“What makes Henry Kono’s experience truly special is that he was the only foreigner to be able to speak Japanese. According to Kono himself, it was this very capacity to understand both Japanese and occidental cultures that allowed him to make a unique interpretation of what O Sensei was really doing. For the last ten years, Henry Kono has been regularly visiting Ireland and it was during one of his visits to Dublin that I got the chance to sit down with him one afternoon and talk about it all. Henry usually stays very discreet but he kindly accepted to spend a few hours explaining me, one more time, what it was all about. We ended up spending over 3 hours together on a rainy morning of April drinking gallons of tea and smoking rolled cigarettes, with Henry never hesitating to get up and demonstrate his concepts, either on my good friend Daithí, who hosted our meeting, or myself. to teach “whoever wants to learn.”
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