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Ikutokudō 育徳堂

Dōjō Name: Ikutokudō (育徳堂 Hall of Cultivating Virtues) Art Practiced: Honda-ryū Kyūjutsu (本多流弓術) Location: Tōkyō University, Hongō Campus, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō, Japan Construction Type: concrete Completion Date: Shōwa/昭和 10 (1935) Summary: Tōkyō University’s purpose built dōjō for the practice of traditional … Continue reading

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Shichitokudō 七徳堂

Dōjō Name: Shichitokudō (七徳堂 Hall of Seven Virtues) Arts Practiced: Kendō, Jūdō, Shōrinji Kempō, Aikidō, Karate Location: Tōkyō University, Hongō Campus, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō, Japan Construction Type: concrete Completion Date: Shōwa/昭和 13 (1938) Summary: Tōkyō University’s purpose built budōjō mixing traditional … Continue reading

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Mito Tōbukan 水戸東武館

Dojo Name: Mito Tōbukan 水戸東武館 Arts Practiced: Kendō, Iaidō, Naginata, Hokushin Ittō-ryū kenjutsu (北辰一刀流) Location: Mito, Ibaraki-ken, Japan Completion Date: 1 January Meiji 7 (1874) Summary: A dōjō of original period construction completed at the same time Japan transitioned from … Continue reading

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Yamaoka Tesshū & Cherry Blossoms 山岡鉄舟と桜

Once again it is hanami (花見/cherry blossom viewing) season in Tokyo. On the way to the cherry blossoms in Ueno Park, a stopover was made to the grave of Yamaoka Tesshū (山岡 鉄舟) near Nippori station (JR Yamanote line). There … Continue reading

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Japan architecture map 日本の建築地図

Contemporary architectural sightseeing in Japan is a bit easier to plan with this site: http://www.archi-map.jp/map_index_00.htm Kuma Kengo’s new café design in Dazaifu is absent from the Fukuoka list so I’m not sure how often this site gets updated. Thanks to … Continue reading

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new terminology

In researching the original Noma Dōjō I came across two terms that are useful in understanding the elements of a dōjō. They are: Jōdan’noma (上段の間) – this is a slightly raised seating area (seiza/kneeling style) at the shōmen or jōseki … Continue reading

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(new) Noma Dōjō (新) 野間道場

Dojo Name: Noma Dojo 野間道場 Arts Practiced: Kendo (principally) Location: Gokokuji, Bunkyo-ku, Tōkyō, Japan Dojo Owner: Kodansha Publishers Ltd. Summary: For kendoists, this dojo needs no introduction. For everyone else, Noma Dojo is a private dojo open to the public … Continue reading

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Basic Dojo Layout 普通の道場の設計

The thought came to mind to post about a basic or classic dojo layout and the reasons for the layout being at such. Until now, I have been hesitant to present this partly out of a feeling I have not … Continue reading

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Shinjuku Cosmic Center 新宿コズミックセンター

Facility Name: Shinjuku Cosmic Center 新宿コズミックセンター Facilities: sprung wooden floor dojo, mat dojo, kyudojo (archery), general sports halls including pool, conference facilities Location: Okubo, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo 東京都新宿区大久保 Construction Type: concrete Summary: budojo facilities within a community sports center

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Kaohsiung Butokuden 高雄武徳殿

Dojo Name: Kaohsiung Butokuden 高雄武徳殿 Arts Practiced: Kendo, Iaido, Hyoho Niten-Ichi-ryu, Aikido, Brazilian Jujutsu, Taiko Drumming Dojo Leader: Chen Xin-Huan 陳 信寰, kyoshi 7-dan kendo, 11th generation soke Hyoho Niten-Ichi-ryu Location: Kaohsiung Taiwan 高雄市台湾 Construction Type: brick, steel roof Summary: … Continue reading

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