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Getting Ready for 16WKC! Steering Committee Report No.9さあ! 16WKCへ向けて実行委員会報告 9

We have only seven months left until the championship. On the Internet, the WKC Countdown Photo Contest where we introduce kendo-themed photos together with a countdown timer, is extremely popular. Many of you must be enjoying the photos that are sent in every day.

Did you notice, by the way, that the photo that came in on October 4 was different from the rest?

It was a rather antique-looking close-up photo of the Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto. To tell you the truth, this is the cover photo of the program brochure for the International Goodwill Kendo Tournament which was held on October 4, 1967. According to the program brochure, people from 13 countries and regions participated. In addition to team and individual matches, the Nippon Kendo Kata was performed by Hanshi Mochida Seiji and Mori Torao, and koryu kata by Hanshi Sasamori Junzo and Ishida Kazuto, the second chairman of the All Japan Kendo Federation. Exhibition matches were held between Hanshi Tsurumi Iwao and Nakakura Kiyoshi, as well as representatives from Hawaii, Brazil, Republic of China, etc.

It was a great event that brought all the prominent kendoka together in the name of friendship. Through kendo, they tried to enhance global friendships, and it seems that the success of this event led to the first WKC in 1970, three years later. As for the 16WKC, I would like it to be not just about a championship, but would like to go back to basics and make it about friendship. I hope all the participants will be able to share the joy of kendo throughout the three days of the championship.

New official items
Two new 16WKC official items will be sold soon. One is a paper folder which has the championship logo on the front and lists all the years and venues for the WKC since the first one. The other is a tenugui which shows an undyed logo of the championship. There are two types: one with just the logo, and one that also comes with the name of the championship written in Japanese. Both will become available from November 3, at the venue and the online shop.

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16WKC Steering Committee16WKC実行委員

Abe Akihito阿部 晶人

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