Kendo is Beer: A Trip to Zanshin – the Kendo Izakaya

Kendo is Beer A Trip to “Zanshin” – the Kendo Izakaya By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime Additional drinking by John Doherty I was recently informed by a kendo friend that near Ikebukuro station in central Tokyo, a kendo-themed izakaya (Japanese style pub) had just recently opened. Not needing much of an excuse to go for a beer, and explaining to my wife that this was for work, not pleasure, I headed to “Zanshin” after the All Japan Kendo Federation godo-geiko at the … Continue reading

2014 International Naginata Federation Seminar

The 2014 International Naginata Federation Seminar By David D’hose, President, European Naginata Federation The most recent International Naginata Federation (INF) seminar was held in the Netherlands city of Amstelveen, next to Amsterdam, from August 22-24, 2014. There were about 85 participants from Australia, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and the USA who attended. This great event, organized by the Netherlands Naginata Renmei, was conducted by a large delegation led by Hashimoto Kumiko, … Continue reading

Tokyo Kendo Lions Club

Tokyo Kendo Lions Club By Michael Ishimatsu-Prime I am sure that most of you have heard of the Lions Club International. They are a charitable organisation that does community service in 209 countries around the world. In Japan in recent times, its volunteers have helped people who have been affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. However, it is not just this type of charitable work that the Tokyo Lions Club undertakes – there is also a kendo division. … Continue reading

Kendo World 7.3 – Call for Submissions!

The Kendo World Team has aready started production of issue 7.3, which is due to be published in December 2014, and we are now accepting submissions. If you have recently attended a seminar or tournament and would like to write a report, or have another idea for an article, please contact us. Remember, we do not only accept articles on kendo, but also on iaido, jodo, naginata, jukendo, tankendo and kobudo. Articles of a cultural and historical significance that are … Continue reading

The Book

The Book By Kim Taylor  I have the 2014 version of “The Book” in my hot little hands and I am eagerly waiting for a few minutes during which I can read it. This is of course the English version of the AJKF iai manual. I look forward to knowing all about the changes that have happened since 2009 so I can apply them to all the students who will be learning from me and all those who will be … Continue reading

RT2014, and a bit of kendo as well

RT2014, and a bit of kendo as well By Ron Fox Many of you have read my past articles for the Kendo World homepage. As you might expect, I have a professional (non-kendo) life. I work as a programmer for the National Superconducting  Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University (NSCL). My speciality is the construction of software for real-time data acquisition from experiments performed at this facility. Our University and the NSCL have a grant to build a new U.S. … Continue reading