|Preliminary rounds, 2013 World Taikai|
Back in Japan! This time the occasion was the 2013 Shorinji Kempo World Taikai in Osaka at the massive Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium.
|Women's Dan Category expertly judged by Hiate sensei.|
|Men's Dan Embu|
The evening of Aug 24 was the Taikai Eve Reception - a lavish event held at the Hotel New Otani Osaka. During the Reception the US, Spanish and Canadian Federations received Distinguished Service Awards from WSKO President Yuuki So.
|The US, Canadian and Spanish Federations received Distinguished Service Awards at Taikai Eve Festival|
|Reunion of the Hiate sensei deshi group!|
Perhaps one of the most memorable parts of the event was the epic closing performance by members of the Osaka Shorinji Kempo Federation (hosts of the event). Their performance was an interpretation of the theme "chaos to harmony" by using embu on a massive Kurosawa-esque scale.
Another wonderful part of the Taikai was getting to see former Toronto members Asuka Tomari and Takashi Kariya (and family) once again. Asuka was competing in the Dan Level Men and Women's Embu category. You can see her embu below.
|Reunion with Toronto alumnus Asuka - now based in Nara.|
|Reunion with Toronto alumnus Takashi Kariya (and genki Takeru!) - now based in Fukuoka.|
We wish to thank Yoshida sensei, the members of the Osaka Shorinji Kempo Federation and WSKO Hombu for all their hard work in putting on such a memorable event.