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    So, as club president (ie. sensei's secretary), part of my job is to come up with a club t-shirt. We have a couple of logos that look pretty decent (homebrew from kids in the club), so I think I can generate something. But one of the kids was all enthusiastic about getting his t-shirt before he goes to Japan towards the end of the year.

    And then I started wondering if wearing a kendo t-shirt with kanji and everything would be just as super-cool over in Japan as it is super-cool over here (I'm getting my shirt with a special pocket protector installed right into the pocket! Super-Cool!). Kind of like how mad prison skillz don't work so great on the "outside."

    So that is the question, are our club t-shirts with our amateur kendo art and kanji going to set off doofus meters everywhere we go over there?

    -Charles, Grand High Doofus

  • #2
    Charles-san:

    Just as long as the Kanji doesn't render the following message: "Look at me, I'm a Doofus!"

    When ya'll do make your shirts, please let me know, I want one... it's super cool to wear another kendo dojo's shirt post-keiko over here!

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    • #3
      The newest incarnation of my dojo's t-shirt is simply the dojo logo on the left side of the chest. You can get the shirt in black or white. Any kanji seen is within the logo itself. Simple, and effective! Check out Kenshinkai's facebook group if anyone is curious as to how the logo looks.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Charles Lockhar View Post
        So that is the question, are our club t-shirts with our amateur kendo art and kanji going to set off doofus meters everywhere we go over there?
        Unless you are traveling in a group I wouldnt do it. Or just dont use kanji.

        Mind you, Ive had a beer discount over here because I was wearing an Edinburgh Kendo Club jacket once.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kenshi View Post
          Mind you, Ive had a beer discount over here because I was wearing an Edinburgh Kendo Club jacket once.
          good enough for me! I'll take two!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Charles Lockhar View Post
            So that is the question, are our club t-shirts with our amateur kendo art and kanji going to set off doofus meters everywhere we go over there?

            -Charles, Grand High Doofus
            The answer is yes. Absolutely.

            b

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            • #7
              having seen some japanese school team jackets, they usually just say "kendo" in kanji and maaaaaybe the school name. Some of the university ones I've seen actually have the school name "xyz university" in english. If there's some weird saying in kanji on it, it has the possibility of being looked at the way we look at engrish.

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              • #8
                It'll be cool as long as the club t-shirt says:

                "Many have the Green sky which is loverly scent of
                homemade cats from our land of large handbugs."

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                • #9
                  Well, the t-shirt will have this image on the front, upper left side:

                  front

                  back's gonna have a modified version of:

                  back

                  for the back, I'm having the kendo-kid who drew it replace the kanji with

                  kanji

                  and backing off the kendoka so that the shinai isn't touching the kanji.

                  -Charles

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                  • #10
                    well i was sure excited when one of my host brothers gave me my first Kojo High School kendo club tenugui. I'd say if he takes some, to have a few extra as gifts =D
                    Last edited by NigelSponge; 15th August 2008, 03:16 PM. Reason: clarity.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kenzan View Post
                      It'll be cool as long as the club t-shirt says:

                      "Many have the Green sky which is loverly scent of
                      homemade cats from our land of large handbugs."
                      I'm pretty sure I saw a Japanese guy over in Waikiki who was wearing a shirt that said exactly that, in English.

                      His buddy was wearing a shirt that said "America: Graet Power" (spelled it just like that too).

                      -Charles

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                      • #12
                        I like the front logo. The whole business in the back? Not so much. But that's just me. Admittedly I only like simple kendo shirts/jackets etc etc.

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                        • #13
                          I like it but on the patch i wouldn't have the name repeated so many times. but I like 'em Careful who makes the t-shirts, kanji can come out really badly but looks like you've gone for big and bold which should be fine.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Charles Lockhar View Post
                            Well, the t-shirt will have this image on the front, upper left side:

                            front


                            -Charles
                            What, no flaming skulls with fangs dripping gore?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kenzan View Post
                              What, no flaming skulls with fangs dripping gore?
                              No, Kenzan-san. Charles-san could have put Madame Pele wielding a flaming shinai and setting her opponents' men on fire. But that wouldn't be pono (right) with the Hawaiians. They'd make Capt. Cook Specials out of the Hilo dojo.

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