The Kendo experience offered by Mayumi-san along with her Kendo partner, Go-san (sorry if I speeled wrong), was a great way to learn of not only Kendo as a sport but also the history and meaning behind what Kendo is. From the moment Mayumi-san picked us up from the meeting point she was trying to immerse us in the culture and history behind Yokohama and its port. how it became a trade hub which opened Japan up to the rest of the world. Once we arrived at the dojo studio, we got dressed in proper Kendo gear and briefed on what Kendo is, how it came about and proper etiquette. Then we went into how to begin a match (or duel if you like) with the proper customs and procedures and the main techniques used by Kendo experts. After practicing some techniques for a bit, and guidance from Mayumi-san and Go-san we were thrust into battle and a match between me and my friend which was so much fun and much harder than expected. If you are looking for more than just a quick tour where you just swing some bamboo swords around then this is the one for you. A truly wholesome experience offered by Mayumi-san. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this on my first trip to Japan and having the patience to teach such a bad student such as myself haha. Phillip.