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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…

Pay Voluntary Tax and Receive a Sword From Japan’s City of Blades!

The Japanese economy has been struggling for several decades now. It has been facing deflation and slow growth. In order to survive, the consumption tax on commodities and goods has been increased. Additionally, there are other kinds of taxes being paid by the citizens to the government such as income tax, enterprise tax, property tax,…

Ninja Wannabe? Train to Become One at the Ninja Academy in Nara!

Do you ever think, “Man, I wish I could do that!” when you watch Naruto? In feudal Japan, a ninja, otherwise known as shinobi, must learn to fight with agility and strength, slipping in and out of missions while remaining practically invisible to their foes. Becoming a true ninja takes years of dedicated and specialized…

Learn to Make Your Own Knife from a Japanese Swordsmith

The Japanese sword or “katana” is one of the most iconic images of Japan around the world and the masters who make these weapons in the traditional way are becoming increasingly rare. In Gifu, however, you can spend the day with a government certified master swordsmith and even try your hand at the forge as…

Meet Japan’s last samurai: Joe Okada

Do Samurais still exist? Do you ever wonder if the Samurai you saw in the movies or know from the stories still exist? Moreover, have you ever wondered if you can meet them on your trip to Japan? I too, have asked myself those questions. upload.wikimedia.org/ Actually, samurais disappeared a long time ago. In Japan,…

Chanbara, “Sword fighting movies”

What is Chanbara One classic staple of Japanese cinema is the chanbara genre. Chanbara, meaning “Sword fighting movies”, are a sub-genre of Jidaigeki or period dramas. Chanbara is films that focus on samurai, ronin, or ninja. They have been incredibly influential on western cinema if you have seen a big action movie you have very…