Okinawa Times Article ~ Nakasone Sensei (my 1st ryubu teacher)
Well, I am not sure if I should be happy or disappointed. I just saw the article in the Okinawa Times. If my translation from Google is correct, it states that I commented how Nakasone Sensei was “strict”. This is not true.
Unfortunately, I do not speak or read Japanese, but rather studying on my own when I find time.
Please know, please hear my voice now. I have fond memories of my first dance instructor, Sensei Nakasone. I believe her caring, kind, and tender words and gentle manner is what helped further my interest in Okinawan dance. She was not strict, not ever with me.
I was asked to make a statement as someone I know was writing a short article. In response to her article request, here’s what I sent her via email.
“It was truly a very pleasurable experience for me to meet my first ryubu instructor as she made a positive impression with me. One of my first dances that I learned was called Asadoya Yunta which was also one of my most enjoyable dances and made such a positive impression. I still remember it after all these years! It was also very delightful to meet an acquaintance of my mother, Mr. Sandaa. Especially as I haven’t seen my mother in nearly 10 years! I am again delighted to have been a part of welcoming her, Sandaa, and the group to the DC area. At times like this, it truly seems like a small world after all.”
Here’s the article. http://article.okinawatimes.co.jp/article/2012-11-19_41719
Please know that I was very happy to see Sensei Nakasone after all these years.
With blessings to my first dance sensei and her family as well as a Happy Thanksgiving wish to everyone,