On the 69th All Japan College Kendo Championship closing held in Tokyo, on December 4, 2021, Yudai Kurokawa from the College of Tsukuba, left, battles Keito Kimura of the Nationwide Institute of Health and Sports activities in Kanoya for the championship. Kurokawa gained the match. (Mainichi/Koichiro Tezuka)

TOKYO — The 56th All Japan Ladies’s College Kendo Championship and the seventieth All Japan College Kendo Championship shall be livestreamed on a particular web site on July 2 and three, respectively.

The tournaments shall be held on the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, and The Mainichi Newspapers Co. will broadcast the tournaments on its “Mainichi Shimbun Digital” web site (https:// mainichi.jp/kendolive/senshuken/k2022) freed from cost. After the competitors, footage of all matches from the primary rounds as much as the finals may also be obtainable on the web page.

Kendo is certainly one of Japan’s hottest martial arts. Practitioners put on protecting armor and use bamboo swords to strike one another.

The 2 championships, each with a historical past of greater than a half century, have produced many nice “kenshi,” or sword fighters. Mainichi Shimbun Digital has been livestreaming the matches since 2019, and this can the third occasion despatched out dwell. The tournaments have been cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A complete of 266 women and men have certified for this yr’s tournaments. All are proficient athletes who’ve risen from their respective competitors blocs of Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokushinetsu, Kanto, Tokai, Kansai, Chu-Shikoku, and Kyushu.

The ladies’s opponents embrace: Haruna Mizukawa (second yr, Hosei College), who gained the final event as a first-year pupil; and Atsuko Morooka (fourth yr, Chuo College) and Maika Senoo (fourth yr, Nationwide Institute of Health and Sports activities in Kanoya), who’ve each gained the All Japan Ladies’s Kendo Championship.

The lads’s event will embrace the 2021 champion Yudai Kurokawa (fourth yr, College of Tsukuba) and runner-up Keito Kimura (third yr, Nationwide Institute of Health and Sports activities in Kanoya).

Along with the livestream, the particular Mainichi Shimbun Digital web page will present an inventory of the opponents and different details about the event in Japanese. The event bracket shall be up to date with every match consequence. After the event, archived footage of all matches, from the primary spherical to the ultimate, for each women and men shall be obtainable.

The movies of the finals and semifinals of final yr’s tournaments shall be obtainable on the identical web site.

The sixteenth All Japan Ladies’s Kendo East vs. West Event and the 69th All Japan Kendo East vs. West Event, which shall be held after each particular person’s occasions, may also be livestreamed. In these occasions, chosen athletes will crew up with their rivals for a battle between the East and West.


Concerning the championships:


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Kanto College Kendo Federation


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[A guide to view the broadcast and the time table]

To view the printed, go to the particular Mainichi Shimbun Digital web page and click on or faucet one of many six thumbnails with a “dwell” label. There may be one thumbnail for every kendo courtroom, and they’re going to seem on the web page simply earlier than the opening of the event every day.

The ladies’s and males’s joint opening ceremony shall be held on July 2, at 11:00 a.m. Japan Customary Time (JST), which is 2:00 a.m. GMT or 9:00 p.m. on July 1 EST.

The timetable is as follows (all instances JST).

11:00 a.m. — Ladies’s and males’s opening ceremony

11:15 a.m. — Ladies’s matches

2:10 p.m. — Ladies’s East vs. West match

3:00 p.m. — Ladies’s closing ceremony

Sunday, July 3

9:00 a.m. — Males’s matches

2:10 p.m. — Males’s East vs. West match

3:45 p.m. — Males’s closing ceremony

The schedule is topic to alter.




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