Category Archives: budo

Kōdōkan Taishijō 弘道館対試場

While not properly speaking a dōjō, the last post briefly mentioned a space known as a taishijō (対試場). Often seen in chanbara (Japanese swordplay) films, this is an outdoor area for budō demonstration and competition. They were part of a … Continue reading

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Kyōto Butokuden 京都武徳殿

Dōjō Name: Kyōto Butokuden (京都武徳殿); now officially Kyōto City Budō Center (京都市武道センター) Arts Practiced: various Location: adjacent to Heian-Jingū, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto City, Kyōto Prefecture Construction Type: large scale timber frame Completion Date: Meiji/明治 32 (1899) Summary: A large scale dōjō … Continue reading

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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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24th Tōkyō Prefectural Jōdō Taikai 第24回東京都杖道大会

Yesterday, Sunday 8 July 2012, saw the 24th Tōkyō Prefectural Jōdō Taikai held at Sugamo High School. A jōdō ikkyū shinsa (grading) was also held. I am happy to report that not only do I now hold the ikkyū rank … Continue reading

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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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