Monday, 5th May 2008

MSMAS in Japan at '3rd World Butoku Sai' & '46th All Japan Butoku Sai'...

MSMAS back from Japan ...


Wednesday 23 April saw a number of MSMAS Members of to Japan for nearly 2 weeks of participation at 3rd World Butoku Sai, plus training and experiences right across Japan, from Honshû to Kyûshû.

April 23 Wednesday ~ Departed London Heathrow

April 24 Thursday ~ Arrived at Kyoto, Japan via Tokyo & Osaka

April 25 Friday ~ Over 650 International Members from 42 Nations gathered in Kyoto City Budo Centre and Butokuden for Orientation Session in Butokuden and Budo Centre.

Visited Shorenin Temple & Temple Garden to meet Fuku-Sosai Higashifushimi to receive a brief Lecture on “Spirit of Japanese Culture and Spiritual Deity of Fudo Myooh” and to make Presentation of our Donation and Gift.

April 26 Saturday ~ Rehearal Training in Butoku Den and Budo Sport Centre
April 27 Sunday ~ Official Beginning in Butokuden with Budo Seminars conducted by DNBK Honbu Instructors
April 28 Monday ~ Beginning of WBS with Official Procession for World Butoku Sai and Declaration of ‘Third World Butoku Sai’. Sosai’s Greeting followed by greetings of the Kyoto Prefecture Governor, Mayor of Kyoto City and congratulatory message from President of the Board and the Honbu Standing Board as a prelude to WBS Welcome Reception and Special Entertainment on Japanese Culture plus Fellowship of all DNBK ID and Japan Honbu
April 29 Tuesday ~ The World Butoku Sai, Heian Shrine Dedication Enbu, Official Declaration of WBS, Official Procession and Official Order.
Harai no Gi
MSMAS Aikido demonstrate at DNBK ID Demonstration.

Honbu Japan Demonstrations/Kendo Final Matches
Osame no Gi
Recognitions and Awards Ceremony at which Kyoshi Payne receives President's Award and Team Yusho Sho.
Ending Order
DNBK ID Dinner Reception
DNBK ID Leaders Meeting at Hotel Conference Room
April 30 Wednesday ~ WBS ID Commemorative Rensei Taikai, Taikai Declaration, Speeches of Honbu DNBK Officials, Prayers, National Anthem.
Harai no Gi
Kendo Kata Demonstration Match in Budo Centre
Osame no Gi
Awards and Recognitions at which the following were announced:

Team; Yusho Sho plus individual Awards for Judo, Aikido & Iaido

Official Appointment of Kyoshi Payne as UK DNBK ID Representative until April 2011.

Roger Payne ~ RokuDan (6th Dan) Judo & RokuDan (6th Dan) Iaido.
James Bibby ~ SanDan (3rd Dan) Iaido & SanDan (3rd Dan) Aikido.
Lee Fahey ~ SanDan (3rd Dan) Iaido, SanDan (3rd Dan) Aikido & ShoDan (1st Dan) Judo.
Linden Kirk ~ SanDan (3rd Dan) Iaido, SanDan (3rd Dan) Aikido & ShoDan (1st Dan) Judo.
Catherine Payne ~ SanDan (3rd Dan) Judo, NiDan (2nd Dan) Iaido & Shodan (1st Dan) Aikido.
Irene Franco ~ NiDan (2nd Dan) Iaido & NiDan (2nd Dan) Aikido.
Patrick McBride ~ ShoDan (1st Dan) Iaido.

Final Appraisal Comments by Honbu Hanshi Board
Official Sayonara Party and Dinner Reception at ANA Hotel

Kyoshi Payne receives: Leadership Award

May 1 Thursday ~ Depart Kyoto by Bullet Train to Hiroshima by Shinkansen (Bullet Train).

Visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial & Miyajima an Old Shinto Shrine (Torii - red gate) in the sea & overnight in Hotel in Hakata.

May 2, Friday ~ Hiroshima to Kumamoto by Shinkansen (Bullet Train), to Kenjinjyuku.

Overnight in Ryokan near Aso mountain in traditional room, before taking hot springs.

May 3, Saturday ~ Visited Aso Mountain & Kumamoto Castle, a large, extremely well fortified castle. The castle was besieged during the Satsuma Rebellion. In nearby San-no-Maru Park is the Hosokawa Gyobu-tei, the former residence of Hosokawa clan, the Higo daimyo. This traditional wooden mansion has a fine Japanese garden located in its grounds then on to visit to Miyamoto Musashi's grave.

May 4 Sunday ~ Depart Fukuoka via Tokyo to London Heathrow.

Responsible Travel & Earth Day ~ To offset the carbon footprint of MSMAS travel, Kyoshi Payne personally secured an acre of Brazilian Rainforest at Latitude 5.648 / Longitude 61.490, thus locking in 260 tonnes of global warming CO2, the equivilant to the annual carbon footprint of ten British families. The Team departed one day after Earth Day, a name used for two different observances, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. The United Nations celebrates Earth Day, which was founded by John McConnell in 1969, each year on the March equinox, while a global observance originated by Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, and since January 1970 also called Earth Day, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22.



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