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.