I arrived in Tokyo at the age of 20.
Within twelve hours I was on top of Mt Fuji where I slept the night.On my first morning I awoke to the wonder of the “hinomaru,”the rising sun, from the top ofthe the highest point in Japan.Thirty days later I was learningJapanese and how to read and write the language. Before my 22 birthday I had studied Japanese Koto and Shakuhachi while fallen in love with a traditional Japanese girl.
I was born in a small midwestern town in the United States in a traditional Italian-American Catholic family of 14 children. My religious and ethnocentric upbringing gave me the foundational make-up that contributed to my assimilation into Japanese culture, an old-world culture characteristical of Italian culture, albeit deeply rooted in Buddhism and Shintoism. A traditionalist at heart, my hope is that the old schools of thought from all the ancient cultures of the world be revered and remembered as a time and place in history which can enlighten us to live better lives in today’s modern world.
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