Sensei Gary in Japan – JKA Honbu in Tokyo – Day 7

Posted on 14 April 2013 16:40 – 00:40 in Tokyo Japan

It’s Cherry Blossom Season in Japan.

I’m not sure it’s a good time to start writing this blog, had a hard night in the British pub with the Irish and Scottish Senseis, it was a lethal combination. Are 4 pints a lot? Not a lot for me. After all, I am practically teetotal.

Still not a happy bunny today, but I’ve just got to move on. I have 6 grandchildren and they will be wanting their presents upon my return, so I went off shopping in Tokyo and had a very enjoyable morning. I got some nice gifts so I hope they will be happy.


On the way back to my room, I met Sensei Angelo, he was on his way to meet the other Brits and Miriam to go visit the resting place of Funakoshi Sensei, so off I went again. Actually we ended up in beautiful Kamakura to visit this massive Buddha. It was incredible.

Then, we went to a restaurant where you cook your own food, the atmosphere was fantastic.

I primarily came here to grade but tomorrow is the most important day of this trip, it is Enoeda Sensei’s memorial, I was a student of his for more than 20 years. At one point I was the chairman of the Marshall Street Committee, the club captain and team coach. Sensei Enoeda must’ve had a lot of faith in me to appoint me such positions. We won the Southern Area Championships 10 times and I captained the team to their first national championship win which we then won repeated.

Sensei Enoeda was a great man and a great Samurai, he passed his passion for karate down to all his students. He made us feel invincible and I am so honoured I have this opportunity to attend his memorial here in Japan, I shall be representing, once again, Marshall St Dojo and all who trained there.