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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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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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Tokyo Budokan 東京武道館

First, apologies for the long period of inactivity. I have not been able to find time to work on this blog as much as I would like lately. I am happy to announce passing my iaido shodan shinsa (first dan … Continue reading

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Muku Flooring 無垢フローリング

After seeing the post on Yushinkan, George McCall of kenshi247.net sent me a link to Muku Flooring’s blog. The blog features several dojo flooring projects and is full of mouth watering photos. There is also some technical explanations about wood … Continue reading

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Kendo-Kyoju Yushinkan 剣道教授 宥辰館

Dojo Name: Kendo-Kyoju Yushinkan 剣道教授 宥辰館 Arts Practiced: Kendo Location: Kami-Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan Dojo Leader: Takahashi Yoko 高橋 洋子 Architect/Builder: Koyama 小山一級建築士事務所/株式会社小山エ務所 Summary: A family run dojo with a traditional interior including a traditionally constructed sprung floor.

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