When I decided to make a cumulative table of contents for the five first volumes of your favourite magazine, I had several things in mind. First, I knew that it would help me a lot in my research as I would finally be able to quickly find an article that has been lost in the recesses of my memory. However, I was sure that I was not the only kendoka who can read and who would want to improve his knowledge of the art. Since others might also be willing to use the wealth of information disseminated in the 25 issues of Kendo World to date -that is more than 2500 pages- I have decided to publish my work. I hope that it will be useful to many people. It could even make the difference in your next 8-dan grading!
Second, I thought that it would be easy and fast to do, and what a nice way to have one more line on my resume! I was unfortunately wrong about that, but as Confucius said to his disciples, “No pain, no gain!”
A general table of contents like this should normally have been followed by an index. This would have easily made it three times longer so I have therefore decided not to include one. I have instead classified the articles into general and/or precise categories. In some cases, the same article has been placed under different headings. That should help the reader to quickly find quickly an article of interest.
In some cases, I have had to change the original title to give consistency or simply correct typos. Therefore, the first aim of this table of contents is to allow the reader to quickly find an article. It is NOT a bibliography where the references can just be copied and used elsewhere. In this case, you should always crosscheck my reference with the original title of the article. I did not mention the translator’s or the photograph’s names. It does not mean that I do not respect their work, I just did that to make the table shorter and clearer. Again, I will ask the reader to go to the original paper to find all this information.