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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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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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Chiayi Ming-Hsiung High School Kendo 嘉義民雄國中劍道

Dojo Name: Chiayi Ming-Hsiung High School Kendo Department 嘉義民雄國中劍道部 Arts Practiced: Kendo Location: Ming-Hsiung, Chiayi County, Taiwan (台湾嘉義縣民雄鄉) Dojo Leader: Dr. Hung Chin-Yen 洪 欽炎, 6-dan Construction Type: concrete; steel roof (likely) Summary: A simple stand alone dojo that is … Continue reading

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Tokyo Geidai Kendo 東京芸大剣道

Dojo Name: Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku Kuromon 東京芸術大学 黒門 Arts Practiced: Kendo Location: Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno/Uguisudani, Tokyo, Japan Dojo Leader: Takahashi Toru 高橋 亨, kyoshi 7-dan Construction Type: insitu-concrete frame; steel roof frame Summary: A large semi-purpose built … Continue reading

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Metabolism at Mori Museum メタボリスム 森美術館

The Mori Art Museum (森美術館), located on the 53rd Floor of Mori Tower in Tokyo’s Roppongi (六本木) district, is currently holding an exhibition titled “Metabolism, The City of the Future, Dreams and Visions of Reconstruction in Postwar and Present-Day Japan” … Continue reading

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