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Professor Kunihide KODA conducts Kendo Seminars in Brazil


Professor Kunihide KODA of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences and on 8th Degree Kendo Instructor provided information on studying in Japan and encouraged cultural exchange through Kendo in Brazil from January 12 to 19, 2017.
This event has been organized by the University of Tsukuba and Brazilian Confederation of Kendo as part of the Coordinator for Study in Japan Project sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT). A total of 600 people of Brazilian fencers attended joint training in four places in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
At this event, Professor Koda introduced Japanese culture through Kendo training, and together with Mr. Akihiko YAHATA, coordinator of the University of Tsukuba’s Sao Paulo Office, provided information on studying in Japan and on Japanese universities to young Brazilians who are interested in Japan. Moreover, Ms. Miwa ONAKA, a UT alumnae from Brazil, a fencer of the 5th grade, talked about her student experiences as well as appealing Japanese culture. We received a lot of feedback from highly motivated young participants, with some of them interested to study Kendo in Japan and some of them want to learn Japanese.