Life is passion!


“Passion” is a good word. I think it a key word in life. Some people can live their lives with passion and others, unfortunately, can’t in the same World of Reality. Deities or ancestral spirits who gave birth to us would be happy to see us living with passion and positive attitude whatever difficulties or obstacles we face, for it takes a lot of efforts for spirits to give birth to us. To be born in this world calls for a succession of special miracles.

  • passion  情熱
  • deity 神
  • ancestral 先祖の
  • give birth to A Aを生む
  • attitude 考え方
  • obstacle 障害
  • effort 努力
  • call for A Aを必要とする
  • succession 連続

By the way, I remember seeing a TV program a long time ago, where Mr. Antonio Inoki, a famous Japanese professional wrestler, explained his own theory of martial arts. One of his unique theories called “the theory of a windmill” was interesting and I still remember it.

  • by the way ところで
  • explain 説明する
  • martial arts 格闘技
  • theory 理論
  • windmill 風車

According to him, professional wrestlers have a lot of things to take into consideration on the ring as well as their movements as a show. Wrestlers receive the opponent’s signature move on purpose, which the spectators don’t know. Some people might think the professional wrestling as contrived because of this, but the opponent whose signature move had no effect on the other feels very shocked at heart. Thinking “I can’t beat this opponent,” wrestlers rate and brand each other.

  • according to A Aによると
  • take A into consideration Aを考慮に入れる
  • as well as A Aだけでなく
  • opponent 対戦相手
  • signature move 必殺技
  • on purpose わざと
  • spectator 観衆
  • contirived わざとらしい
  • have effect on A Aに影響を与える
  • at heart 内心は
  • rate 格付けする
  • brand 烙印を押す

To receive the opponent’s attacks to the full, a wrestler has to be much stronger than the other. When such an opponent fights back, he must be very scared.

  • to the full 思う存分
  • scared 怖い

This is also related to the bullying problem at school or workplace. If you’re bullied and show a depressed expression, you’re lost to the stimulation of the bully. The bully, convinced what he did was effective, will grow presumptuous. If you can’t say anything about a bully in your position, why don’t you give him a big smile? The bully must be afraid of you.

  • be related to A Aに関係している
  • bullying いじめ
  • depressed 落ち込んだ
  • stimulation 刺激
  • presumptuous 増長した
  • Why don’t you~? 〜してはどうですか?
  • be afraid of A Aを怖がる

I don’t know anything about professional wrestling of recent years, but I enjoyed watching the TV program in the 40s to 50s of Showa era. I loved matches between Japanese wrestlers who belonged to different organizations and they fought each other  with their pride at stake.

  • recent years 近年
  • Showa era 昭和
  • at stake   賭けて

Especially, a match between Mr. Inoki with Mr. Ohki Kintaro was furious. I still remember the match which was broadcast when I was a school boy. Mr. Ohki was good at head-butting. Mr.Inoki dared to receive his butts many times off guard. Mr. Inoki was bleeding very much. As the sequel, he had his skull cracked. There was a long-standing feud between them as the same pupils of Rikidouzan, so they could never give up.

  • especially 特に
  • furious 壮絶な
  • broacast 放送する
  • dare to~   あえて〜する
  • off gouard ノーガードで
  • as the sequal 後日談として
  • cracked 割れた
  • long-standing 積年の
  • feud 確執
  • pupil 弟子

Mr. Inoki had his own wrestling league but he was in a lot of debt at that time. He didn’t want to kill himself but he thought that he was ready to die on the canvas. Mr.Inoki in his time would have said “Life is passion !”

  • debt 借金
  • be ready to~  〜する準備はできている
  • in one’s time 若い時の
  • would have pp   〜しただろう

It is selfish to try to depend on spirits or deities who you think will help you while ignoring your wandering ancestral spirits in suffer. True deities can never approach such selfish men. If you pray to deities for personal desires, only wicked spirits who have the same kind of characters as yours will come close to you. On the other hand, if you give only gratitude to deities, noble spirits like you will come who want to give you what you’re grateful for.

  • depend on A Aに頼る
  • ignore 無視する
  • wandering 彷徨う
  • in suffer 苦しみの中で
  • apporoach 近づく
  • similar 似ている
  • in return for A Aと引き換えに
  • pray 祈り
  • come true 実現する
  • offer 差し出す
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • grateful for A Aをありがたいと思う

We cannot do reckless things like Mr. Inoki, but we should try at least not to abandon our ancestral spirits in suffer. There is nothing more shameful than trying to seek for a way for only you to be saved when people or spirits related to you are suffering.

  • reckless 無謀な
  • at least せめて
  • abandon 見捨てる
  • shameful 恥ずかしい
  • seek for A Aを探し求める
  • related 関係した

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます


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