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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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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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Jigen-ryu Hyoho 示現流兵法

Dojo Name: Jigen-ryu Center for Swordsmanship Arts Practiced: Jigen-ryu Hyōhō 示現流兵法 (koryu kenjutsu 古流剣術) Location: Kagoshima City, Kagoshima-ken, Japan Current Headmaster: Togo Shigenori 東郷 重徳 Summary: A famous four centuries old swordsmanship school with an earthen floor dojo and striking … 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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