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05:29 pm: For those days you just want to bash someone over the head with a stick
Today I spent all my free time reading my embroidery design software manual. I'm still not through it yet after two days. I'm having flashbacks to when I bought my cell phone...

After school, a group of middle school students visiting from Michigan were brought by to get a chance to try out kendo (Japanese fencing). My school's kendo club is very active. I was asked to join them to help translate, but it turned out one of the other ALTs with the group was already handling that, so I didn't have anything to do but sit around and snap pictures.

First the students were given a run-through of how to hold the kendo swords (called shinai) and how to bop the opponent over the head while yelling "Men!" (...which I'm sure must be a really amusing coincidence for someone who doesn't speak Japanese; it means "mask" or "face"). After practicing that a few times, they were suited up in protective armor and shown how to strike other areas.

The whole session began and ended with a lot of bowing in unison.


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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:May 13th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
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How slashy fun! But they didn't let you play along? Whenever I go to something like that, they always insist I join in.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 13th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
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Whenever I go to something like that, they always insist I join in.

I don't think they had enough spare sets of armor. Even the Japanese middle schoolers visiting with the Michigan crew had to sit it out.
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From:megory
Date:May 13th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)

Memories

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What a lovely experience for a middle schooler. That must surely help this be a visit they will remember for a long time. Thanks for the pictures!
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From:megory
Date:May 13th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)

P.S....

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For those days you just want to bash someone over the head with a stick

We all have those days, don't we?
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From:firesign10
Date:May 13th, 2005 09:20 am (UTC)
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Yelling "Men!" just seems so appropriate LOL!! (note that I AM happily married but that doesn't mean they don't have their moments!)

Is there any American equivalent to hitting someone over the head with a stick?? Sounds like a good way to blow off steam.....

*bows*
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From:nitasee
Date:May 13th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC)
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Hey, I know there's many a time when I want to bash someone over the head yelling "MEN!"
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From:wrenwyn
Date:May 15th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
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I like the kendo clothes/armour. I very often feel like hitting people over the head with a stick so maybe I should by Kendo clothes instead of kimonos when we're in Japan -- huh, S-chan?

hehe

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