- The Road to Kyoto Butokuden 2017 -

Veronika Orasch (Switzerland), winner of the 10th Edition of Tozando's "Win a Trip to Japan" Experience.
On the right picture, she poses with (left to right) Hidehisa Nishimura (2017 All Japan Champion), Daiki Kiwada (2012 All Japan Champion), her companion Matthieu and Takahiko Kimura (Tozando President).

See you all next year for "Win a Trip to Japan XI"!

It was a short but intense experience for this year's winner, Veronika Orash, coming from Switzerland, for a packed 3 days of training and international friendship around Budo practice.
After a warm-up session with Tozando Kendo team at Shiga prefectural Budokan, en route the next day for the legendary old Kyoto Butokuden for an intensive boot camp training with lots of prestigious guests. Among those was Kiwada Sensei, who does us the great honor of leading practice since last edition. We also had the pleasure to welcome this year's All Japan Kendo champion, Hidehisa Nishimura.
We hope our guests made lifetime memory here, and brought home some precious insights for the benefit of their practice, along with President Kimura's message of Tozando's mission on helping spread the Budo around the world.

Thank you to all the Nominees for this year:

  • Willem Riesenkamp(The Netherlands)
  • Paul Manogue(USA)
  • Thomas Hooper(USA)
  • Jean-Paul Fournier(France)
  • Chretien Simons(The Netherlands)
  • Marko Lukic(Croatia)
  • Marco Guerini(Italy)
  • Thi Phan(USA)
  • Katherine Cenci(USA)
  • Keegan Almeida(Australia)
  • Traian Adrian Ionescu(Romania)
  • Robert Cochran(USA)
  • Boon How Khor(Malaysia)
  • Gianluca Barbagallo(Italy)

And to all the participants: thank you for your confidence and continued patronage!

We hope to see you in Kyoto soon.

Winners of WIN A TRIP TO JAPAN contest

Have a closer look at what they experienced while they were in Tozando and Kyoto!

2011 Winter
Tuan Anh Hoang

2012 Autumn
Xavier Calcas

2013 Spring
Dmitry Gavrilov

2013 Summer
Riku Huomo
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2013 Autumn
Duy Pham

2014 Spring
Jean Noel Grenier

2014 Autumn
Ismail Hasan
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2015 Spring
Christian Domittner
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Win a trip to Japan 8 - Damon Schearer
2015 Autumn
Damon Schearer
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Alain-Nicolas Di Meo
2016 Winter
Alain-Nicolas Di Meo
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Veronika Orash
2017 Winter
Veronika Orash
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