Kyudo Notebook: Popularity

The other day I got some statistics for this year’s Nagoya seminar. Last year there were 93 participants from 15 different countries, so many that this year the organizers decided to split it into two seminars, one for people in the Asia/Oceania region and another for those who are from other areas. It looks like that was a good decision because this year there are 148 people taking the shinsa, which means there will probably be some 150+ people at the seminars. Not quite double…

It’s interesting to see how the numbers break down for people at the shinsa:

Test Europe/Americas Asia/Oceania
Shodan 19 41
2-Dan 14 8
3-Dan 11 13
4-Dan 11 2
5-Dan 12 3
6-Dan 3
Renshi 10 2

I guess what this implies is that people in Europe/Americas have more opportunities to test at the earlier levels within their country or region, so they don’t have so much need (or budget!) to travel to Japan? And then maybe the local organizations in most Asia/Oceania countries are simply younger?

In any case it’s going to be fun, and it’s good to see that there are so many people out there practising. I’ll be in the second (Asia/Oceania) seminar, but am going a little early so I can see people in first group, have some kishimen, and watch the shinsa. See you all there!

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2 Responses to Kyudo Notebook: Popularity

  1. Zen says:

    It is for certain I will be unable to attend Nagoya this year. Or even the Tai Kai In Kyoto as I will be out of town. I am however making it my goal to attend Nagoya next year.

    I am surprised at the difference between the numbers testing for Yon-dan and Go-dan from the West over those from the East. Perhaps it is because we have more local test available. Other places it is a once a year thing. However San-dan testers are higher from Asia. Hmmmm

  2. karamatsu says:

    Yes, I saw that you’re going to be a bit busy all the way into June. As for next year, if I had to choose between the two I would definitely go to Nagoya, and if all goes well in June you’ll be in the elite 4-dan group by then. On the other hand, Kyoto is probably just a day trip for you, so much more economical!

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