Back in January 2016, I wrote an entry about a young cat that had been hit by a car (near Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission, right after Wahiawa Kendo Club's Wednesday night practice). I've received a few questions about what happened to that cat.
He's fine. His name is TC now and he seems completely normal except for two things - I think his right eye doesn't work so well, and for some reason although he's gotten a little larger he's still pretty small and still has "kitten face". (I don't know what else to call it - he just doesn't have the "look" of an adult cat.) It's kind of odd, but whatever - it's sort of cute and the main thing is he's healthy and happy.
Different story: A couple of years ago one of the students at Kenshikan gave me an unwanted cat. Her name is Nora. (Last two photos, below. First two are of TC.) She's also become a permanent resident at my house.
So two of my six cats came to me directly through kendo. I don't know if this is a new "thing" in Hawaii kendo - my sister, a.k.a. Lori Chun sensei, recently brought home a tiny kitten that she found wandering around the parking lot of Monday night kendo practice in Heeia.
I think this is a good trend. A lot of kendo people send me photos of their cats so maybe cats and kendo just go together very naturally.
Posted by Shishido.