Consul General Yamada Attends the 2017 Shorinji Kempo World Taikai

On Sunday, July 30, Consul General Yamada attended the opening ceremony of the 2017 Shorinji Kempo World Taikai tournament held at the San Mateo Event Center. Consul General Yamada expressed his admiration for all of the participants’ dedication. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of Shorinji Kempo, a style of Japanese martial art. Around 500 students from 22 countries participated in the tournament which was held under the theme “Be the bridge - Make the world better, one person at a time”.

Consul General Yamada delivers his remarks

Ms. Yuuki So, President of the World Shorinji Kempo Organization, greets the audience

Consul General Yamada and President So watch the tournament

The opening ceremony

Participants exhibiting their skills

An exciting demonstration by young participants

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