In fact, I even took up Japanese language lessons because I wanted to understand the meaning that the anime creator intended rather than experiencing it through the subtitles. But to date, in my interactions with various aspects of the Japanese Culture, I never had the opportunity to come in contact with Kendo in real life..
To me, Kendo equals the samurai I saw in the movies who would go around waging endless battles which were typically centered around stories set in the Sengoku period (戦国時代, Sengoku jidai).
Thus, when I learnt that the Japan Creative Centre (JCC) was organising a Samurai themed movie screening "Love and Honour" and a special sharing session on Kendo, I rushed to register for it.
"Love and Honour" is a masterpiece directed by Yoji Yamada which won the 30th Japan Academy Prize and the 25th Golden Gloss Prize Silver Award. The movie depicts the daily lifestyle and hardships in the samurai way of life, with some nicely choreographed action scenes. Definitely not a slasher fest, which is great by me.
But what struck me the most was that, if the reality of samurai was as it was depicted in the movie, then today, even with our latest smart gadgets and whiz bang technological advances, life hasn't really changed that much.
Go get a copy of "Love and Honour" and watch it. Awarded Five popcorns, Five Thumbs up! :)
conducted by 6th Dan Kendo Coach and President of the Japanese Association
Kendo Club, Mr Wada Akinori, and his members.
Finished watching the video above yet? Did you jump out of your chair? :)
I did. I never expected that Kendo would be so loud.
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And if you like to know more about Japanese Culture, the JCC organises many activities that may strike your interest. Head over to Japan Creative Centre !
by Richard Chai