British Kendo Association Annual General Meeting was held in London.
There are three sections of Kendo, Iaido and Jodo.
We had individual meeting, then all members gathered for a general meeting.
I attended all three individual meetings and the final general.
The meeting was in English. I did not see Japanese friends this year.
But they spoke about Japanese traditional story.
I was especially impressed to hear about Do道.
The speaker said Budo’s Do is the Way, it is the most important things are polite and duty.
Before the big meeting, we received the small machine.
I wondered what it was.
They announced that it was a voting machine to make the meeting quicker.
We checked the system.
Then we started to use.
Yes, the meeting closed earlier than before, but we know how much it cost…
Anyway, I enjoyed using the button and it looked modern for the meeting.
British Kendo Association(BKA) Jodo(杖道)-bu had a Kangeiko in Biddenham Upper School.
Kan means cold, geiko(keiko) means practice, so we call a practice in cold season; Kan(寒い) Keiko(稽古) in Japanese.
We practiced over six hours, there were about thirty people, I was the only Japanese.Starting exercise was warm up and we counted up to ten individually they counted in English; one two three… but for my turn, I called Ichi Ni San… in Japanese. Then we did Chudan(中段) kata and Kage(影) kata.
In Japan we eat Rice cake(Mochi) after Kangeiko, but in the UK we ate cake in break time and lunch time.
I love both but some British people said Mochi is not tasty and is bland..and is not enjoyable to eat. In Japanese Kangeiko we make Mochi ourselves in our traditional way, but sadly I do not have the items to make Mochi here… anyway British like cake and tea so it is fine.
I miss the Japanese way of Kangeiko with Mochi in the UK, and felt a little home sick.
But its ok as we must take cake to Kangeiko and I ate five kinds of cakes.