Friday, January 05, 2007

Visit Yagyu, the birth place of "Yagyu Shinkage Ryu" and try sword skills

Happy New Year!!

Thank you for those people who joined the year-ending party at NARACAFE YOUAN!!
We went to Kasuga Shrine, a big historical shrine in Nara together at midnight and celebrate the new year's day.

It was really nice and we had fun talking to strangers in the line for the shrine;)

*** The first event this year!!
Visit Yagyu, the birth place of "Yagyu Shinkage Ryu" and try sword skills***

Wanna try sword skills in a historical Dojo(swordmanship gym) with the real teacher of "Yagyu Shinkage Ryu"?!

* place: Masakizaka Dojo(swordmanship gym) in Yagyu
* time: Jan 13th 2pm-
* price: 3000yen for the training, 1000yen for the party
* how to get there: 8am @Kintetsu Nara station to walk there
or contact
if you prefer going by car.
* stay: contact for staying at NARACAFE YOUAN

*Yagyū Shinkage Ryū (柳生新陰流) is one of the oldest Japanese school of swordsmanship or kenjutsu. Its name roughly means "Yagyū New Shadow School," Yagyu being the name of the family which came to head the school at the end of the 16th century. It grew out of a school headed by Kamiizmi Nobutsuna, who namedYagyu Muneyoshi his successor in 1565. Today, the Yagyū school remains one of the most widely practiced schools of Japanese swordsmanship.

Yagyu Tajima founded the Yagyū Shinkage (Yagyu New Shadow) school of swordsmanship -- to this day Japan's greatest and most famous.
According to historical documents, by 1631 Tajima's eldest son (Yagyu) Jubei had demonstrated himself to be the best swordsman of the Yagyu clan. The mystery of his legend revolves around the fact that in 1631 he was suddenly (for unknown reasons) dismissed from the Shogun's service. Nothing is recorded of Jubei until his sudden reappearance before the Shogun 12 years later in a demonstration of his (newly) learned sword skills after which the Shogun immediately re-employed his services.

YOKOSO to NARA! Feel historical and cultural old capital here!



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