Whew. After a hectic year of kendo I finally finished my last two keiko sessions of the year today. Today’s first keiko was in the morning, one of my asageiko sessions which I outlined in the first post of the year, and the second was an open keiko held by a friend in the Butokuden. I was already knackered from the day before as my club’s last shiai of the year was held very far away, and I only got back home late. Anyway, I somehow made my way to the end. I am sitting writing this post with a (well deserved) beer in my hand!
2023’s last shiai (27th Dec) :
2023’s last keiko (28th Dec):
As far as kendo years go, I guess it has been a good one: normality has returned, the Kyoto Taikai is basically back to normal (I guess next year it will be back 100%), I finally restarted the Edinburgh Kendo Summer Seminar, and my Eikenkai sessions have been more frequent.
Over the course of three articles this year I discussed the future of kendo in Japan: Free fall, Adapt and Reshape, and Lecture: further enrichment of budo classes in school physical education. If you didn’t realise there was a mini-theme in my writing this year, please re-read. Of course, you might think that this doesn’t directly affect you if you live outside of Japan, but I guarantee it will eventually (if not you, then your students).
The best gear I got my hands on this year was KendoStar’s Vanguard Myrmidon. I mentioned them almost at the very end of the summer seminar post, but I think I did them a disservice – they should’ve had an article of their own. At the moment, they are my go-to kote, and I wore them at both of my final sessions today.
With Japan finally opening up, I had loooooooads of visitors over this year. I can’t actually remember how many or from where! Kenshi from at least Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Canada… visited me for keiko. I know there were many more (the U.K., China, Chile….). Thanks for coming and I hope to see you all again.
My favourite media from posts during the year are:
I uploaded loads of pics to instagram, and some vid as well:
And don’t forget the two Edinburgh Summer Kendo Seminar vids on YouTube:
Aaaand, I think that’s that for this year. Again, as always, thanks for following kenshi 24/7 and I hope to write more next year as well as get a chance to meet more readers. Cheers!