99th CONVENTION
July 17–20, 2014
Kiwanis International Convention Tokyo Chiba 2014

Convention news

  • Mr. Ishihara

    Dec 09, 2013
    Mr. Ishihara

    He started calligraphy because he wanted a hobby that was more spiritual. Golf, tennis, did not fulfill him any longer. Through a friend, he found a calligraphy class. The first year, he copied ancient Chinese characters from a medieval textbook. After that, he could attempt to create his own work.

    In the Tang Dynasty, it was said that an accomplished gentleman should have knowledge in music, go (a game close to chess), painting and calligraphy. Missing from Mr. Ishihara’s repertory was calligraphy, so he set out to become a gentleman by taking the class.

    “In order to write, I have to grind the ink stick, I feel spiritual stability.The handling of the brush carries the depth of the universe.”

    Next February, his works will be exhibited in Ginza. Mr. Ishihara certainly has become an accomplished gentleman, though some might say he was one before his interest in calligraphy.

    Masayuki Ishihara is the current Japan District secretary.

    Experience calligraphy during the Japan culture fair at the Makuhari convention center.
  • Wrestling with Japan’s national sport?

    Sep 11, 2013
    You’ve probably seen the spectacle on television. The gigantic competitors. The unique hairstyling. The traditional loin cloths. The stomping ritual.
    But how well do you actually know sumo wrestling? 
    It has a long history and some elaborate traditions. The sport dates back 2,000 years–when its purpose was to entertain the gods during festivals. It became a spectator sport in the 1600s. In fact, it’s heavily influenced by shintoism, a religion native to Japan that is based on rituals and ceremonies rather than on a belief system.  
    A sumo match typically lasts seconds. The goal is to make the opponent either exit the ring or touch the floor with a part of the body other than the soles of the feet. Only men can practice the sport. Women aren’t even allowed on the dohyo (elevated ring). 
    Some other interesting facts:
    • Sumo wrestlers live in stables, where they spend the day practicing, eating and taking naps. 
    • The dohyo is sprinkled with sand.
    • The loin cloth is an essential part of the wrestler’s strategy. Measuring 7 to 9 meters (about 30 feet), it provides a way to get a grip on an opponent, so the way it’s wrapped is crucial. 
    • There are no weight categories—so some matches have opponents of very different sizes.
  • Promote the Tokyo-Chiba convention

    Jan 29, 2013
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