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Old 09-15-2002, 08:11 PM   #6
Peter Goldsbury
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Dojo: Hiroshima Kokusai Dojo
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Well, I instruct at a group of dojos and the reason I do so is that I am not Japanese. The group had problems with Japanese instructors and wanted someone who understood Japanese culture but who was not Japanese, i.e., did not teach and run a class like the Japanese instructors they had had.

I am not sure that language is an issue. There are quite a number of Japanese terms that have come into English: karate, judo, karaoke, for example, as well as aikido, and I think the reason for this is that there is no English version acceptable to a sufficient number of language users to establish a norm. So far. But I think it is impossible to lay down prescriptive rules for vocabulary use. Speakers use the words that they feel express what they want to say.

Yours sincerely

P A Goldsbury
Hiroshima, Japan
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