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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General summer haircut Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #72 New 07-08-2011 04:22 AM
summer haircut
Let them get what they want by Aurelio Asiain used under creative commons licence

as hatracks into peachtrees grow
or hopes dance best on bald men's hair
and every finger is a toe
and any courage is a fear

e.e. cummings, as freedom is a breakfastfood

And indeed there will be time
To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I dare?"
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair -
(They will say: "How his hair is growing thin!")

T S Eliot, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

Barber walked in, started saying grace, Oh Lord, for these haircuts
we are about to receive, may we be truly thankful. Dominus possum
pax probiscus, post mortem, et tu brute, puella carborundum. He was
sorta half-Baptist, half-Catholic - kind of a Cathtist. He started cuttin'
my hair and preachin' at the same time. I mean he's a wild man, scissors
and razors a'flyin' around my head, he's talkin' about the liquor and wild
women and music and sex and the evils of dancing and the music business
in general. Then he looked down at me and he said, What do you do for a
living? Now, I'm not ashamed of what I do for a livin'. Workin' bars and casinos,
around liquor and wild women, I just play my piano, sing my little songs.
I looked him right in the eye and I said, I run this church for loggers.

Ray Stevens, The Haircut Song

It's time for summer haircuts. Young boys get a bozu haircut with electric hair clippers called barikan. It's almost like a bozu Buddhist priest except that zen priests shave their heads completely. Recently a Buddhist priest told me about his austere training. I was surprised to hear that seniors bullying juniors was common even at a famous zen centre. Bozu 坊主, ぼうず, can be used as slang for a young boy.

This bozu haircut is common for older boys in school sports clubs, especially baseball. I've even heard of students giving up baseball and joining the soccer club just so they could have longer hair. For adults a crewcut is called a sports cut. The superstar actor Ken Takakura has a sports cut. He starred in many yakuza movies and in Hollywood movies like Sydney Pollack's The Yakuza with Robert Mitchum, Black Rain with Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia and Yusaku Matsuda, and Mr Baseball with Tom Selleck. And legendary baseball players like Shigeo Nagashima and Sadaharu Oh had sports cuts. By the way Sadaharu Oh's flamingo one-legged batting stance came about directly as a result of aikido. Oh's autobiography Sadaharu Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball is very interesting. Even now a sports cut has a cool, masculine image. Many serious budoka have sports cuts.

I don't mind short hair or long hair but I don't much like going to get my hair cut. In Behind the Glass I talked about a long-running misunderstanding about my name when I got my hair cut. Anyway sometimes I let my hair grow a little too long. I used to be the regular uke for Arikawa Sensei at the Aikikai hombu dojo in Tokyo. One day he decided to do something about my weak point. When I attacked him he took me down to the tatami fast and powerfully. Then he stood on my hair tight against my head so that I was immobilized. I got the point. I got my summer haircut immediately.

e.e. cummings, as freedom is a breakfastfood...
poems by e e cummings

T S Eliot, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
poems by T S Eliot

Ray Stevens, The Haircut Song

George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Get a Haircut

The Who, Cut My Hair

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RSS Feed 9 Responses to "summer haircut"
#9 07-13-2011 08:52 PM
Diana Frese Says:
Thanks, Niall! Great action pic of Kanai Sensei, and great pic of Yamada Sensei before he came to NY. His first book had that haircut, if I remember correctly. Somebody wrote that Arikawa Sensei's nickname was "Harry" because it rhymed or because of his hair. It was the "gaijin deshi" who gave him that name, I read somewhere, and they liked him, so it wasn't to be disrespectful.
#8 07-10-2011 08:37 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Diana. To my great regret I never had a chance to train with Kanai Sensei. I found a photo of him with his hair flying: http://www.flickr.com/photos/infoaikido/4134169640/. And this is a nice portrait of Yamada Sensei with a sports cut. In fact this one might be called a kakugari - a square cut! http://www.flickr.com/photos/senshin/4107463693/
#7 07-09-2011 09:34 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Oops, sorry, I left out the description: shorter in the back, longer in the front. Yes I do remember getting stepped on when I had longer hair, also getting it caught in nage's elbow during shiho nage... ouch!
#6 07-09-2011 09:29 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Yamada Sensei, aside from inviting Kanai Sensei to teach seminars, always encouraged us to visit the Boston dojo to learn from him. About the hair, Kanai Sensei first threw his hair back, then threw the uke, it seemed to me.
#5 07-09-2011 09:25 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Hi Niall, just discovered your new topic.... what comes to mind is some of us imitated Kanai Sensei's haircut in the late 70's. I visited friends in Boston several times in 1980 and copied some of the dojo ladies, though my friend from Swampscott was no longer practicing and my former student from Stamford had too many other activities going on at the time.
#4 07-08-2011 08:31 PM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina, I always appreciate your comments. Niall
#3 07-08-2011 08:30 PM
niall Says:
Thanks Billy. Nice to hear from you. Say hi to Susan. Niall
#2 07-08-2011 03:29 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall, I admire your talent to transform an everyday thing in a great post. I also receive a call of attention for a haircut, but it is not intended, I know that I have to go to the haircutter when I am uke and tori steps on my hair with his knee by making me a control for example in ikkyo
#1 07-08-2011 10:36 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; It's been awhile, still very busy with not much time to view Aikiweb, but I like your blog. These days Susan is in the PC all the time for study. I have lots of photos and videos of you with long hair and also of you when you had a beard. With long hair you looked a little bit like Arikawa Sensei. Best as always, Billy

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