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"Tone Has A Living Soul"

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Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was a world renowned music educator and some of experts say, “If it weren’t for Dr. Suzuki we wouldn’t have today’s famous orchestras.” He introduced a loving unique technique translated in his book NURTURED BY LOVE. He had three particular quotes that portrayed his philosophy - “Every Child Can Be Educated, Man Is a Child of His Environment, Tone Has a Living Soul.”

There is no way to explain these educational principles easily, but I believe that our two daughter’s, Lynette & Kelly, my husband and I hugely benefitted from our association with Dr. Suzuki and the girls gained some musical skills early in our lives. On one of his trips to the USA, I was young and naive enough to invite him to our home for lunch because I thought he was missing Japanese food. Many of our family’s successful outcomes can be attributed to learning the Suzuki Method with the good Japanese heritage values.

Over fifty years ago in 1967, three-year-old Lynette and I often walked around our Seattle Capitol Hill neighborhood. Music was flowing out an open door and we stopped to listen. It was the “Little White House”, across the street from Holy Names Academy at Aloha & 22nd street. Sister Annella was the head teacher and when she saw little Lynette and realized I was of Japanese heritage she explained, “I have a teacher coming from Japan next month. She was one of the famous Dr. Suzuki’s first violin students in Matsumoto, Japan, and is now one of his teachers. I’ve arranged for her to come to Seattle and develop our music program.”

Mihoko Yamaguchi arrived in May of 1967 and Sister Annella called me to ask if I might be interested in meeting her and maybe do some translation. Very few of us third-generation Japanese Americans keep the language, but open to new experiences, I responded, “I am pleased to come and meet her, but my Japanese is extremely limited.”

As I joined the conversations, I understood more than I thought; especially, if I relaxed. The Japanese I heard living with my Grandfather as a small child came to the surface. In the next few weeks of translating, I gained an in-depth Suzuki Method seminar. Aside from the mechanics of playing a stringed instrument, the methods of achieving a music education and understanding Dr. Suzuki’s quote: “Tone has a living soul,” was the most intriguing.

“Tone is the quality of a good sound”. Miss Yamaguchi explained, adding, “Dr. Suzuki developed his method with a goal for students to hear and internalize recordings of classic masters and emulate their sound. As students add their own humanness and personality to reproducing the sounds of the masters, it must come from their own heart. In this process of producing “ beautiful tone”, they develop better character and become better human beings.”

The special Suzuki technique, was to learn the ability to add a “relaxed weight” to the violin bow in producing the sound. One day, Miss Yamaguchi suggested to the half dozen teachers at this one session, “I want you to take turns in picking each other up from behind.” It was not difficult to lift my partner’s feet off the floor.

Then she added, “Think about relaxing, dropping your center of gravity and your whole body to the basement.” We practiced becoming “dead weight”, and found it became difficult to lift each other. “This relaxed weight brings out a richer tone,” Miss Yamaguchi continued to explain.

There is another aspect of tone. It is known that famous orchestras tune to the “A” that is 440 megahertz. To get a brighter sound, a Tokyo orchestra is trying for 444. A good conductor can tell the difference between 440 and 441. Learning this helped me get excited about the depth of musical skill education and talents to be developed.

What does it mean when musicians/philosophers declare Mozart’s music speaks to the Gods? With practice we learn to relax, bring out our best and practice until the skills become second nature. Malcolm Gladwell in his book OUTLIERS suggests “greatness” takes 10,000 hours of preparation. Dr. Suzuki used the environment of his Japanese heritage – connecting with nature, connecting with the Gods, mastery of arts like writing, tea ceremony, bonsai, calligraphy, martial arts and others - where the artist practices repetitions until one no longer has to think about the motions and is free to touch the beauty in our universe.

TONE HAS A LIVING SOUL not only refers to sound, but with good repetition, commitment, personal growth and good teachers; we can be in tune with and vibrate in harmony with other successful people for a fulfilling life. Music is one way to learn to be in “Harmony With Nature”.

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"Tone Has A Living Soul"

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A Relaxed Technique of Musica... A Relaxed Technique of Musical Excellence Bringing Out Our Best
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was a world renowned music educator and some of experts say, “If it weren’t for Dr. Suzuki we wouldn’t have today’s famous orchestras.” He introduced a loving unique technique translated in his book NURTURED BY LOVE. He had three particular quotes that portrayed his philosophy - “Every Child Can Be Educated, Man Is a Child of His Environment, Tone Has a Living Soul.” A gift from Dr. Suzuki of his hand calligraphic piece hangs in our living room today.

There is no way to explain these educational principles easily, but I believe that our two daughter’s, Lynette & Kelly, my husband and I hugely benefitted from our association with Dr. Suzuki and the girls gained some musical skills early in our lives. On one of his trips to the USA, I was young and naive enough to invite him to our home for lunch because I thought he was missing Japanese food. Many of our family’s successful outcomes can be attributed to learning the Suzuki Method with the good Japanese heritage values.

Over fifty years ago in 1967, three-year-old Lynette and I often walked around our Seattle Capitol Hill neighborhood. Music was flowing out an open door - variations of Mozart's 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'. We stopped to listen. It was the “Little White House”, across the street from Holy Names Academy at Aloha & 22nd street. Sister Annella was the head teacher and when she saw little Lynette and realized I was of Japanese heritage she explained, “I have a teacher coming from Japan next month. She was one of the famous Dr. Suzuki’s first violin students in Matsumoto, Japan, and is now one of his teachers. I’ve arranged for her to come to Seattle and develop our music program.”

Mihoko Yamaguchi arrived in May of 1967 and Sister Annella called me to ask if I might be interested in meeting her and maybe do some translation. Very few of us third-generation Japanese Americans keep the language, but open to new experiences, I responded, “I am pleased to come and meet her, but my Japanese is extremely limited.”

As I joined the conversations, I understood more than I thought; especially, if I relaxed. The Japanese I heard living with my Grandfather as a small child came to the surface. In the next few weeks of translating, I gained an in-depth Suzuki Method seminar. Aside from the mechanics of playing a stringed instrument, the methods of achieving a music education and understanding Dr. Suzuki’s quote: “Tone has a living soul,” was the most intriguing.

“Tone is the quality of a good sound”. Miss Yamaguchi explained, adding, “Dr. Suzuki developed his method with a goal for students to hear and internalize recordings of classic masters and emulate their sound. As students add their own humanness and personality to reproducing the sounds of the masters, it must come from their own heart. In this process of producing “ beautiful tone”, they develop better character and become better human beings.”

The special Suzuki technique, was to learn the ability to add a “relaxed weight” to the violin bow in producing the sound. One day, Miss Yamaguchi suggested to the half dozen teachers at this one session, “I want you to take turns in picking each other up from behind.” It was not difficult to lift my partner’s feet off the floor.

Then she added, “Think about relaxing, dropping your center of gravity and your whole body to the basement.” We practiced becoming “dead weight”, and found it became difficult to lift each other. “This relaxed weight brings out a richer tone,” Miss Yamaguchi continued to explain.

There is another aspect of tone. It is known that famous orchestras tune to the “A” that is 440 megahertz. To get a brighter sound, a Tokyo orchestra is trying for 444. A good conductor can tell the difference between 440 and 441. Learning this helped me get excited about the depth of musical skill education and talents to be developed.

What does it mean when musicians/philosophers declare Mozart’s music speaks to the Gods? With practice we learn to relax, bring out our best and practice until the skills become second nature. Malcolm Gladwell in his book OUTLIERS suggests “greatness” takes 10,000 hours of preparation. Dr. Suzuki used the environment of his Japanese heritage – connecting with nature, connecting with the Gods, mastery of arts like writing, tea ceremony, bonsai, calligraphy, martial arts and others - where the artist practices repetitions until one no longer has to think about the motions and is free to touch the beauty in our universe.

TONE HAS A LIVING SOUL not only refers to sound, but with good repetition, commitment, personal growth and good teachers; we can be in tune with and vibrate in harmony with other successful people for a fulfilling life. Music is one way to learn to be in “Harmony With Nature”.

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LIFE'S NOT PERFECT

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One of Sam's sayings, drawn ... One of Sam's sayings, drawn by granddaughter Kirin
The reality of life is that Sam left us over three months ago. I choose to be sad because I miss him a whole lot, but the excitement is building to share what Sam and I created.

Sam left us with thoughts, drawings and descendants. So pleased to see our grandchildren participate in his legacy. As I write this post, I'm listening to the music our grandson, Joey, used to highlight the video for Sam's memorial - his favorites - John Denver, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Kyu Sakamoto, Dolly Parton.

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TANGLED

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Oh what a tangled web I wov... Oh what a tangled web I wove
When on-line Quicken Service I chose.
“I have time this afternoon, Friday, so I better try phoning Quicken Support once more before the weekend.”

It’s now the end of February 2018 and getting close to tax time. Two months ago my office had all been boxed up so it could be my husband’s hospice room. I’ve put most everything back since Sam passed on New Year’s Eve 2017.

“At least this give me something to do so I don’t keep drifting into depressive thoughts.”

This computer issue, with Quicken computer program for my bookkeeping, has had a two year history created for our accountant if I want his service. I spent an hour or two on October 20th with Julie but since November I’ve been getting “error” when trying to update my Bank of America on-line account with Quicken.

“It’s going to be a long wait on hold with customer service, I’ll gather and work on the knitting project I promised our daughter for Christmas.”

Dialing the Quicken number, I’m told, “Go to quicken.com. for support.” I sign in to quicken.com chat support – changing my password one more time - and wait for an hour.

“I will try this other phone number I see listed.”

So now I’m watching my computer screen and also listening to the operator repeat over and over, “We are experiencing high call volume and you may have more success going to on-line chat at quicken.com." It’s been an hour of knitting and texting here in my living room while I watch the snow melt outside.

“I better plug in my computer. Well, I might as well plug in my iPhone and it wouldn’t hurt to give my Fitbit some juice as well.”

“It’s getting boring so I think I’ll play some CD music on the Bose.”

I start to get up and I can’t move without trying to figure out which leg to move in which direction as the cords and yarn are all entangled. I start to laugh, but there is no one around. I’m all by myself. So I laugh some more alone.

“Wow! How neat it is to laugh.”

After two hours of waiting, Adam finally announces himself on my iPhone. We share the computer screen and he knows exactly how to fix my problem. He is incredibly patient as I eventually follow his directions and take another 20 minutes to solve the problems.

“Phew!”

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LOMBARDI TIME

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Lombardi Stadium with clock -... Lombardi Stadium with clock - On time is 15 minutes late.
Basically, it worked like this: Lombardi expected his players and coaches to be 15 minutes early to meetings and practices. Not on time -- 15 minutes early. If they weren't, he considered them "late." Thus, it came to be called Lombardi time.

Being on time is being considerate of everyone. Being considerate is a value sometimes taken to a science in the Japanese culture so I've figured out a way to honor this value of consideration by being on time.

I have a friend who is always late and often up to an hour late. At first I used to try being late myself. That didn't make me feel good. So I decided to plan and list a bunch of things I could do while waiting - this also applies to appointments like renewing my driver's license or waiting at the doctor's office, etcetera.

I can carry some knitting projects, have a book in my purse, do some journaling, write a draft of a letter, answer text messages, answer emails, make a grocery list, plan my next vacation.

Therefore, I love being comfortable by adding 15 minutes to my travel time and using Lombardi time as my guide for appointments, meetings, any event. Yesterday, I had to use the time to turn around and go back home because I forgot my cell phone. I also had to get gas. Lucky, I had the extra time.

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Brock & Salk Type Review of CELEBRATIONS and Easter Weekend 2018

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Ask Healthy Cell to clarify wa... Ask Healthy Cell to clarify ways to get "energy" for CELEBRATIONS and GoTo-Health to do the important things we want in life!!!
Listening to Brock & Salk review the last weekend of sports on 710 radio and I’m inspired to create my own list of 10 weekend observations and highlights of the events:

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, “J”, celebrated their 15th anniversary since 2003 of providing a gathering place, preserving & featuring the history of the Japanese Experience in the Pacific Northwest and promoting stronger relationships between the US & Japan. It was a wonderful event at the new Hyatt in Renton.

I like creating energy so our future generations will benefit from strong Japanese cultural values with the following examples:
1. Two Japanese Language School (a J premier program) US, english speaking students not only told us how much they valued their 6 years at the school, but repeated their talk in Japanese!
2. Ambassador Fujisaki was honored as one of the Tomodachi Award recipients and entertained us with his comedic talk. A surprise from a Japanese diplomat. With a straight face, he claimed he was only asked speak as a symbol of affirmative action. He was the male token gesture of equality, because of Phyllis.
3. Phyllis Campbell was featured as the other Tomodachi Award as a representative of breaking the glass ceiling of activity as a women of color. She also brings her own Japanese heritage story to Japan as an example.
4. Lori Matsukawa, TV’s KING5 anchor, led the raising of the paddle to our most successful fundraising event!!!

Family Easter Breakfast with Beryl and Andy Goto:
5. Celebrating the legacy of the meaning of Easter and the example of rising to new beginnings.
6. Having a family discussion on “choosing a job promotion” based on more money vs time with family and personal fulfillment enterprises. Eight votes were being considered for a decision this week.
7. The hosts drove the 2 1/2 hours from Quincy to Seattle and choose to put their energy into keeping/making family traditions which sets an incredible tradition for future Goto descendants.

Family/friend Easter Celebration at the Andrew Baklinski home:
8. A 20 person army with Joe/Laura and their 8 children joining the Baklinski 8, all pitching in for fellowship and food that included Niki’s parents, grandparents, cousin Bea and two of her children as well as the neighbors and other’s in their personal and professional life.
9. The ease with which all the children were being part of the conversations and one of them entertaining us impromptu on the piano was a creation of a magical life experience for all to remember.

10. The importance of traditions, holidays, memorials, public gatherings CREATED BY GOOD HEALTHY ENERGY AND CLARITY OF THOUGHT!!!

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"Live your belief and turn the world around" -sg

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Box filled with post-its with S... Box filled with post-its with Sam's quotes

As we were preparing for Sam's celebration of life memorial, we found this box. Sam must have collected them over the years. Some of them are quotes that Sam wanted to remember, but most of them are his own quotes.

The "IDEAS" box got filled as Sam worked at his Medical-Dental building lab and the puppets in the back were also created as he worked with denture material.

I typed up the quotes and put them in fortune cookies as suggested by Kelly. It's kind of fun to open one every day and be inspired.

"The bottom line of a good marriage is commitment." -sg

"Hate is not the opposite of love, indifference is." -sg

"Life never stays the same." -sg

"DOING WHAT'S RIGHT is hard to do,
When no one knows but dog (God) and you" -sg

"What you did is more important than what you are going to do." -sg


"Good examples are great, but poor examples are also necessary." -sg

"Salesmanship is not selling your product, but selling yourself."

"TIME IS ALIVE, TIME IS OUR FRIEND. TIME WILL BE WITH US TILL THE VERY END." -sg

"Little lies lose a lot of credibility." -sg

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"BOCHI BOCHI" - TAKING MY TIME STEADILY

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WOW!! SO MANY HELPING HA... WOW!! SO MANY HELPING HANDS
Bochi Bochi is a Japanese phrase I often heard as I was growing up with my Japanese Immigrant grandparents. The phrase means steadily and persistently getting things done.

I'm choosing to send out my appreciation "bochi bochi" for all the comforting words and helping hands as we remember my husband, Sam, since he passed on New Year's Eve 2017, a little over three months ago.

I also trust that "bochi bochi", everyone's words and connections will persist and keep me company.

The words also have the implication of "by and by" - not over reacting and taking life a little at a time.

I wonder what Sam would have done with this phrase?

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LET'S PUBLISH A BOOK OF SAM'S CARTOONS!

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Sam, drawing his last contribut... Sam, drawing his last contribution!
An e-mail from New York reader of the weekly comics, drawn by Sam Goto for the last five years and published in the North American Post, requested the publication of a book of the cartoons. Following are the reader's comments:

To the Editor:
I do not know how many subscribers you have from New York to the NORTH AMERICA POST but I always look forward to receiving a copy. However, I was a bit disappointed when it was cut down to just two issues a month. Regardless, please continue with the interesting reportage and your excellent staff and writers.
And by the way many years ago I was at a JACL convention in Seattle. What a wonderful city you have. And also as forewarned it did not rain when we were there.

I just now received the NAP (1/19/18) and was saddened to read David Yamaguchi's SANSEI JOURNAL "The Cartoonist Below Me" of the passing of Sam Goto. My deepest condolences to Dee Goto.

Mr. Yamaguchi had the privilege as he described it of being the first person to review the lay out of "Seattle Tomodachi." In my case it is always the first page I turn to where the cartoon is located and also of fondness.

I do not know if there are any plans but I would like to propose that the NAP publish a book that features the entire "Seattle Tomodachi" cartoon from the very beginning to the end. I am sure it will be a best seller. And I will indeed get a copy of his book "My Fifty Years in the Medical-Dental Building.”

Mr. Goto's character features a youth somewhat ethnically oriented with Nikkei philosophy, life style, education, adventure, and a inu companionship that at times think like a human being and other amusing characters all put together in a enjoyable comic format.

Thanks Sam for the many years for your great cartoons I enjoyed and by many of your fans. Unfortunately I never got to meet you. No doubt you must have been a great guy to have as a friend. May you rest in peace.

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IMAGES THAT MAKE ME SMILE

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"Success is when you look ba... "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
This was during the short time Sam was at home with Hospice care.

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