this is masa-san, one of my masters at nippon-kan. i remember when i started to work there, i thought i knew relatively something about cooking. but there, i learned, that i didn.t. there, i learned in the most simple things, beauty, harmony, wisdom. i learned to take care of the rice. i learned to feel and to listen to it. i don.t know how to explain in a few words, how much i learned this time. not only things related to the kitchen, but also things about japanese culture, japanese way to be. although i was not able to speak japanese, we had a fantastic communication.