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

300年以上の歴史がここに!サムライや忍者の時代にタイムスリップ(~2017/04/20)

06/07/2015 Writter: Hideki Motosue
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You must visit, if you like Japanese history! The hidden village of warrior who prays a peace in Nara Japan.

The hidden village of a great swordsman The village of ‘Yagyu’ takes about one hour from the Kintetsu station by the bus in Nara. It is from lively Nara station around to pass the way in the mountain and then arrived the mountains surround the village. The peaceful mountains surround village inside, there is silent scene. You will discover something interestings, if you consider not only there nature and historic landscapes but also form of casual house roof and decoration of the bridge by walking. Visiting the great swordsman home village Yagyu is the birthplace of Yagyu Shinkage-ryu that is one kind of representative swordplay in Japan. There also famous […]

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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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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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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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”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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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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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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“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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The history of Hiroshima Castle, as a center for the military Hiroshima Castle is said to have been established in 1599. Before that, Takeda governed it for the defense of Aki Province, but was killed by Mouri Motonari during the Sengoku period. After defeating the Sue in the battle of Itsukushima, Hiroshima was governed by Mouri. The Dai-tenshu built by Mouri Terumoto was registered as national treasure in 1931. It was bombed in 1945 and completely destroyed, because Hiroshima Castle was the headquarters for the military. It was even considered the General Imperial Headquarters, the highest organization of the Japanese military at the time. Learn the samurai culture at the […]

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

Tokugawa Yoshinobu’s cemetery

Welcome to Edo and it’s old world nostalgia. What do you imagine when hearing the word Tokyo? Some might imagine cutting-edge technology, young people in colorful clothes on Harajuku street, modeled locations of your favorite anime, or even the world from the movie, “Lost in Translation”. Tokyo has become such a hip city, but there are still some places where you can experience the nostalgia of old world Tokyo. One such place is Edo, here in Yanaka. We had previously introduced the shopping street, Yanaka Ginza and it’s one of these nostalgic places where you can get unusual handcrafts and tasty food to go. Yanaka Cemetery, which I’ll introduce to […]

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

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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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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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A shrine connected with FUJIWARA, a noble man from the Heian period Byodoin is a famous architectural structure from the Heian period (704~1192). It appeared in the tale of Genji. The shrine was built in the remains of the character’s villa. The tale of Genji is a love story that was written by Murasakishikibu. During this era, high culture was thriving, and you can get an understanding of their glorious lifestyle from the novel. The building and its garden represent the land of perfect bliss that noble men dreamt about 1,000 years ago. At the time when the Byodoin was built, the influence of Buddhism was becoming weak, because of […]

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

The 1000 year-long tradition of“Soma-Nomaoi” July and August are the two months in Japan when most festivals are held. Soma-Nomaoi is one of the largest summer events in the Tohoku region that indicates the coming of summer. It is common to see cavaliers walking streets in the parades all over Japan. Soma-Nomaoi is clearly different from others, because this festival originated during the actual preparation for war battle. The wild horses represent the enemy and the cavaliers in Kacchu armor battle them. The cavaliers here look so majestic and dashy. You might be able to witness the real spirit of the Samurai here. You can’t miss these 3 days! Sat, […]

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

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

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(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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【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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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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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

Have some freshly prepared cuisine that samurai used to love! As you already might know, Tokyo is famous for its wide variety of restaurants! There are so many good restaurants and izakaya (Japanese taverns) in and around each area. The number of Japanese fusion Italian and French restaurants is on the rise, and their definitely worth a try. However, there are not many shops where you can eat the same traditional food that people back in the day used to eat, at cheap prices. If you are visiting Tokyo, you’ll maybe want to try the same type of food that was eaten during the Edo period (1603-1868). The Izakaya, “Miyatogawa” […]

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