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:
昭和天覧試合 : 皇太子殿下御誕生奉祝。宮内省 監修。昭和9発行。大日本雄弁会講談社。