Well, the taikai didn’t go so well for me. Next! My friend Y won her division, though, which was very impressive given that she was competing with the teachers. Also she seemed much happier with her shooting. Omedetou!
Just a quick note about something I’d wondered before, though. Especially at these taikai it’s common for people to be leaving the shajo at the same time that others are entering, so occasionally there’s a bit of a traffic jam. Who has the right of way? I happened to be standing near S先生 when this happened once today so I asked her. It turns out that the people entering have the right of way. People leaving should wait.
There’s a similar question of who goes first when two people from different teams are approaching the exit at the same time. Maybe I’ll ask about that one next time! Details, details, but when you’re in that situation it’s good to know.
On the other hand I suspect that even in the first case, an allowance has to be made for the people involved. A student should probably wait for his teacher, a young person for someone much older, etc, regardless. It might not be completely correct under the rules but I don’t think anyone could fault you for that sort of courtesy.