Japanese culture experience : Kendo

Japanese culture experience : Kendo

Do you have any Japanese culture in mind that you would like to experience in Japan? There are many Japanese cultures, from Sado (tea ceremony) and Ikebana (flower arrangement) to Kendo (Japanese fencing) and Karate. There are facilities where foreign tourists can enjoy such Japanese cultures, Here we would like to name few facilities where you can experience Kendo.

What is Kendo?

Kendo is seen as an athletic competition event where 2 players in protective armors fight against each other with bamboo swords. However, it is “Budo” where individuals aim to discipline their human characters including their bodies and minds through continued training.

What is Iai/ Batto jutsu?

Iai jutsu is martial art mainly composed of forms and techniques for a practitioner to have Japanese swords (not necessarily drawn swords) in a scabbard, and with the movement of releasing the sword from the scabbard, he or she will hit, or avoid the attack from, the opponent, and deliver the second hit as a final blow. Kendo is a major sport with a large player population in Japan, but Iai jutsu is extremely popular among non-Japanese.

【Tokyo Kumeikan Dojo】

This dojo has being accepting foreigners from more than 45 countries. Fee is 5,000 yen for 2 hours.

Classes: Kendo: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

             (Kids) 17:30-19:30

             (Adults) 19:00-21:00 (10:30-noon for Saturday and Sunday)

Iaido: 13:00-15:00 on Saturday and Sunday 

Fees: membership fee is 10,000 yen and monthly fee is 5,000 yen (personal training: 5,000 yen for 2 hours, foreign tourist: 5,000 yen for 2 hours.)

Address: 2-1-7 Akatsuka Shinmachi, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 175-0093

URL: http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/~kyumeikan/homenglish.htm

Class viewing: available

Class participation by foreign tourists: available

【Genko Nitoryu Zuihokai】

Zuihokai is a group of practitioners of Kenjutsu and Iai of Genko Nitoryu style, and is active in Chiyoda-ku, Shinagawa-ku, and Ota-ku. As experienced instructors provide appreciate guidance depending on practitioners’ levels (practitioners vary from beginners to belt earners), beginners can also enjoy training at their level. 

Classes;

 ■Gotanda: Monday night

 ■Magome: Wednesday night

 ■Kanda: Friday night

 ■Nishi-magome: Monday night

  * Please confirm the calendar on the website

Fees: membership fee is 5,000 yen and monthly fee is 5,400 yen

URL: http://www.zuihoukai.com/

Class viewing: available

Class participation by foreign tourists: available

David li

Male Chinese who works for major advertising agency in Tokyo. 15 years of living in Japan has made him an expert on various Japan related topics. He came to Japan after graduating from high school and now permanently settled in Japan. His hobby is to enjoy local cuisines while travelling around various parts of Japan. He has a personal goal of visiting all prefectures in the country and in the process of achieving it, enjoying trips and dining experiences in the nation on his off-days with his family.

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