March book project #1: kendo nyumon and kendo dokushu kyohon 三月本プロジェクトその1

For the first instalment of this months book project I picked two books that were written by the same authors: Oshima Kotaro and Ando Kozo. Oshima Kotaro was the son of Oshima Jikita (another article here) and Ando Kozo was the shihan of the Waseda university kendo club from 1999-2002. The two books being looked … Continue reading March book project #1: kendo nyumon and kendo dokushu kyohon 三月本プロジェクトその1

Eikenkai February 2016 英剣会

Forty-three kenshi got together in Sumiyoshi Budokan, next to Sumiyoshi Taisha in central Osaka, for yesterday’s jam-packed kenshi 24/7 led Eikenkai session. People travelled to Osaka for the practise session from as far as Iwate, Shizuoka, Okayama, and Mie prefectures, but the title to furthest away goes to Canada. Of course, most participants came from … Continue reading Eikenkai February 2016 英剣会

March book project 三月の本プロジェクト

As many regular readers already know, I love books, especially kendo books. The older the better. Last October I had a free afternoon and introduced a portion of my book collection on this site. A couple of weeks after seeing the article a sempai of mine got in touch: “I found a bunch of old … Continue reading March book project 三月の本プロジェクト

The shugyo spiral 修行スパイラル

Just under six years ago I published an article entitled The Kendo Lifecycle. It was quite popular at the time and, based on my site stats, is still visited regularly by people from all corners of the Internet. As an extension to this I started, from about two or three years ago, to attempt and … Continue reading The shugyo spiral 修行スパイラル

The mystery of the black-hand 黒手の謎

During June last year I was invited to join an open keiko session at the dojo which probably has oldest (kendo-related) tradition in the Kansai region. During the break between the kihon and jigeiko parts of the session I was wandering around the dojo looking at the various pieces of calligraphy and what not that … Continue reading The mystery of the black-hand 黒手の謎