József Bereczki pointed out the upcoming special shinsa in France so I just thought I would make a note of it. The details are posted here on the IKYF site (PDF). The latest issue of the Kyudo magazine also had a notice about it from a tour operator. I guess the ANKF has asked them to coordinate arrangements for people going from Japan, which is probably good since they’ll all have yumi, etc. A friend going to Australia a while back said getting hers there was a nightmare. A trip to France would be great (I’ve never been there) but… ¥418,000 (€4,075) for four days on the ground is way beyond me. Maybe if I started hitch-hiking now though…
By the way I also poked around some on the IKYF site in general, and it has lots of information now, including statistics and contact information for most of the affiliated countries. Interesting to compare. Look at the dojo in Iceland. Isn’t that cool?
Later: A curious thing: in the announcement for the shinsa in July they say that applications for 2-5 dan should have been certified at their current level by February 17, 2011. I wonder if that’s a misprint? Normally in Japan you would only have to wait six months at the current level to take those tests. February 17, 2012 would be exactly six months before the shinsa, so I wonder if someone did a cut/paste from an earlier document and forgot to update the year? People considering the shinsa but who passed (or will pass) their current level between February 17, 2011 and February 17, 2012 (and likewise those looking at renshi, 6, or 7-dan) should check to verify those requirements.
Even Later: Sorry, the document linked above is actually for the 2011 shinsa. Thanks and apologies to everyone who pointed out my mistake! The article in Kyudo magazine is for 2012 but now that I look more closely it only mentions practice on July 22nd and a taikai on the 23rd. Nothing there about a shinsa. I guess in my mind I mixed the two.