The top event in the Japanese kendo calendar – the Kyoto Taikai – has finished once again. This was the 14th straight-year I’ve attended but even though the format never changes, it doesn’t get old. Unfortunately this year, due to non-kendo related responsibilities, I was only on the ground for a one full day and a couple of hours of a second one, so I was unable to do or see as much kendo as I wouldn’t really liked… but thats life for you I guess!
Still, I got in one keiko session with the JSDF (current and retired members), met a few old acquantainces (if briefly!), had a couple of beers with some cool friends, and took a few hundred pics… so it wasn’t a complete disaster! Hopefully next year I’ll have more time on my hands to enjoy the full taikai.
Here is a gallery of some of the best pics I took this year.
The next gallery of pics shows things that are going on in around the tachiai themselves as well as the environs of the Butokuden.
Here is some video, the first of the actual embu, and the second showing the asageiko session.