Friday, 31 October 2014

Dojo Closed for Culture Day

The Gojuryu Karatedo Yoyogi Ryushinkan Dojo is closed November 3 for Culture Day (文化の日), a national holiday in Japan.  The holiday originally celebrated the birthday of the Emperor Meiji, who was born on this date in 1858.  The national holiday was reintroduced in 1948 to commemorate the post-war constitution established by the occupying US forces, which is still an issue of debate even today.

With the Dojo closed, students should at the least do some stretching and practice sanchin kata.

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