Our latest member, Otsuka san

28 years old, Otsuka san has decided to return to doing kendo. He reached 3 dan in high school and after high school, he quit kendo. Tonight was his first practice with us and we all enjoyed his strong, straight and very fine kendo. He is obviously a little rusty after his over 10 year hiatus, but will soon be able to get 4 dan.


Otsuka san and Mori sensei posing in front of the dojo flag.

He told us that he had a very strong 8 dan sensei in high school. It’s easy to see on his kendo that his teacher was great.

Kagami Biraki

Every year, we celebrate Kagami Biraki in Kawahara Dojo. Kagami Biraki is a Japanese traditional ceremony which literally translates to “Opening the Mirror” (from an abstinence) or, also, “Breaking of the Mochi.” You can read more about this important Japanese celebration on Wikipedia, here.

Every year we break open the special mochi and the children are extra happy 🙂

This year’s celebrating crew:

After Kagami Biraki asageiko but before the breaking of the mochi.

Mori sensei (5 dan) New Vice Chairman of Kawahara Dojo

Picure Copyright (C) Emil Byström. Mori sensei is always busy managing the dojo, the children, the parents and his fellow kendoka. Always ready to share a smile and an encouraging word.

It was with joy and happiness that we all learnt of the great news: Mori sensei was recently chosen by Suda sensei to become the Vice Chairman of the dojo. Mori sensei will surely keep motivation high, the dojo in great order and make people love kendo even more.

Congratulations to Mori sensei and we’re all looking forward to the fruit that surely will be harvested from Suda sensei’s wise choice.