Last week I returned from my first ever trip to Japan – having had an absolutely amazing time with the TA community there, teaching, sightseeing, being impressed by how the combination of cultural drivers (Kahler, 1975) of Please People and Be Perfect operate as working styles (Hay, 2009) to produce courtesy and efficiency.
I arrived just as the new Emperor took on his role and as the new Imperial era, or gengo, was beginning. Called Reiwa and signifying order and harmony, this gengo is taken from the Manyoshu, an old anthology of Japanese poems, and sets the tone for upcoming decades. It follows eras of Heisei (1989-2019) – achieving peace; Showa (1926-1989) – enlightened harmony; Taisho (1912-1926) – great righteousness; and Meiji (1868-1912) – enlightened rule.
I was awed and saddened by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, rang the bell in memory of the children, was impressed by the Itsukushima shrine on Mayjima island, and enjoyed the numerous small deer that appeared totally comfortable with the tourists. Later I was lucky enough to see Mount Fuji lit up by sunshine, to see also the remaining cherry blossom in the sunshine, followed by an amazing experience – unexpected by everyone – of being deluged by snow in the form of hailstones at the 5th station. A truly memorable visit to Fuji San.
In terms of work – or what I think of as my ‘paid hobby’ – I ran a set of mock CTA exams, did several group supervision sessions and a couple of individual supervisions, and led workshops on Mentoring & Coaching, Leadership, TA for Trainers, Organisational Analysis, and Supervision. My PowerPoints had all been translated into Japanese ready for me (click here to access them as free downloads – they show English and Japanese) and Rie Miura did an amazing job as interpreter.
I also managed to catch up with people who have been translating a couple of my books – watch this space – and I represented the Institute of Developmental TA (IDTA) at a meeting with the President of the TA Association of Japan (TAAJ) where we discussed cooperation between the associations because both are Partner Organisations of the International TA Association (ITAA).
I was also able to meet the volunteer assessor who is looking at the portfolios produced by participants on the first-ever TA Proficiency Award scheme being run by Rie Miura in Japanese (see http://www.instdta.org/ta-proficiency-awards.html for details of this option for those teaching TA to children and adults).
So, a packed and very pleasurable visit – I can’t wait to go back!
Hay, Julie (2009) Transactional Analysis for Trainers 2nd edition Hertford: Sherwood Publishing
Kahler, Taibi (1975) Drivers: The Key to the Process of Scripts Transactional Analysis Journal 5:3 280-284
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