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This is at the end of a Kendo practice. Yesterday it was about 35 degrees C in this hall. These kids wear that gear for several hours a day swinging bamboo swords at each other. They are usually at the point of collapsing by the end. I find that all sports clubs, brass band, even the shogi club, in Japanese high schools show the same dedication. That said, I must add that I have seen people doze off watching Shogi but I have yet to see a player collapse after a match. :)

The only place to stand is facing the windows. I am still learning how to deal with backlight (but I want to avoid the flash).

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