Chapter Three

THE TRIP TO SHIMIZU

SEPTEMBER 1996
JAPAN – SHIMIZU
A FEW YEARS BACK
 
  • We arrive in Shimizu from Johannesburg – South Africa
  • It’s a very special visit
  • Shimizu – a mixture of the old and new
  • The founding place of Yuishinkai Kobujutsu

Ryu Kyu KobujutsuWe had come to Japan to train and also to take part in a special ceremony that was being organised to honour Inoue O’sensei, the founder of Yuishinkai Kobujutsu, who died in January 1993.

Whichever way you look at it, it is a very long trip to Shimizu from Johannesburg South Africa.

Thoughts crossed my mind – “I’m home once again in Shimizu. It was a good feeling.”  Any trip to Japan is special.  It seems to touch my soul in more ways than one.

Shimizu is a medium sized port city in Japan about 300 kms south west of Tokyo.  Shimizu is close to the bigger city of Shizuoka and one of the special things about Shimizu is that you can see Mt Fuji from almost anywhere in the city.

This whole area is a very interesting part of Japan with a lot of history attached to it.  This area is also well known because much of Japan’s best tea has always been grown on the Shizuoka prefecture mountain slopes for many hundreds of years.

I have a great affinity with Japan for some indefinable reason. Like any place on earth, there are people who either like Japan or dislike it.  Learning to speak their language has made this even more so.

Shimizu is the centre and founding place of the Yuishinkai Kobujutsu Ryu.  As I lay there on my futon and thought about these things, a kaleidoscope of thoughts flashed through my mind, covering the years since 1985 when I first started my martial arts journey and another way of life.

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