Sokaku Takeda Biography (8) by Tokimune Takeda

In the region between Aizubange and Yanaizu there was a mountain pass with many bends and the road connecting the two was extremely steep and in bad repair. In the Autumn of 1876 Sokaku, who was carrying his kendo protective gear on his shoulder, climbed to the foot of the mountain pass on his travels for self-training. He stopped at a teahouse built at the entrance of the pass to take a rest when an old man of about 60 came out from an inner room of the teahouse. He asked, “Young swordsman! Are you going to cross the pass now?” Sokaku answered that it was his intention to do so before the sun set.


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