I’ve been filming with two leading Japanese entertainment programmes about being a Katchushi and collecting samurai armour
TV Osaka: Wafu-sohonke
Tokyo TV: Why did you come to Japan?
I met the crew from Tokyo TV at Narita airport. A representative approaches random gaijin and asks “why did you come to Japan?” if your reply is something that they feel their viewers would enjoy you are in. Due to my schedule, the programme is being filmed in two sections with the second section concluding in Nov 2018. In Nov 2017 I was with the crew attending a special auction for dealers where I was hunting down samurai armour and swords. Unfortunately no samurai armour turned up but I did manage to acquire a nice shin-shinto wakizashi very cheaply.
TV Osaka came my way by a recommendation from Ollie the owner of Tengu Sake who recommended that the crew visited and view my collection of samurai armour. The crew interviewed me at first thinking that I was a collector of Japanese Armour but then discovered that I was, in fact, a trained katchushi. They were also surprised to learn that I was a former British and European champion at Iaido a form of Japanese swordsmanship. So they covered my collection, then my work and finally a training session at the local Toyama Ryu, Kenzenkai Dojo.
I attempted to get the point over that studying budo is akin to being a shokunin and that they are both dutiful to preserving the old ways but they seemed more interested in how my odoshi machines spin round at 63mph. All good fun none the less!
Both shows will air in 2018.