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BUTOKUDEN Dojo
1581 Browning
Irvine CA 92606 USA
Phone: 866-DO-KENDO

Last Toshigoshigeiko at the Old Dojo

Every year, we have a Toshigoshigeiko (Kendo practice at the turning of the year) at our Dojo. Keiko starts at 11:30PM, and we practice until 11:55PM. Then we take off our Men, and we celebrate the New Year, and then we go back to practice for another 45 minutes. The 2011 Toshigoshigeiko will be at the new Dojo.

My wife makes Ozoni, which is a traditional Japanese soup with Mochi (rice cake), to be eaten on new year’s day.

Last Butokuden Dojo Christmas party at the old Dojo

2010 will be the last Butokuden Dojo Christmas party at the old Dojo. Next year, we will be at the new Dojo. This Dojo was small, but we have many memories, and a lot of our Juniors started Kendo here. So, I am sure it will be in our hearts forever.

Taiko has arrived!

I had ordered a Taiko (Japanese Drum) for out new Dojo. It arrived on our Ocean Shipment in a container. I was so worried that it would arrive undamaged. Fortunately, it arrive with not even a scratch. Very well packed.

Here is a picture of my son, hitting the drum. It is huge! Can’t wait to place it in the new Dojo, and start practicing.

Butokuden Taiko