The Resilient Shinai — A History of Kendo in Canada
Hirokazu Okusa details the captivating history of kendo in Canada in The Resilient Shinai. Kendo, a Japanese martial art with roots in the ancient sword fighting techniques of the samurai, was brought to Canada by industrious Japanese immigrants looking for a better life.
The Resilient Shinai describes the tumultuous history of kendo in Canada, from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to the vibrant present of the 2000s. A special focus is given to the trials and triumphs of the Japanese immigrants during the tumultuous period of internment during World War II, in which many lost their homes and livelihoods. From trials came triumph in the face of great adversity as their unyielding spirit carried kendo forward through their internment.
In addition to the prewar, war, and postwar periods of kendo in Canada, there is also an account of the lives of two remarkable individuals, Torao “Tiger” Mori and Motoo Matsushita. These two kendoka had contrasting but remarkable kendo journeys and played an important role in the development of kendo in North America.
Meticulously researched and illustrated with many archive photographs, The Resilient Shinai is an engrossing read for kendo enthusiasts and people interested in history alike.
Authored by Hirokazu Okusa, a former president of the Canadian Kendo Federation and a dedicated kendo practitioner, The Resilient Shinai is a testament to his passion for ensuring that the history of Canadian kendo is not forgotten. This book pays homage to his seniors, the pioneers of Canadian kendo.
Chapter One: Kendo During WWII
Chapter Two: Prewar Development
Chapter Three: The Postwar Period
Chapter Four: Motoo Matsushita and Torao “Tiger” Mori —Two Kendoka Across the Pacific
Appendix 1: Postwar Canadian Kendo Dojo/Clubs
Appendix 2: Canadian Kendo Club Establishments and Connections to 2000
Appendix 3: World Kendo Championships —Team Canada Delegation Members and Results
Appendix 4: Postwar Canadian Kendo Federation Officers
Appendix 5: Life Events of Motoo Matsushita and Torao Mori
Appendix 6: Rod Nobuto Omoto (1918‒2013)
Appendix 7: Excerpts From the Booklet Kanada no kendo ryakushi (Kendo in Canada to 1946)
Photo and Map Credits