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The Taste of Banzo's Sword

Story Stats

Rating: 5
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Page count: 7



Appeared in

Cricket Magazine Vol 29, Num 3, Nov 2001

Story Summary

Young Matajuro desperately wants to be a Kendo master like his father but shows no skill. After his father suggests that perhaps he should take up poetry, Matajuro leaves to study with Banzo, the greatest Kendo master in all of Japan. Although impatient with Banzo's method of teaching, he does learn and returns after only a few years to make his father proud.