This years trip to Yokohama was a memorable one.
We visited Sojiji and toured the temple grounds which included a short session of Zen meditation led by one of the temple monks.
Twice a day, 365 days of the year, the temples halls are wiped clean. Now wax is used on these floors, just common rags, but when you touch it, it has the smoothest surface.
An example of how this cleaning is done is shown below.
(Photos courtesy of Ted Petit)
Sato Seiji Sensei performing Shihobarai at the opening of the
Nakamura Ryu Batto-Do Taikai.
The day before the Taikai, we held a special Hono Embu (special demonstration) at Nakamura Taizaburo's grave site.
At the banquet, guests were entertained with a variety of performances including Kenbu, which is a traditional sword dance.