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Mail from Morioka sensei

2009 NZKF Seminar

I would like to share the mail from Morioka sensei here and many thanks to Hiroko san's translation.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: morioka
Date: 2009/7/31
Subject: 大阪体育大学、森岡です。
To: marleen


この踏み込み をされているのは 大阪体育大学、作道先生範士8段は私の恩師です
② 本学のHPです。ご覧下さい。

BY hiromitu morioka 森岡宏光

大阪体育大学 ・'. **☆**・.
森岡 宏光

2009 NZKF Seminar

Dear Everyone

How is everything going about you, as it has still continued the hot days in Japan?

I arrived at Japan from New Zealand in safety, and everyday have practiced Kendo again with thinking in hot and sweat days.

I appreciated your thoughtfulness to be more than I deserve while I stayed in New Zealand.

It is very glad for me to read the description of the impressions in the HP of Waikato (Kendo) Club.

I had wonderful memories with your warm hearts through the crossing shinais together.

I would like to see you next year again.

This great chance of meeting might be very, very kept in my heart.

If you will come to Japan, please contact me. I look forward to see you sincerely.

I thank you very much, again.

My Regard

○1 The demonstrator in Fumikomi (Stamping) in this website is my teacher, Takemichi sensei who is Hanshi, the Eighth-dan.

○2This website is our university’s HP. Please access in it.

Osaka Taiiku Daigaku (Physical University)
Morioka Hiromitsu


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