Photo by Tada “Anchan” Akihiro
This is a video of Jiro’s hands as a child. Kind of, sort of. Actually they are the hands of Master Shuhei, my friend’s son. You must watch this video until the end, well, you’ll see why. You will witness here how a human being actually learns how to use their hands.
When we are little we are not very coordinated. We have to learn how to sit, and stand, and walk, and how to button a shirt, for example, as you will see here. But the good news is that, when very young, we are inherently integrated, that is, all of a piece. It’s like we are programmed not to distort ourselves. The trick is to get kids to become coordinated without losing too much of their inherent integration.
Thankfully for Shuhei, he has Anchan as a father. I had asked Anchan to make this video for my students. Anchan picked out a few very challenging manual activities for Shuhei, and then videoed Master Shuhei. You will see here how patient Anchan is, and how positive. Needless to say my students adored this video.
By the way, Anchan has been my student for many years, and I have been his. He’s my photography teacher. Now Anchan also is my colleague, as are so many of my students – Alexander teachers who carry on “a tradition of originality” that begins with Mr. Alexander himself. For 15 years Anchan has photographed, and now also videos, life at the Alexander Alliance – Germany, New Mexico, Italy, Japan, Korea. He has an exceptional eye for the work, and for catching that moment when people let go.
Jiro’s hands – The Sequel.