OK, so the first ones here are bamboo. Oh well! A couple more short clips of the goings-on on a rainy day of the Sakura Matsuri Festival 2009 at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden:
Fencing for fun in the rain. "Kendo?" a passerby asked the duellists. "Kinda..." they replied, with a laugh.
Samurai Sword Soul Snippet:
A lot more choreographed than the first - Just a quick bit of the opening of Samurai Sword Soul performance. Oh - notice the front-row seats here? It definitely pays to not be afraid of the rain! :D
The fighter with the staff is Japanese actor/comedian/martial artist Yoshi Amao - he was the emcee for the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Sakura Matsuri festival 2009. He was the "instructor" in "Advanced Japanese" clip I posted earlier this week, and he's also the founder & producer of Samurai Sword Soul. They have classes - maybe my next hobby will be samurai sword fighting!
That will of course happen the day after I get bored with boats, which is to say probably never. But it does look like fun, doesn't it?