Plenty of photos, sorry
Pretty much in order of being taken, any questions about them please ask! The trip was immense, but very tiring - the flights were really long and the 8 hour time difference resulted in a decent amount of jet lag, took 3 days+ to get over it on the way there. The return flights started in the morning from Japan and ended up back in the UK during the UK evening which I think has compressed it all nicely, I don't feel half as bad so far and sleep patterns are so far almost normal!
We managed to get on local TV for the taikai itself, and I also randomly managed to get interviewed by a local TV station when visiting Matsue Castle although I got no footage of this. The TV footage below (if it works?) is a kata demo, I pass no comment on quality of the video or the JuJutsu, I'm the one being Uke right at the end.
We managed to see masses of local landmarks and also the culture, both the rural side of things and the urban side (Osaka). There is a massive difference between these two, and an even larger difference between Japan and the UK. It feels a very repressed culture, with lots of unusual habits (the whole shoes on/off, no tips to waiters etc. being two examples).
Anyhow, enjoy the pictures, not many of actual training, but I am trying to get copies from the others who went from England as they got more of this type of thing!
Gallery on my website:http://www.nryonline.co.uk/motoha-yoysh ... ikai-2013/