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Japan Photo Journal: Stoic standoff

(Mainichi/Kaho Kitayama)

Two young kendo practitioners are seen in battle at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, on July 29, 2019. The 54th all Japan kendo competition for schoolchildren, which is for those up to junior high school age, is being held by the All Japan Kendo Dojo Federation, with special backing from the Mainichi Newspapers and sponsorship by Lion Corp. Beginning on July 29, some 5,000 participants from 1,011 junior high and elementary school teams who qualified in national preliminary rounds are competing in team bouts at the tournament.

    (Japanese original by Ikuko Ando, City News Department)

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