Archive for December 2015


By Jenifer Tull-Gauger I have been told that there are no janitors in Japan.  Each family or person cleans up the sidewalk or common area in front of their house.  A teacher in Japan verified for me that at the end of the day, all of the students and teachers spend time cleaning up the…

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By Jenifer Tull-Gauger In Japanese, Dojo Kun #2 is more literally translated as, “It is important to stay on a path of truth.”  In translating the kanji, that word “stay” is a tricky part.  Instead, at our dojo we say “Keep an honest and sincere way.” The kanji mamo is translated as “obey” or “protect.” …

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By Jenifer Tull-Gauger Dojo Kun #1 is more literally translated from Japanese as “It is important to use perseverance in the completion of human standards.” The Dojo Kun goes on to talk about the virtues of honesty, perseverance, respect and restraint. Some say those are the human standards or moral character traits referred to in…

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