunately, while they teach a variety of practices, naginata-jutsu is not among them.

Ditto at the Ofuna Kamakura Budokan (0467-23 1035).

However, a very helpful young woman knew of a teacher in Kamakura. So H can call Kawaoi-san on (0467) 23-1035 and take it from there.

The Work

There will a workshop Jan. 27-28 in Tokyo on the Work of Byron Katie. Details are available on a new bilingual Web site, www.theworkjapan.com

Guest speaker on Jan. 28 will be Koya Yamakawa, a Japanese spiritual teacher and well-known translator of many books, including "The Celestine Prophecy."

In addition to the weekend workshop, organizers and facilitators Nina and Ashik Lynch will be offering individual sessions and 3-hour group sessions of 4-6 people between Jan. 19 and Feb. 5.

Some of these sessions will be for Japanese speakers, that is, interpreters will be present; some will be for English speakers.

The Writer Within

Finally, if I may be allowed a few lines of my own . . . Anyone interested in putting their own words down on paper to personal creative and transformational effect can check out this new Web site: www.thewriterwithin.net

And to end, a Happy New Year to you all, and keep the inquiries coming in 2007.

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