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2023 Kan-geiko (Mid-winter training)

Kodokan's annual Kan-geiko, two hours training that starts at 5:30 AM, took place from January 6 to 15.




Kan-geiko is held at the coldest time of day in the coldest season, intended to discipline mind and body. It is one of our traditional events that have lasted for over 140 years since the early days of the Kodokan.

Many trainees were working hard on the early-morning training.



For the first time in three years, we were able to have practitioners from abroad participate in the program. We received many applications from New Caledonia, Poland, Australia, and other countries.


Opening Ceremony of Kan-geiko


Kodokan President UEMURA Haruki


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Roll Call


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After the practice, everyone worked together to lay the tatami mats in preparation for the Kagami Biraki Ceremony on Sunday, January 8.

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Thank you very much for your cooperation.


Kan-geiko is held from January 6 to 15, from 5:30 am to 7:30 am.

Practitioners from far away can also participate.

You can also watch the cold practice from the 8th floor.

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