Let’s travel back to the time of the Samurai and Ninja!

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29/12/2015 Culture

Japanese Samurai Spirits ~Chushingura~

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Samurai (Ancient Japanese Warriors) Samurai appeared around 1000 years ago in Japanese history. They pledged their loyalty and provided military force for their masters, much like knights in medieval European society. In return, they were given part of the land and guaranteed income for living expenses from their master. For ages, The Samurai had been an army force. However, during the middle Edo period (one of the most peaceful times in Japanese history), they barely worked as warriors and were committed to the feudal government as civil servants. A brief story of Chushingura The Chushingura event was a historical event that happened during the samurai age. Edo Bakufu (the central […]

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06/02/2016 Events

【Special Event: Feb. / Mar.2016】Here comes the much-loved Bushotai Group to Asakusa! “SAMURAI & NINJA SHOW”

Bushotai Group

Travel 400 years back in time to Japan’s Warring States era with this one hour interactive show!

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02/11/2015 Destinations

Take a walk in the Yanaka Cemetery, where the last Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu rests in peace. (Tokyo)

Tokugawa Yoshinobu’s cemetery

Yanaka Cemetery is located near JR and Keisei Nippori stations. It was founded in 1872 when Tenno-ji Cemetery and some parts of Tokugawa’s cemetery were moved there. It’s 100,000 square feet and is considered one of the three largest cemeteries in Japan.

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20/01/2016 Destinations

Hikone Castle is proud of its beautiful exterior!

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There are a total of 5 castles in Japan that are designated as national treasures; Matsumoto Castle, Inuyama Castle, Hikone Castle, Himeji Castle and Matsue Castle. Today, I’d like to introduce Hikone Castle, which has history of 400 years. Its castle tower is really cool and the turrets and Genkyuen are also spectacular. The castle walls surrounded by a two-tiered moat have been kept the same as they were 400 years ago, and you’ll feel like you traveled back to the Edo period. There’s also a nostalgic shopping area called “Castle Road”, around the castle.

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22/07/2014 Destinations

Introduction of festivals held in July and August (Fukushima,Yamagata,Miyagi).

“Soma-Nomaoi festival” Hot summer festivals in the northlands! Let’s go and enjoy festivals that will stir the soul! “Soma-Nomaoi festival” < p class=”mgB40″>If you could have the chance to watch armored samurai dashing the plains on horseback, wouldn’t you want to see that? The Soma Nomaoi is a wild horse chasing festival with over 1000 years of history. It was said to mark the beginnings of military exercises at the time. In the present day, over 500 warriors on horseback will re-enact the Warring States era in this heroic and beautiful festival. Schedule: July 26th to July 28th, 2014 Tadaima Japan will be covering these events for the year 2014 […]

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20/07/2015 Events

A real samurai battle right before your eyes.“Soma-Nomaoi”, a cavalry battle!(MOVIE)

Starting from the last Saturday in June, “Soma-Nomaoi”is held for 3 days in Soma city, Fukushima Prefecture. More than 500 cavaliers dress in Yoroi helmets from the Sengoku period and run through the staged battlefield of Hibarigahara. The highlight is “Kacchu Keiba”and “Shiki Sodatsusen”, both held on the 2nd day. It feels as if you are viewing an old picture scroll.

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02/12/2015 Destinations

Matsumoto-jo Castle was built 400 years ago to win gun battles (Nagaono Prefecure)

Matsumoto Castle

The impressive, Matsumoto-jo Castle. The oldest castle tower in Japan has 5 tiers and 6 floors, and has been preserved in its current state for 400 years. This black castle is also called “Uzyo” and is one of the most popular. The contrast of the black castle with white snow is especially beautiful. Let me introduce the inside. A castle built for military strategy Along with it’s impressive exterior, Matsumoto Castle is also built for military strategies and gun battles. It has fewer windows and more openings to accommodate gun barrels. Ishitosohi, or openings to drop stones onto soldiers climbing the stone walls, is another impressive feature of this castle. […]

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28/01/2015 Destinations

”Tsuruga Castle”, the Impregnable Castle That Withstood Enemy Attacks for One Month

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The Symbol of Aizuwakamatsu Since Around 630 Years Ago Tsuruga Castle, which is said to have been built around 630 years ago, towers over Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture. Officially it is called Wakamatsu Castle. When it was first built, it was more of a mansion than a castle. Later, a seven-layered main tower was built. It had grand black walls. During the Boshin War, in 1868, Aizu forces withstood attack for a month, and the enemy is said to have struggled tremendously, and hence it is known as the impregnable castle. Later, the deteriorated main tower was demolished, and it was rebuilt with reinforced concrete in 1965. The main tower is […]

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19/06/2015 Destinations

World-class heritage in Japan: ”The remains of Akita Castle”

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The oldest castle in Japan is called “Jōsaku” Akita castle was built in 733 in Akita Prefecture, close to the Sea of Japan. It is the oldest castle in Japan. These old castles are called Jōsaku. This castle features a King and queen who did not actually live there. Most of the people who visited were government officials, like the people who worked for city councils and ward offices. High-ranking officials who came to Japan for the trade and import business visited as well. During their visit, these high-ranking officials and ambassadors were provided with hospitality and exchanged products imported from Hokkaido, Aomori and Akita Prefectures. A 1300 year-old flushing […]

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17/07/2014 Destinations

Katsurahama Beach Overlooking The Pacific Ocean

Japan’s national hero, Ryoma Sakamoto admired this view Located in Kochi prefecture of Shikoku Island is the Katsurahama beach, famous for its lush pine trees, blue water, and white sandy beach. Visitors can get lost in time looking upon the beautiful scenery and large breaking waves on the shoreline. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean is a 13 meter bronze statue of Ryoma Sakamoto, a famous Samurai who was credited with bringing Japan’s Edo period to an end. Every year during the spring and fall season a watchtower is constructed next to his statue allowing visitors to catch his view of the Pacific Ocean. The opening day of the watchtower changes from […]

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06/07/2015 Destinations

You must visit, if you like Japanese history! The hidden village of warrior who prays a peace in Nara Japan

The hidden village 'Yagyu', it takes only one hour from central Nara city by a bus. There has deep conection with Yagyu family who produced famous Japanese warrior.

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11/08/2015 Destinations

“Hiroshima Castle” is one castle that was given an award for Japan’s Top 100 Castles, and is definitely worth seeing if you are into history!

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Hirshima Castle was chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles (2006) and is a very historical castle. It’s grounds, the Hiroshima Joshi Koen Park is very large, and the Dai-tenshu (destroyed by the atomic bomb) is open as a history museum.

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07/10/2015 News

(Oct 10-11th)A must-see event for Busho buffs! The Battle of Sekigahara festival will be held at Sekigahara, Gifu.

The most popular event in Sekigahara town, Gifu Prefecture is the Battle of Sekigahara festival! This event makes you feel as if you were back in time when the states of Japan were at war. We recommend that you stop by this event before or after you visit the other, very popular sightseeing spots of Hida, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Nagoya. What is the Battle of Sekigahara festival? The Battle of Sekigahara festival is a historical reenactment of a battle for dominance over the whole country of Japan in 1600, in the town of Sekigahara, Gifu Prefecture. Many foreign and domestic tourists visit every year. ※The Battle of Sekigahara It was […]

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29/06/2015 Destinations

Let’s go to the Samurai’s village, Yagyu in Nara and eat traditional cuisine at “Jyubee Shokudo”!

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Look at the restaurant’s sign… its logo is two Japanese bamboo hats! The Japanese swordsman’s home village of Yagyu takes about 1 hour to get to from the center of Nara city by bus. It takes about 50 minutes from Kintetsu’s Nara station and Jyube restaurant is just in front of the Yagyu-kami bus stop. Jyube restaurant serves Udon, Soba, various types of rice bowl dishes, and an edible wild plant meal. You can even enjoy eating a wild boar meal during the winter season. Its sign consists of the name of Jyube’s swordsman and two Japanese bamboo hats on a wooden sign. You might see its logo many times, […]

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17/09/2015 Foods & Drinks

You can eat the same kind of fast food that Samurai used to eat from the Edo period! The Japanese tavern, “Miyatogawa” is now open in Edogawa-bashi!

The Edo period’s fast food

In August of 2015, Asakusa’s popular Izakaya, “Miyatogawa” will be open in Edogawa-bashi! They serve the same kind of cuisine that people from the Edo period used to eat. The dishes are made from old literature recipes, and their unique concepts attracts many customers.

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13/11/2015 News

【Special Event: November 20】Here comes the much-loved Bushotai Group to Asakusa! “SAMURAI & NINJA SHOW”

They will soon come to Asakusa, Tokyo Nov 20th. Please visit us if you are in Tokyo! You can see and experience Japanese cultures, such as live action samurai battle scenes, ninja demonstrations, Ozashiki-Asobi (playing games with Geisha) and taiko drumming at this special event. A big musical concert will be held, clacking Naruko(clapper) in all in time to music! Let’s all turn up together! After the show, why don’t you try suiting up in full armor and experiencing Ninja skills? Let’s make a special memory of Japan together! ※About “Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai” Nagoya Omotenashi Bushotai is comprised of 6 bushos (army generals) and 4 jingasa soldiers. The 6 bushos […]

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08/01/2016 Destinations

The image of Byodoin is on the 10-yen Japanese coin. It’s the land of perfect bliss that noble men dreamt about 1,000 years ago.

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In 1052, Yoritomo FUJIWARA took over a villa from his father and made it Byodoin. He enshrined Amida Nyorai as a god. The building was designated as a world heritage site and is the oldest building in Kyoto as of 1994. From September 2012, renovation began and was finished in 2014.
The building was newly born, using traditional red lacquer called ‘Tando’.

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