Course Info

Katana and Zen
The Culture of Bushido~

¥ 12,000

This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of Bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle.

Program

Form Practice

Before being given a real blade it is important to master the basics. We will begin our training using wooden practice swords and instruct you on the proper grip, posture, and form.
A Real Katana

After learning the basics, the next step is to wield a real katana, and use it to cut though a goza mat. We will place the goza mat vertically on a special stand and you can put your sword skills to the test.
Zen

To wrap up the course you will be learn how to meditate using singing bowls. A singing bowl is a type of bell, the sounds of which help to clear and calm the mind. Though this deep meditation you will be able to dissipate some of the excitement from practicing with the sword and also learn ways in which Zen meditation can assist you in your daily life as well.

Course Time

Approximately 120min ( 10:00 - 12:00 / 13:00 - 15:00 / 15:00 - 17:00 )

Master Profile

Masato Tabata

I started learning Karate, Judo, Kendo, and other martial arts from my early childhood.
At the age of 14, I went to study at the Shaolin Monastery in Henan, China.
My passion towards Japanese art, culture, and martial arts deepened overseas, which leads to learning Iaido (Japanese sword arts), traditional art, and musical instruments.
At the age of 16, I joined the “Maidaiko Asuka-gumi”, a professional Japanese drumming troupe, obtaining the chance to travel Japan and the world.
At the same time, I started studying traditional Japanese dance, the Shakuhachi, and Shinobue flutes.
Later, I studied Noh, "the music and drama of warriors," under Hisanori Kongo and Tatsunori Kongo, the 26th and 27th headmasters of the Kongo School, one of Noh's five famous Shitekata schools.
I am willing to engage in spreading Japanese culture not only across Japan, but also across the world.