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Old 07-24-2010, 08:03 AM   #3
Eric in Denver
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Re: Takemusu Aikido Translation Question

Peter A Goldsbury wrote: View Post

Dr. Goldsbury,

Thank you for the kanji. My Japanese is not so good, so I am going to apologize now as proceed to most likely make a fool of myself!

I am wondering about the second kanji, as I feel like there is a discrepancy between the two translations. Looking at the definition of 幽 using an online dictionary and word lists, I could see how it might be interpreted has hidden within a person (subconscious world) and also as hidden behind or away from the material world (John Stevens' use of hidden). There also seem to be a lot words using it that seem to refer to ghosts, depression, gloom, and hell.

Which way of looking at it would be more appropriate?
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