Author Events at Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
Prof. Alexander Bennett, author of Bushido and the Art of Living, gave another two insightful lectures about zanshin (lingering mind) and its importance in the martial art of kendo at Japan Foundation’s Japanese Language Institute – Kansai. Prof. Bennett's lecture was supplemented with real-life demonstrations using both a shinai (bamboo sword) and bokutō (wooden sword). During the lecture and demonstrations, Prof. Bennet was dressed in the traditional kendo wear, a navy blue keikogi (upper garment) and hakama (lower garment).
Students then got to try their hand at kendo with Prof. Bennett teaching them the basics. They practiced posture, footwork, and vocalization in an effort towards achieving ki-ken-tai-icchi (sychronization of ki, sword, and body).