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The Kimono

A couple of years ago we were honored to host a highly distinguished Japanese martial arts teacher in our New York dojo (school). After a long practice, students, family and their guests gathered outside the dojo prior to going to dinner. As we stood outside, our guest watched one of our new dojo students showing public affection with his girlfriend. (In Japan displays of public affection are not considered appropriate formal settings.) He said nothing. But a year later, on a follow up visit, this teacher asked me if the two had gotten married.

"No," I said, "They broke up."

"Hmm," he said.  "If you are not going to buy the kimono, then don't wear it in front of us."

- Submitted by Deborah Klens-Bigman


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