to participate in Expo 2005\
Expo Kendo Festival was held at Expo Dome in Aichi prefecture on 31st Aug.
All Japan Kendo Federation, in cooperation with the Aichi Kendo Federation,
has held as part of Expofs official event which is gThe Expo Kendo Festivalh
with the 3000 spectators. The event has tried to introduce gKendoh Japanfs
traditional and representative culture in a modern and friendly manner
through an assorted program to synergize with Expofs main objective of
gdispatching messages from Japan to the worldh and gfrom the present to
the future.h As shown on the theme poster designed by Ai Kaneko, we hope
to convey widely the spirit of gKokenchiaih (meaning that Kendo enables
one to learn how to cherish onef counterpart by engaging in shinai keiko)
regardless of gender, age or nationality.
The detail contents are as follows.
Date and Time: Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:00-16:00
Venue: Expo Dome, Nagakute in the World Exposition in Aichi (3,000 seats)
Part 1: Sturdy keiko practice and discipline
Contest for about 200 elementary and junior high school students in a field
Keiko practice by girls and women
Practice between winners of AJKF championship and kyoshi 7 Dan led by Masahiro
Part 2: the beauty of Kendo kata and rationality
Yagyu Shinkageryu, Kendo kata, Iai, Jodo, Naginata etc.
Part 3: International Exhibition Match
Exhibition matches by nine groups of foreign kendoists from 18 countries.
This should be one of the highlights for those foreign kendoists to show
the results of many years of keiko, whether working or studying in Japan.
Part 4: Kendo beginner-toward the future
Guidance to beginners, to teach the basics. What is Ippon which is the
unification of the spirit and the body. Basic keiko practice. To watch
a video showing Ichiro's ball hitting method which has a common trait with
that of Kendo.