It was the end of April that my teacher（Steven Tan 譚敬耀 老師）called me.
He said “I find your partner.When can you come?” And I flew to Taiwan soon.
Then my practice life which goes and comes back to Taiwan and Japan began.
And I start to take lesson from my teacher.
In the lesson, everything that my teacher taught me was quite new for me.
Although I have been practicing in Japan, I found it I did nothing in Japan
actually.... I felt that everything is very difficult and I thought that it
is only me who cannot dance well among my teacher's students.
As a result, every time I stay in Taiwan for 2 weeks, I was afraid to take
lesson from my teacher and I was really disappoint at myself.
And I had another problem... The problem is to communicate with my partner.
He cannot speak Japanese and I cannot speak Mandarin.The only language we
can use is English.But both of us are not good at English as well.
While we were practicing, eating, walking on the street, I couldn't
understand what he wants to say.(I think it was the same for my partner probably.)
So, I became uneasy ,because I couldn't imagine that we can be a good friend.
I didn't know how to get along with him at that time.
For about 5 month since I began to practice in Taiwan, I was afraid to take
lesson and worry to practice with my partner, what's more,I never imagined
that I would attend the big competition in Singapore and Malaysia.
On the contrary , I was really disappoint at myself and only thought about the
departure day to go back to Japan.
But after 5 month passed , gradually, my mind was changing.
I don't know why , but it was changing,. There were no afraid to take lesson
and no worry to communicate with my partner, and I never thought about the
departure day to Japan.
Now, the big competition was finished... I've never attended such a big
competition. I think it was a very valuable experience for me. And all the
things that I experienced in Taiwan is valuable, too. Because I learned a
lot in Taiwan. All the things about dancing that my teacher taught me is
valuable, of course it is my treasure. And one more thing.... About
relationship. To get good relationship is just like to water the plants.
We cannot see the big change in a day, but we cultivate it carefully for
3 months or 5 month or more....Then we can see a splendid tree.
（I feel it is the similar to practicing dancing.）
Before, I was only waiting for my partner's action, only expected something....
But it is not waiting, it is not expecting. To give is the first thing that
I should do. It is necessary to cultivate. I really think so...
I know still there are some difficulties afterward, but I believe that I can
get over those difficulties . Because I have a good teacher and good partner.
Last of all, I'm really thankful to you all who cooperated in Taiwan and Japan.