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(original) Noma Dōjō Part 4 (旧) 野間道場 パート4

Part 4 – Death and Rebirth When plans to demolish Noma Dōjō were announced in 2007, a great many voices both in the West and in Japan pleaded for an effort to preserve this historic hall. Nevertheless, once the structure … Continue reading

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(original) Noma Dōjō Part 3 (旧) 野間道場 パート3

Part 3 – Architectural Features The original Noma Dōjō hall was constructed largely in the fashion of traditional Japanese mokuzō1 construction. It therefore had predominantly pre-industrial Japanese architectural characteristics. Nevertheless, having been first erected in Taishō 14 (大正14年/1925) there were … Continue reading

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(original) Noma Dōjō Part 2 (旧) 野間道場 パート2

Initially constructed in Taishō/大正 14 (1925), Noma Dōjō’s enormous popularity quickly lead to significant expansions in Shōwa/昭和 5 (1930) and Shōwa/昭和 8 (1933). A final extension in Heisei平成 9 (1997), expanding support facilities, brought it to its final state. This … Continue reading

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(original) Noma Dōjō Part 1 (旧) 野間道場 パート1

A previous post looked at the current Noma Dōjō, which opened in 2007. This post will be the first in a series that will look at its famous and much beloved predecessor, the original Noma Dōjō. It was the last … Continue reading

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Budōjō Kamidana 武道場の神棚

In Japan one is likely to come across a kamidana in various places such as someone’s home, an office or in a family owned shop. They can of course also be found in a dōjō. Kamidana are an element of … 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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(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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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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