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:
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!