martial arts

Seeking Self-Discovery? Try Out Yamabushi-do Training in the Japanese Mountains!

Yamabushi are Japanese mountain people who believe in connecting with nature in order to gain inner power. These people usually make pilgrims to temples and shrines, pray and study hard, perform rituals and help villagers to understand their religion. As of this year, Megurun Inc. and Daishobo, a pilgrim lodge, are launching a mountain training…

The Ninja Crisis: What Is the Reason Behind the Shortage of Ninja in Japan?

Ninja (忍者) is one of the famous images that represent Japan. They are known to many as agents who specialized in espionage and infiltration during the olden days of Japan. So much so that it is even portrayed in popular culture in the West like in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the G.I. Joe series, and…

How Do You Bring a Sword In and Out of Japan? All About Japanese Sword Laws

Japan is famous for its martial arts such as Karate (空手), Judo (柔道), Kendo (剣道), Aikido (合気道), Jujutsu (柔術), Sumo (相撲), and others. Some of these martial arts, especially Kendo, involve swordsmanship which makes them interesting activities. Many people practice using a bamboo sword or a plastic sword at a training school since it is…

A Beginner’s Guide to the Japanese Martial Art of Kendo

Have you ever heard of kendo (剣道)? It’s a type of Japanese martial arts. A kendo player wears armor and fights with a bamboo stick called “shinai (竹刀).” By hitting your opponent in the right place with the shinai, you will gain a point. There are four parts of the body that you should aim…

Top 7 Must-Visit Spots in Japan for Martial Arts Masters in Training

There are tourists that come to Japan for the food or the anime and then there are tourists that come to Japan with a specific purpose in mind. Japanese martial arts are experiencing a surge in popularity around the world. There are tourists who travel to Japan (or want to travel to Japan) specifically to…

Want to Lose Weight the Japanese Way? 4 Fun Ways to Get Fit in Japan

Japanese people are typically slimmer than any other nationalities around the world. Have you ever wondered why? It is primarily because both young and old have the tendency to cut the carbs in their diet. If you ever find yourself staying in Japan for quite a while, it would be best to stay fit the…

8 Places to Buy Quality Martial Arts and Samurai Gears in Tokyo

Japan has long been the hub when it comes to samurai and martial arts training. In fact, a number of foreigners who want to master a specific art would visit the country to train under the best schools and mentors teaching various fighting types such as Aikido (合気道) and Judo (柔道). Whether you’re trying to…

What Is the Concept of ”Mushin” and Why Is It Important?

The word “mushin” is comprised of two kanji characters – “無” (mu), meaning “nothingness”, and “心” (shin), meaning “heart,” “spirit,” or, in this case “mind.” In this way, mushin can be roughly translated to “nothing mind” or “no mind.” It comes from a longer phrase used in Zen Buddhism, “無心の心”(mushin no shin), or “mind of…

Kyudo: The ’Way of the Bow’ as a Traditional Japanese Form of Art

Japan is home to many martial art traditions where some are only recognized within Japan. One example of this is “kyudo,” a Japanese martial art originating from the samurai class. For most practitioners in Japan, Kyudo is an art form and literally means “way of the bow” which is also linked to ancient Shinto tradition.…
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