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Kendo, completion of a japanese dojo a 50 years old

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Kendo, completion of a japanese dojo a 50 years old

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Kendo, completion of a japanese dojo a 50 years old

When I’m in Japan, I practice kendo, in a private dojo. In fact, when I came to Japan for the second time, for a long period, I start to learn kendo in this dojo, before even learning the Japanese language. I was very lucky to be able to integrate this dojo. Obviously, I start learning during sessions with children. There are no classes for beginners adult. Here, all the adults are high ranking.

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Kendo Japan

Luckily, I put a small camera in my bag, in case we never know, because tonight, it will be the last training in this dojo. This dojo, 50 years old, will be demolished to build a new in this location.

the photographs are video extracts, which were taken by a teacher “sensei” (in japanese language), who had come specially filming with his camera.  So I asked him to film with my camera, also.

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Kendo Japan

For specialists, my first name was translated in kanji by the professor and dojo owner, So my first name is written in kanji on my “Zekken”, as there is no difference in the dojo.

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Kendo Japan

As this blog is not specialize in kendo, I’ll give some explanation:

The Meaning of Kendo:

Kendo literally means “the way of the sword” in Japanese, is based on the art of traditional Japanese fencing that was originally developed and practiced by Bushi and Samurai. Kendo is a unique product of Japanese culture and is an offspring of Kenjutsu, the classical Japanese sword art. The goal of Kendo is not only to develop the physical capability for fighting but also the moral and spiritual aspects that may be applied in coping with real life.

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Kendo Japan

In Japan, it is one of the most popular martial arts. This martial art is now under the authority of the International Kendo Federation. In Japan, practitioners are more than two million. Licensees are also numerous in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines and Australia. France has a few thousand members.

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Kendo Japan

The Purpose of Kendo:

  • Training the mind and body, cultivate a vigorous spirit, and a proper and rigorous training, strive for perfection in the art of Kendo.
  • Keep believes the courtesy and honor, reach out to others with sincerity, and never pursue the cultivation of oneself.
  • Then you will be able to love your country and society, contributing to the development of culture to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
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Kendo Japan

Kendo is difficult and takes time, 5 years is not enough for your average person to get a good, nor is 10. It is easy to end up getting killed a lot physically and mentally. In addition, the Japanese kendo social scene is not as friendly as it is in many places abroad, so I often felt alone and isolated at a time.

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Kendo Japan

When I am in Japan on December 31, to celebrate the end and the beginning of the year, while New Year’s Eve is a time for parties and fireworks in many countries, I go to the dojo for Keiko (sessions) from 11 pm until 1 am (the New Year).  We pause to drink green tea, midnight, to the sound of Buddhist temples bells. At midnight on December 31, Buddhist temples all over Japan ring their bells a total of 108 times (除夜の鐘 joyanokane) to symbolize the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief, and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires regarding sense and feeling in every Japanese citizen.

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Kendo Japan

“The sword reflects the mind. If one’s state of mind is not correct, neither is the sword. The one who wishes to learn the way of the sword must first learn the way of the mind. ”

Toranosuke Shimada (1814~1852)

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Kendo Japan

“One who learns the sword should not concern themselves with the outcome of the match. A pure mind and nourishment of the soul allows for a win within oneself.”

Yamaoka Tesshū (1836~1888)