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This photograph is taken in the women's kendo convention held Tokyo Budokan Hall in Ayase, Tokyo four years ago. Kendo is the martial art which game-ized the art of fencing of Japan. It performs poking and striking operation which wears a kendo implement and uses a bamboo sword by 1 to 1. It is also the martial art which trains mind and body, so it aims at character building by continuing exercise on the other hand. It was devised in the middle of the Edo period(1603–1868) of the Samurai age, and has passed through development of a protector or changes of a rule after that. In the junior high school government guidelines for teaching in 1958, kendo, judo, and sumo were made into regular course gymnastics, and it has continued till today. Moreover, female kendo will begin from the 1960s with postwar by coeducation or a woman's advance in society, and history is short compared with male kendo.


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1. Basic description of photograph
Courtesy(Left)-concentration(Center)-action(Right)

2. The situation of a competition site: workshop

3. The swords women who do the match standby: workshop

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