Good morning, all!  Short update this week because A) it’s my week off and I’m trying to let my brain and my typing muscles rest and B) this weekend is Katsucon.

I will be in National Harbor this weekend, giving a variety of presentations as part of the Japanese Cultural Institute, an intellectuals’ track for Katsucon.  What presentations, you ask?

2:30pm – Transformers: Differences between the American and Japanese series
(what happens if you throw logic, reason, and physics out the window?)
5:30pm – How the Meiji Era helped create the modern world
(you owe 15% of your modern lexicon to Jigoro Kano)
8:30pm – The History of the Japanese-American Interment Camps of World War II
(it breaks my heart how this panel gets more topical with each passing year)

10:00am – Intro to Martial Arts for Kids
(parents welcome if kid is prepared to vouch for them)
11:30am – Intro to Martial Arts
(kids welcome; it’s the same class, only with less giggling)
7:30pm – Legendary Swords of Japan
(less history and more oral tradition, but it has a Donald Faison cameo, so that’s something)
9:00pm – A Brief Biography of Miyamoto Musashi
(see how many times I can say ‘drunk’, ‘murder’, and ‘asshole’ in a one-hour panel)

10:30am – Myths and Misconceptions of the Martial Arts
(Get some background on the Horse Stance, Chi Sao, and why the samurai carried guns)

Of course, I will also be promoting all of my books, so come by the table and say hello.  See you there!

Published by Robert V Aldrich

Author. Speaker. Cancer Researcher. Martial Artist. Illustrator. Cat dad. Nerd.

One thought on “Katsucon!

  1. Hey there! I enjoyed the panels I was able to attend. (Bringing kids to a con makes it a very different experience.) I was wondering if you had ever read a book called “American Shaolin.” It’s an autobiography about a guy in the 90’s who actually goes to the Shaolin temple in China to learn kung fu. It’s an interesting look into how the temple works today-ish. According to legend (one that would fit with your myths discussion) Bodidharma came to China from India to teach zen to the monks. He also taught them kung fu as physical training to assist their meditation. Now they view the meditation as a way to help their kung fu! (And it’s something the older monks do more of when they can’t follow the physical regimen as much.) I hope you had a good weekend!

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