Last night, after work, Kaicho (my boss) took me to watch the sport Kendo. It is something I had never heard of until last night. Kaicho made arrangements so when we walked in, they had mats ready for us to sit and observe.

For those, like me, who have never heard of this sport, here it is straight from Wiki :

“Kendo is a modern Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bōgu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.
Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity.”

As you can see there was a spread of ages practicing. The room was very hot and they were in those suits! The students were extremely kind. On their water break they brought water to my boss and I before they got the water for themselves.

The instructor spoke a little english and gave me a handkerchief he designed. In summary it reads “Don’t give up even when it is difficult”. I cannot wait to hang this in my dorm.

I am honored and grateful that this experience is as much learning as it is fun.

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