The Joyous Path: Interview with Koretoshi Maruyama

“You see? When he attacks, I’ll make a lizard step … pom, pom, pom!” An elderly gentleman, not very tall, looking amused, intercepts the attack of a more than sturdy youngster and leads him to the ground, as he explains his movements with a language reminiscent of comic strips or the cry of an animal. At one stage he hisses like a cat “fffgg…” and the attacker ends up spread out on the ground with only a gesture of a hand. Then he laughs and says: “Try each other!” The atmosphere created reminds one of the clear, serene humour of certain calligraphies of Sengai(1).


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