Visit this very special place and enjoy a priceless experience learning about the origins of ninjas and samurai.
Start by getting to see a Japanese sword being forged right before your eyes in Nara—the birthplace of the Japanese sword—when you visit the workshop of a skilled swordsmith in Yagyu. The Japanese sword has been called the spirit of the samurai, and the intense focus of the swordsmith as he tempers one of these swords is sure to take your breath away.
Next, visit the prestigious Masakizaka Kenzen Dojo—a holy ground among dojos. This is where Yagyu Shinkage Ryu, a martial art that even the shogun studied, is taught. Yagyu Shinkage Ryu is said to be Japan’s only ancient martial art that does not cultivate a murderous sword that kills, but rather a compassionate sword that achieves victory without cutting one’s opponent.
The art, which asserted that swordsmanship and Zen were one and the same, had a deep impact on Japan’s samurai society and became the basis for bushido.
Change into your very own practice gi and concentrate your mind with zazen meditation at the dojo before learning the foundational sword techniques of the art directly from the head of the Shinkage Ryu school and his disciples.
Experience the spirit of the samurai and learn their techniques to get a glimpse of the essence of bushido, an integral piece of the Japanese spirit.