Takashi Shinano Returns to Japan With Dance Shoes

Takashi arrived February 1 and left today, April 3 at 6 a.m., one minute ago! Among a few new things he is taking dance shoes; shoes to dance Argentine Tango in.  I was able o get him to two tango classes and two milongas, one at the Valentango and one at Wed evening at the Norse ballroom.  Plus, he attended my Sunday evening dance class at the church once and learned the box step and the basics of swing.  While I wouldn’t call him a natural exactly, Takeshi did learn quickly. Now, if he wants, he can continue back home.  I doubt he will, but one never knows.  We were up at 3:30 a.m. to leave by 4 and get him checked in–A few blocks from the Holden’s, where we stayed overnight nearer the airport, he said he thought he may have left his wallet behind….but wasn’t sure.  It was too late to go back–so we didn’t as he assured me he had money in a separate place.  I agreed to mail the wallet if I find it.  His last words were: “I’ll come back.”  I think he’s like to do that–maybe study for a year or two here. But I think I spoiled him–as I covered all his expenses while he was here, including his food. And, being 19 and a growing boy, my food bill more than doubled the last two months.   He checked his guitar….more comfortable he said. Sadly he never did play it for me–always practiced in his room when I was at work.  He always chose long driving trips to ask me deep or hard questions like: what’s the meaning of life? and What does the Bible mean to you? Or, if we were the same age, what kind of relationship would we have?  He is one interesting young man……!  Safe travels, Takeshi!


About tangobunny

Pastor Bunny went on sabbatical leave to Argentina July 28-November 4, 2010, funded by a pastoral renewal grant from the Lily Foundation. It was her second visit to AR. Since then she's been back three more times and toured the country. She loves the Argentine people as much as the tango and calls Argentina her other home.
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