Earthquakes are happening here and there in Japan almost everyday for this week.
You may have heard ao many times that people around you (and on TV) say “Ki-wo-Tsukete (Take care)”.
But, for what are you going to take care? What are you going to do if something happened? Most people and media only say that word without any specific plans.
So I’d like to share my understanding of “take care”, which I learned from my sword practice.
In each Iai-do forms, we take a pose called “Zanshin” at the end, pointing the tip of the sword at the opponent lying down on the floor.
“Zanshin” has much more important meaning than the pose. My master used to say “Zanshin is not only a pose! You must have the will of giving the final thrust anytime the opponent tried to counterattack. And show that will when you point the sword at the opponent.”
This is my understanding of “take care”.
- Pay a sharp attention to the object as if pointing the tip of the sword at the opponent.
- If the thing happened, take only necessary actions immediately.
In case of the earthquake, it’s not “Ki-wo-Tsukete (Take care)” to think “when will it happen…?” or “what if that happened…?”. They are only worries and fears.
“The big earthquake happens in the future for sure. So I’ll prepare emergency equipments and foods!”
“If earthquake happened, At least I would save my own life, my family’s lives immediately!”
I believe these are the true meanings of ”Ki-wo-Tsukete (Take care)”.
For all the foreign people staying in Japan, it’s no wonder if the big earthquake hit Japan at the anytime. I hope you’ll keep the sharp sense of “Ki-wo-Tsukeru”, and get through any toughest situations.