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OK, OK, I have been a little slack on the blog front of late…but I have an excuse…I live in Japan and we are all really busy!
Recently, my days are filled with kanji study, translating work, proof reading jobs and of course, all the kendo one “kendo bum” could ask for!
At the present moment, the Japanese kendo community are caught up in the whirl wind of Golden Week, as Kyoto in particular plays host to a number of shiai and demonstrations. Unfortunately for me though,
Updated 6th May 2009 at 02:06 PM by kendo-bum
On April 2nd, 2009, close on 500 people filed into the “Rinku Gate Tower Building” conference room for the Tai Dai university entrance ceremony. The second tallest building in Japan (I am told), it is a hotel that specialises in wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, and I imagine, honeymoon suites! Needless to say, it is a very large and amply equipped hotel, more than capable of accommodating all the new entry 1st year students, new entry post-grad students (your truly included), teachers and
Updated 7th April 2009 at 12:37 PM by kendo-bum
I have just returned from my first gasshuku with Osaka Taiiku Daigaku (Tai Dai).
Unfortunately however, this report can only be made from what I saw on the sideline. That is to say that the injury I acquired at the Ritsumeikan training camp, turned out to be a bit more serious than first thought.
If you recall I mentioned a tweaked groin muscle around the 4th day of the “Rits” camp which put a hold on my training. Well, after several days of recovery and an attitude of “she’ll
Updated 31st March 2009 at 02:37 AM by kendo-bum
This is a blow by blow run down of my time at the Ritsumeikan University kendo club training camp from Friday the 13th of March until Wednesday the 18th of March, held in Okayama prefecture.
I left Kyoto around mid-day on Friday and arrived in Itami city at 1pm to meet the shihan (sensei) of the Ritsumeikan University who would take me the rest of the way. It took the sensei and I about 5 hours to get to the hotel/training venue in Okayama, and it occurred to me that
Updated 5th September 2009 at 07:09 PM by kendo-bum
I’m happy to report that the “battle with the bank” has finally come to an end as the money was successfully transferred to the university just in the nick of time…
With the cut off date set by the university drawing ever closer, my brother and I were called back into the bank to make some more changes on the forms we had recently filled out, in order to deposit my school fee money (one form per cheque!)
To cut this particular rant short, each cheque was made out to my brother,
Updated 23rd April 2009 at 09:16 AM by kendo-bum