The 23rd Haku Un Kai was held jointly with the Barrier-Free Kendo Club on July 20th and 21st.
Many members came from far away and some Shodokan members also participated.
Some of them participated in their first practice session after joining Haku Un.
Here are some of the messages we received after yesterday's practice.
Mr. S says,
Thank you very much for all your help.
The "Ki" of Kyoto is really wonderful.
Thanks to all of you, I had a fulfilling practice. I was able to sort out what I could correct and what I need to work on. I also received some precise advice from Okada sensei. Thank you very much.
I look forward to seeing you again the next time we meet.
Ms. H says,
As soon as I met Okada sensei, he spoke to me to relieve my nervousness, and all the participants also spoke to me without hesitation.
I am really glad that I took the courage to participate in the practice after all!
I am grateful that I was able to practice in a special place, and it was an irreplaceable time for me as I realized something new about myself. I believe that Okada sensei was able to bring out these realizations in me.
Thank you very much!
Ms. O says,
I was very moved by the direct advice I got from Okada sensei. I am also very happy to have had the opportunity to have the chance to meet you all. I am glad I took the courage to participate. Thank you very much!
Ms. T says,
It was a valuable experience for me to practice at Butokuden in Kyoto. I thought the solemn atmosphere of the place, the atmospheric building, and especially the feeling of the light coming through the dimmed glass of the small window near the ceiling, which let in sunlight, was wonderful.
It was fun to practice with people I had never met before in a place I had never been to before, and it was a lot of fun. As always, the practice made me realize that even if I understood something in my head, I couldn't do it when the time came.
I look forward to practising with you all again in the near future.
Photo Description (from the left one)
1st photo: Butokuden Dojo
2nd photo: A monument in honor of a famous kensei, Naito Takaharu sensei, the professor of Butokukai. Those who practice at Butokuden are required to bow at the monument to Naito sensei before entering the dojo.
3rd photo: A monument commemorating the 100th anniversary of Butokuden's construction, inscribed with the inscription "Butoku wa senzaini kaoru" by Yoshimitsu Takeyasu, the Supreme Advisor of Zenkenren who passed away in 2021.
4th photo: Heian Jingu Shrine. As mentioned in Okada sensei's lecture, the Butokuden and Butokukai began in commemoration of the 1,100th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Heian.