Passionate about Aikido, we stand on the mats almost daily. We practice a lot and get the chance to travel a lot too. Whenever possible, we grab the opportunity to combine both and visit various Dojos in Japan. It is always great to practice with many different people, share our knowledge and get inspired by great teachers and masters. Read here our reports on the Dojos and schools we could visit.

Meiji Shrine Yabusame Demonstration

Meiji Shrine Yabusame Demonstration

Japanese traditional horseback archery


Every year, in memory of Emperor Meiji, one of the biggest martial arts demonstrations in Japan takes place, at the so called “Meiji Shrine Yabusame Taikai“. Honoring both, the Emperor Meiji and the gods enshrined at the Meiji Shrine, the event is held in the form of an ancient ceremony that dates back hundreds of years ago.


Yabusame at the Meiji Jingu Shrine

Yabusame at the Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Meiji Kobudo Taikai 2017

Meiji Shrine Kobudo Embu Taikai

Celebrating Emperor Meiji’s Birthday


Every year, in memory of Emperor Meiji, one of the biggest martial arts demonstrations in Japan takes place, the so called “Meiji Shrine Kobudo Embu Taikai”. It is greatly supported by the Shiseikan, a training hall for Japanese Budo including Kyudo (archery), Judo, Kendo, Aikido and Kenjutsu (sword’s practice).


Hojutsu, Japanese traditional Gunnery

Hojutsu, Japanese traditional Gunnery

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Aizome – Japanese Indigo – From the leaf to the Hakama

Aizome – Japanese Indigo on Martial Arts Equipment

Visit to the Nogawa workshop – From the leaf to the Hakama


Aizome dyeing, indigo blue, also known as “Japanese blue”, is a traditional dyeing since the dawn of time. It has long been used in many fields: for working clothes, decorative fabrics to samurai garments and armors. Nogawa Masatoshi, 3rd generation, welcomes us in his studio and introduces to us the traditional indigo as the Nogawa workshop has been making it since 1914.


Indigo Fabric Manufacture for Kendogi at the Nogawa workshop

Indigo Fabric Manufacture for Kendogi at the Nogawa workshop

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