A Happy New Year to you. Hope this year will give you success and prosperity in your kendo and personal life.
We would like to congratulate Yukimasa Furutani Sensei for his passing Kyoshi-Go examination in Tokyo in November 2017. Yamada Masayuki Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, of Iwate is coming with his family from January 5th till 13th. He will be at Hawaii Daijingu Kendo Club on January 5th, 10th and 12th. He will visit Honbu Dojo in Kaimuki on Sunday, January 7th. Be there and learn from him.
I will be collecting our Club and Hawaii Kendo Federation dues for year 2018. Contact me if you do not know how much. I want to finish dues collection by the end of February.
Remember, paying dues and participating activities of the club you belong to is the most
important support you can give.
Steveston Kendo Club in Richmond, B. C. Canada is hosting their 56th Tournament on Saturday February 10th. Let me know as soon as possible if you want to participate. So far, we do not have enough persons to form Team Hawaii this year. International Kendo Federation sponsored referee seminar will be on Saturday and Sunday, February 10th and 11th in Montreal, Canada. I do not know who is going there from Hawaii this year though I strongly suggested send persons there to show Hawaii’s existence.
Suzuki Naoto Sensei, Kyoshi 7 Dan, from Yamagata will visit Kenshikan Kendo Club on
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20th and 21st. Please welcome him with Aloha Spirit so that he can repeat Hawaii visits in the future.
Kenshikan Kendo Club is hosting 15th Tournament on Sunday, February 25th at Manoa Valley District Park Gym on Sunday, February 25th. For our club members, let me know if you participate or not by the end of January. Imazu Hisao Sensei of Tokyo told me that he and other senseis will come and support Kenshikan Tournament again. It was so nice that Late Katsumi Yamada Sensei created his good legacy of friendships for Hawaii.
Wahiawa Kendo Club T-shirts are for sale. Sizes are S, M, L, XL and XXL. Black color only
now because of inventory deal. Price is $15 each except $17 for XXL. The front has Club
name and back has “KENDO WILL MAKE IT BETTER.”
All Christmas presents I received were nice. A few years ago I asked Mrs. Akagi, my Tea
Ceremony teacher, where she got one item in her house. She said that it was not bought.
Someone handcrafted it and gave to her. This year’s present from her was the same kind of item I mentioned to her. She remembered that for long time. Receiving a present you wanted is one thing but being remembered for a long time is wonderful. Mrs. Akagi’s long time Tea Ceremony practice made her do things for others’ happiness and enjoyment. If you care about someone, think about that person often and take actions.
Iwao Sato, Chief Instructor
Wahiawa Kendo Club