When I first moved to Japan many years ago , I had a job in Tokyo with a late shift that started at 2 pm. So I’d spend the mornings puttering around my small apartment. Around 10 am the whole neighborhood would start to emit this muted “thwack” sound. Thwack thwack thwack for a few minutes then it would stop.
It took me a few weeks to figure out that the noise was from people airing out their futons. You drape the mattress over your balcony, and with a special tool called a futontataki you smack out all the dust from the mattress.
I don’t live in Japan anymore, when I did I found that sound oddly comforting. It meant someone out there was taking care of their business. Not making a big deal of it, just getting it done as part of their daily cleaning.
Once the thrill of getting in shape and seeing your muscles has subsided, it’s important to shift into this mode of body maintenance. Eating clean and getting your workouts done shouldn’t be built up as a huge accomplishment. It’s just you taking care of business. You should get it done with the same consistency and steady pace as those morning futon airings.
Thwack thwack thwack, get it done without complaint!
Patrick Reynolds // Kenzai Founder