miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2018

Shidoshi Juliana Galende. Ogawa Ryu

War drums. Taiko

Kodō (鼓童?) is a professional taiko drumming troupe. Based on Sado Island, Japan, they have had a role in popularizing taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad. They regularly tour Japan, Europe, and the United States. Although the main focus of the performance is taiko drumming, other traditional Japanese musical instruments such as fue and shamisen make an appearance on stage as do traditional dance and vocal performance. Kodo's performance include pieces based on the traditional rhythms of regional Japan, pieces composed for Kodo by contemporary songwriters, and pieces written by Kodo members themselves. The numbers that Kodo perform can change from concert to concert. Kodo's performance normally lasts for about one hour and forty minutes. In Japanese the word "Kodo" conveys two meanings: "heartbeat" the primal source of all rhythm and, read in a different way, the word can mean "children of the drum," a reflection of Kodo's desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child. Kodo strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts. From worldwide tours and research trips, Kodo brings back to Sado world music and experiences which now exert a strong influence on the group's performances and compositions. They also collaborate with other artists and composers. Since their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, Kodo have given over 3,100 performances on five continents, spending about a third of the year overseas, a third touring in Japan and a third resting and preparing new material on Sado Island.


It looks very elegant and brilliant. They taught us how to wield long swords. But Nodachi is so long. Nodachi weighs about 3kg in the blade about 165cm.
野太刀(No-dachi) is also known as alias 斬馬刀(Zan-ba-toh).
Kanji(Chinese) character have its own meaning. 
野(no) means out field.
太刀(tachi or dachi) means long sword. 
斬(zan) means cut.
馬(ba) means horse.
刀(toh) means sword. 
Samurais were usually using Nodachi at cavalry battle before the Warring States period(16th century).

domingo, 18 de marzo de 2018

En el cielo está...

Si es que les pierde la exactitud

Tornado en Canet

Canet 13/03/2018
by MTA

Atardecer sobre Barcelona

Paseando por el paseo marítimo entre Montgat i El Masnou
12/03/2018; 19:28
iPhone 7

Always on My Mind

Cuando uno se aburre con la comida...

El Masnou, la luna y el sol

 Saliendo de casa 07:08 Esperando el tren 07:20

Photos by CCB
iPhone 7

Cuando la realidad supera la ficción

Un clavo en la rodilla

Érase una vez un kendoka leñador que se le ocurrió practicar karate con un listón, pero hete aquí que el pérfido listón tenía un clavo oculto y con el impulso del pie voló el listón quebrado hasta clavarse en la rodilla del cuitado leñador neófito. Resultado: tarde-noche de domingo en el hospital y tras 10 horas de analítica, radiología, re-vacunación y gamaglobulina antitetánica, antibioticoterápia endovenosa y una rodilla como un melón vuelta a casa. Conclusión : Zapatero a tus zapatos!
Pero esto no es el fin de la historia. Al  segundo día el hielo en la rodilla para disminuir la inflación me causó una quemadura al desplazarse el protector y quedar la bolsa en contacto con la piel. Lo dicho, Cuique suum!!!


sábado, 17 de marzo de 2018

Colección de picaportes

Colección de Picaportes en la calle Sant Roc de Vilassar de Mar. Fotos tomadas tras un aperitivo en una tasca muy típica de la localidad .

La muerte de un rocual

El 12 de marzo apareció varado entre Montgat i El Masnou un ejemplar de rocual de 12 metros de largo. Ya llegó sin vida a la costa. Siempre es triste ver a estos pacíficos gigantes yacer en la arena de la costa. Y como sucede también con los humanos la muerte atrae visitantes...

El Lechón viajero en Florencia

Con retraso cuelgo unas fotos de mi estancia en Florencia entre el 7 y 9 de marzo. Qué el trabajo no os impida disfrutar de la belleza de esta ciudad aunque sea de noche!

 Santa María Nuvella

 El Duomo
 El Ponte Vecchio

 El museo degli Innocenti

Cane Fu - Selbstverteidigung mit Gehstock. Keep calm with this old people

Women were also samurai

At the beginning of the Battle of Shinohara in late 12th century Japan each side selects their champion for a one-on-one duel, and to the surprise of the vanquished champion his opponent reveals that she is a woman

lunes, 5 de marzo de 2018

Kunwu sword manual. Li Lingxiao

domingo, 4 de marzo de 2018

Japan's first foreign samurai

Did you know Japan's first foreign samurai was black? 

Kendo's technique

At the 65th All Japan Kendo Championship in November, 5th dan Hidehisa Nishimura won his 2nd title, beating three-time winner, 7th dan Ryoichi Uchimura, with 2 wrist-guard strikes, the preferred technique of both men. 7th dan kendoka Alex Bennett analyzes the intense battle of technique and temperament, and explains how Nishimura won. Alex also elucidates the basis of successful ippon attacks as well as the art of zanshin, a concept central to kendo philosophy.

抜刀術①〜天心流兵法〜Tenshinryu Hyouho Battojutsu

Tenshinryu Hyouho is a school of traditional Japanese Martial Arts which comprises various types of classical forms. It also includes battojutsu or the art of drawing the sword. These sword-drawing techniques are so quick that a swordsman has the ability to land a strike first even when being attacked from behind or being chased. Ayako Kisa visits the Tenshinryu Hyouho training center to see how these 400-year-old techniques, which were once used to guard the Shogun, are being passed down.

The biggest enemy is ourselves. Interview with Jet Li

martes, 27 de febrero de 2018

Self-Sacrificing Ants Refuse Treatment of Their Wounds

Navy Seals abide by a code that no man is left behind. Termite-hunting ants abide by a similar code. A new study reveals that after a raid on a termite nest, the injured ants are cared for by their comrades. If kept by themselves, 80 percent of injured ants died. But if cared for by their nest-mates for even an hour, only a tenth died. Another finding of the study reveals how the ants prioritize who gets cared for and who doesn’t. In human health care, doctors decide which patients need to be helped the most. With ants, it’s the exact opposite. The injured ants themselves decide if they should be treated or not. When no help was in sight, injured ants made a beeline for the nest. But when nest-mates were near, they stumbled and fell, appearing “more injured” as a way to attract aid. But the ants play up their injuries only if they sensed that their problems were minor enough to be treated. If ants were mortally injured, they refused to cooperate, flailing their legs around when probed or picked up, forcing their helpers to abandon them. The mortally wounded ants choose to die rather than have energy and resources wasted on their futile rehabilitation. This discovery marks the first time non-human animals have been observed systematically nursing their wounded back to health.

Received as a gift from my good friend PVD
Taken from Nat Geo video.nationalgeographic.com

Kaze no Ryu Ogawa Ha Bugei


Sword of Desperation (必死剣鳥刺し Hisshiken Torisashi) is a 2010 Japanese jidaigeki drama film directed by Hideyuki Hirayama. It was released in Japan on July 10, 2010. It was written by Hidehiro Ito and Itaru Era, based on a novel by Shūhei Fujisawa. It was produced by Hidehiro Ito.

The art of archery. Kyudo. Automats

Archer boy is said as the greatest Karakuri doll. Original one was made by Hisashige Tanaka, 1850. This doll is restored by 9th Shobei Tamaya.

The "Karakuri" automata is the traditional handcraft of Edo period(1603-1868). Their movements are caused by the power of springs. Japan boasts to the world the ultimate reproduction of "Karakuri" automata. The "Karakuri" automata that bend arrow has been achieved by Hisasige Tanaka, the first president of Toshiba.

lunes, 26 de febrero de 2018

Armar el lío

Paisajes chilenos con historia

Desde Chile he recibido una serie de fotografías que aúnan la belleza del paisaje con la tristeza de dramáticos hechos históricos de la lucha por los derechos sociales de los trabajadores.


Fotos de PVD