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  • When you are an amateur, you cannot do the things that professionals do.

    You cannot wield a sickle with the delicacy of a dancer.
    You cannot slice grass-green bundles of rice with one rhythmic sweep.
    You cannot knock the milky grains from their golden panicles in one blow.
    You cannot walk away from the rice paddy unscathed.

    Rather, you will inevitably hurt yourself. And when you do, there will be a man from a faraway kingdom who was forced out of his homeland and sent to foreign shores ready with a bandage to stop you from bleeding. Because you are an amateur. And he, he is a professional.
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