Awesome 15 min kendo documentary from 1984 discovered on youtube today that needs sharing!!!
On the 4th and 5th of May 1934, Saineikan – a budojo located in the grounds of Tokyo Imperial Palace – was the venue of the second of three Showa-period Tenran-jiai (a budo or sports competition held in front of the Emperor). This post was mainly written in order to share some of the pictures available of the event, but I’m also using it as an opportunity to bring together related kenshi 24/7 articles.
There’s still a lot more that needs to be written both about the event itself and the people involved, but there’s no point in hoarding all these cool pictures, so here they are… enjoy!!!
(Links to related articles are after the pictures.)
Emperor Showa watching the shiai:
Shinpan and competitors:
Competition winners (note Noma Hisashi on the right):
Finals of the professional kenshi division:
Finals of the prefectural kenshi division (Noma vs Fujimoto):
Special demonstration match (Mochida Moriji vs Ogawa Kinnosuke):
Special demonstration match (Oshima Jikida vs Ueda Heitaro):
Special demonstration match (Takano Shigeyoshi vs Nakayama Hakudo):
Special demonstration match (Saimura Goro vs Nakano Sosuke):
Special demonstration match (Jukendo):
Special demonstration (teaching children):
Various matches from throughout the two days:
Related articles on kenshi 24/7
The Kendo Reader – the book written by Noma Hisashi, the winner of the prefectural kenshi division.
Fujimoto Kaoru – a look into the life of the person Noma defeated to take the title.
Takano Sasaburo – the most senior sensei in attendance and head shinpan.
Saimura Goro – a shinpan and special demonstration member.
Nakayama Hakudo – a shinpan and special demonstration member.
Takizawa Kozo – information about post-WW2 Tenran-jiai and Saineikan.
(I’ll probably expand on this list as time goes on)
The following video is NOT from the 1934 Tenran-jiai featured here, but one held 6 years later. Although a different shiai, I think we can assume that the execution is pretty much the same:
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This morning I took part in godogeiko session in the suburbs of Osaka city. This is a yearly event and includes a demonstration session plus godogeiko with some of the local kenshi (from children-adults) and a few members of the elite Osaka tokuren police squad.
Last year I had the flu so video-ed and uploaded the kihon session (see below) but this year I was fighting fit so took part as normal.
As a special present to kenshi 24/7 readers, I took and uploaded the light demonstration session between Kiwada Daiki and Teramoto Shoji, both past All Japan Kendo Championship (and WKC) winners.
Below are a couple of other video’s featuring the Osaka tokuren’s kihon geiko… enjoy!
12th January 2014 (jigeiko):
September 2013 (kihon demonstration):
January 2013 (kihon demonstration):
March 2008 (kihon and jigeiko):
So, at the 2012 World Kendo Championships in Italy there was a presentation and vote to decide where the next championships would be held. There were two countries in contention: Japan and Korea.
A few weeks before the event I was contacted by a rep of the ZNKR and asked to give my opinion on how to grab the interest of non-Japanese kenshi (I assumed, and still assume now that they asked quite a few people the same questions). i.e. they wanted something that would appeal to the FIK board members to choose Japan over Korea.
One of my ideas was to interview famous kenshi and have them talk about why the Budokan is THE place to take part in shiai… about their experiences there, and about how its often seen as the pinnacle of every (Japanese) kenshi’s dream to compete there.
I was told that this idea was used, but I never saw the result of it until today – here it is (or at least a re-edit). I’m sure other people had the same or similar ideas, but it’s a thrill to see it nonetheless !!!
I spent a lot of time reading about kendo and of course, preparing scripts and pictures for my own kendo projects and of course this website. By far the most fascinating thing for me is to get my hands on older kendo manuals, the well-worn the better. I especially enjoy looking through those books that include pictures.
The pictures below are all from a kendo manual entitled ‘Practical kendo for students’, which was published in Taisho 14 (1925). It was written by Tominaga Kengo and includes an introduction by his sensei, Takano Sasaburo. The book is full of interesting kendo pictures, a few of which I plucked out and have uploaded here as I imagine that many readers will enjoy them as well.
In particular, I like pictures that show changes in the shape compared to the kendo we do nowadays, including waza that have fallen or are falling out of use.
At any rate, enjoy! I hope to introduce more pictures at a later date.
As an added bonus here are some pics from an article series I published 4 years ago. This book was published in 1927.