To become a real samurai, go to Tohoku

To become a real samurai, go to Tohoku


To become a real samurai, go to Tohoku

“Chivalry is a flower no less indigenous to the soil of Japan than its emblem, the cherry blossom”
—Inazo Nitobe

More than 100 years ago, the book Bushido that depicts the way of life and the spirit of the proud samurai became a best seller. Its author, Inazo Nitobe, was born in a mysterious region of Japan, a region cold and covered with snow in winter and where uncharted and magnificent mountains and forests still remain today: the Tohoku region.

To the north, far away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, full of new technology and neon lights, there is a region where people have inherited the spirit of bushido and still value courtesy and honour. This region, the Tohoku, is still inhabited by real samurai who dedicated their life to training their mind and body in disciplines of samurai created hundreds of years ago, such as kenjutsu sword art and horsemanship.

There is a man living in that region who has been training to mount horses since his childhood, and once he became a young man, decided to wear the armour passed down for many generations in his family to participate in traditional mounted battles that lived on for more than 1000 years. There is also a different person is that region who is developing his skill at Iai, a sword technique developed by samurai approximately 450 years ago, by swinging his sword every day in a shrine.

Kenjutsu, archery, horsemanship, zazen meditation, unification of the mind through tea ceremony… If you go to the Tohoku region, you will have the opportunity to learn traditional martial arts and the noble Japanese spirit of bushido that came from the samurai. All practitioners coming from foreign countries, even those who do not speak Japanese or who are beginners, will certainly be welcomed warmly by the very respectful samurai. If you want to become a real samurai, there is one destination: the Tohoku.

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