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2007 June 22 Friday.

A nice and sunny day that started off at 9:00 with a class of 20, second year students at the Dokan Nursing School.   

After 90 minutes of fun and games, I took a taxi into downtown Asahikawa just to see what there was to see.   

I looked around at the book stores, music stores, jewelry stores, just about everywhere.   

I bought a book for my wife, that makes it really easy to learn the basics of the Korean writing system.   

The book is also useful for me as well. 

I also found a purple colored plastic flute at the 100 yen shop along with a tri-lingual dictionary in English Japanese Korean. 

Each for less than one dollar.   

Can't complain about that. 

After enjoying the civilized environment of the city center for about 2 hours, I walked slowly back to my classroom, taking the long way around along the river banks. 

Of course, I had to try out my new purple flute.   

Works fine.   Just like all of the other ones.   CLONES.   

I finally arrived back at my classroom at about 14:00, feeling great.   

I want to take another walk, just like that one, again soon. 

After having classes from 15:00 until 20:00, I was back on my feet again and hoofing it over to the other side of the Chubetsu River.   

Along the way, I stopped by at RABBIT らびっと to get one liter of freshly made, non-pasteurized 100% rice malt wine 純米生酒 with the label 男山笹おり.   

It is made right here in Asahikawa.   

The marketing director lives just a few blocks away from my place.   

I know him well.   Good people, good products.   No bullshit. 

I left the store with my pure brew and headed for the river bank only about 555 meters away.   

I crossed over the old Kagura Bridge which is now an illuminated walking and cycling path, and got on over to the city center side of the Chubetsu River and walked downstream until I got to the base of the new bridge, which is still under construction.   

From this location, I had a marvelous view of Venus in the West, Jupiter in the East and the half moon in between.    

As I played the first sounds on my golden flute, a pair of great blue herons アオサギ,  startled by my sudden music, jumped up right in front of me and flew twice above my head before taking off downstream with a loud squawk.   

It literally scared the shit out of me and I was lucky to have had enough pocket tissue to finish the job. 

The good news is I got to hear the cry of a great blue heron for the very first time up close.   

Not such a pretty sound.   

I stayed at this location for about 2 hours, sipping wine and playing different riffs on my one dollar gold colored plastic flute.   

The sound of the river rushing by,  played along on rhythm.   

The Summer Solstice.   

It only happens once a year so I don't want to miss its window of opportunity.   

And, I didn't.   In closing today I would like to copy and paste a small section from the chapter of a book;    A Separate Reality.   

I know Charles Hamel has already read this book, but this particular passage from it is indeed a timely message that must be broadcast again.   

Here it is;   One has to reduce to a minimum all that is unnecessary in one's life.  Once you decide something put all your petty fears away. Your decision should vanquish them.

I will tell you time and time again, the most effective way to live is as a warrior.

Worry and think before you make any decision, but once you make it, be on your way free from worries or thoughts; there will be a million other decisions still awaiting you.

That's the warrior's way. 

A warrior thinks of his death when things become unclear. 

The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit. 

To be a warrior you have to be crystal clear.      

SNOW CRYSTAL CLEAR

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