JoselA sword fighter who likes Musashi MiyamotoA Mexican with a deep respect in Musashi Miyamoto. He's a Kendo fencer with first dan and became third in Mexico in 2008.
A Samurai all the way from the other end of the globe with a deep respect in the swordsman "Musashi Miyamoto".
To Kumamoto where Musashi Miyamoto spent his last year.
This is Josel's first visit to Japan. He goes to Kumamoto to practice Kendo, buy Kendo equipment, and visit where "Musashi Yamamoto" spent his last 5 years. Ever since he was a child he was interested in Japanese Samurai and started practicing Kendo when he was in high school. He's first dan graded and became third in Mexico in 2008.
No Kendo equipment sold in Mexico.
Josel arrives at Tateno station in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture and meets with Uchiyama-san who he met online to go buy the equipment at the shop "Mitsumaru". His budget is 400,000 yen! He's saved up for this trip especially because there are no Kendo specialized shops in Mexico. The highest quality hand stitched "Tezashi" is recommended but they've run out of stock, he ends up buying practice wear and others only.
What is this white sticky stuff?
Josel visits an udon shop close to where he stays for dinner. The name of the restaurant is "Musashi Chaya" as in Musashi Miyamoto! He orders their specialty Musashi Udon (Chikara Udon) - tastes good but not the mochi on top…
More and more! 340,000 yen shopping!
Josel visits an another shop "Genbudo" and finally finds the "Tezashi" for 280,000 yen! He's all excited about the total of 340,000 yen he's spent in 2 days!
I'll live my life following your teachings.
Josel visits the places that have links to Musashi Miyamoto. "Reigando" in Iwatonosato Park where Musashi wrote "The Book of Five Rings" as well as the Musashizuka Park where Musashi's tomb is located. It was a memorable moment when he delivered a message to Musashi, "I'll live my life following your teachings.", sitting on his heels in front of the tomb.
Cold floor that can't be experienced in Mexico…
Uchiyama-san organizes a Kendo practice with the former students of the Hakusui elementary school for Nathan. He's all up for it but something seems to be wrong with his feet. Apparently they are almost frozen due to the temperature of the village being just 2 degrees C!
Experience the skill differences.
It's Josel's first time to practice with a Japanese. He has no chance against teacher Sasa (6th dan) despite all the effort. "I was very nervous but very happy." he tells us after the practice looking all refreshing.
More money spent on Josel's equipment than teachers'.
Yours are so much better than us., teachers are surprised at the prices of the equipment Josel's got. He gives us a smile looking all shy.