A friendship Kendo Match
On the 30th of May a Kendo match was held in my hometown.
The competition was split into East area verses West with different classes for adults and children.
Many Kendo players came to compete.
For This competition my position was Taisho the leader of the team match.
At first I wanted to decline the offer as I had not played for a while.
My friends persauded me by saying that it may be my last match in Japan
so I thanked them and decided to play.
There were many people at the match one of them was my teacher
who has taught me since I was six.
He is now over 80 and still playing Kendo!. My teacher was in the UK TV program.
There were also my senior friends who I last saw at the Kyoto Kendo match in the spring.
I was very glad to see them there,
as I wanted to say hello as well as play Kendo before I go to the UK.
I think that Kendo should also be about respect and making friends.
I also like Kendo, as after playing we can eat.
Following the cold season’s Kendo practice,
we ate sweet red-bean soup with pieces of rice cake together.
At the Kendo Club that I played at since I was six,
they make rice cake themselves and they enjoy eating them
with all the club the club members and their family.
Our Kendo Club starts its members as children and teaches them Kendo as they grow up.
All my childhood friends still play Kendo, are polite and get along well.
They now teach Kendo to children.
For this Kendo match my friend’s children had a match and played an active part in it.
I think that I am lucky to continue practice Kendo now.
I hope that the future for Kendo is not only in my home town,
its road should be overseas.
Today’s chief referee;
Mr. Nishimura belongs to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police the same as Mr Chiba
who taught me on a Kendo seminar in the UK.
Another refree of the match is a friend of the ex-UK national coach.
They talked for me and I practiced Kendo with them.
So I had a good time in the UK…
A week ago, I attend the Kendo practice of Mr Chiba in the university of Hitotsubashi.
I saw my younger school mate and my friend’s Dad.
The friend lives in the UK and we practice together in London.
I hope that kendo has a future in many places. Not only in Japan,
but all over the world. It is strange as when I started to practice Kendo,
I did not think it would take me to the UK.
For my last Kendo match in Japan,
I faced my friend who is a selected team member as was I.
Before the match,
I remembered that we ate red-bean soup with pieces of rice cake in the Nippon Budoukan,
we practiced hard in the summer season it was such a hot day and I rember it still.
When I finished I saw my calligraphy,
it is on Championship flag where the Champions name is recorded every year.
It made me very happy,
I hope that the Kendo association will continue to use my calligraphy after I leave…