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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 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 teeth Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #46 New 03-10-2011 08:30 PM
teeth When Lil's husband got demobbed, I said -
I didn't mince my words, I said to her myself,
Now Albert's coming back, make yourself a bit smart.
He'll want to know what you done with that money he gave you
To get yourself some teeth. He did, I was there.
You have them all out, Lil, and get a nice set

The Waste Land by T S Eliot (from The Game of Chess)

Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white

Mack the Knife

Sometimes you lose
Sometimes you win
Kicked in the teeth again


Are those your own teeth?
Do you like them?
Do you want to keep them?
Well brush and floss every day. And never tell me I'm wrong in front of my officers again.

Cracker - DCI Charlie Wise gives Fitz some friendly dental advice

14 March is White Day in Japan. Valentine's Day on 14 February is mostly one-way in Japan. Women and girls give men and boys presents, usually chocolates. And so on White Day the men and boys reciprocate, also usually with chocolates. In South Korea they even have a Black Day on 14 April so that people who didn't get anything on Valentine's Day or White Day can commiserate with each other.

In Japanese a gumshield is called a mouthpiece マウスピース. That's slang for a lawyer in English. Dentists recommend wearing a gumshield to protect your teeth for all dynamic contact sports. That means most martial arts including karate and judo and aikido. But gumshields are still not very common in martial arts practice in Japan.

In the Code of Aikido Training Practice at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo one of the training rules is,

Practice at all times with a feeling of joy.

But that doesn't mean it's OK to joke and fool around. Budo is a serious thing. It can be a matter of life and death. So in Japanese they say don't show your teeth in the dojo.

The Japanese word for serious is shinken 真剣. That means real blade. Practice as if you are being attacked by a real blade. And attack as if you are using a real blade. Live your life as if you are using a real blade.

I looked for Bobby Darin singing Mack the Knife for this article because of the cool shark line in the song. The lyrics were originally written in German by Bertolt Brecht and the music was composed by Kurt Weill for The Threepenny Opera. It turned out that Bobby Darin died of heart problems after getting blood poisoning from a visit to the dentist…

So look after those teeth.

e-book of The Waste Land by T S Eliot

Interesting background on The Beggar's Opera and The Threepenny Opera

wikipedia articles

If you like your music cool and classy, Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin

And for those about to rock, Kicked in the Teeth by AC/DC

photo: dentist next door to a chocolate shop in Tokyo by Niall Matthews

© niall matthews 2011
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#2 03-12-2011 03:21 AM
niall Says:
That sounds good, Carina. I take the meaning of that phrase don't show your teeth in the dojo as budo is very dangerous so treat it with respect. So there will never be thoughtless accidents. But budo shouldn't be grim and unsmiling. And you should always feel great afterwards!
#1 03-11-2011 12:20 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall! On Valentin's day in Spain people who are in love give each other presents like flowers, chocolates or even something more expensive, every husband and boyfriend should better remember or maybe they would need a gumshield About practice all times with a feeling of joy is a good thing but in our dojo we show our teeths even we train seriously, Our teacher thinks that the last 10 minutes of class should be a happy moment to go home with a good feeling.

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