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Tracing back Japanese history, “Samurai” started as a kind of security guard of nobility, then in the era of Edo when the society became stable, took the highest status and only position allowed to carry a sward in the social structure. On the other hand, it is often said that Samurai, who had often lived in poverty, had been no match for merchants who do business. Even so, it may be said that samurai’s attitude of trying to keep their mind noble has been shaping the image of the samurai that we are longing for. Now, we will introduce places where you can take pictures in costume of a samurai, where you can learn how to use genuine Japanese swords, and where you can experience the town in which the times of the samurai were reproduced.
From the perspective of sword and zen, you can learnSamurai culture at Kyoto Samurai Experience.
(KSE). It is the biggest point that you can experience a real sword, and at the end of the activity, you will cut the goza with a shin-ken (a real sword). Through these experiences, you will not only experience the Samurai but also be able to touch Japanese spirit.
“Nikko” is well known for Nikko Toshogu, where Ieyasu Tokugawa who developed a foundation of the era called “Edo” was laid to rest. “Edo” is the era famous for having kept peace for over 250 years, which is rare in the world. AtEdo Wonderland Nikko Edomura in Nikko that is deeply related “Edo”, you can experience “Town of Edo” where cultures had blossomed for long, while enjoying nearby spa town. It is a theme park where, throughout the year, you can enjoy the scenery as if you had slipped back in time to 400 years ago. In the theme park, there are various attractions, such as Oiran Dochu (parade) and the judgment of Minami Municipal Office, and you can have many chances to meet people who dressed as Samurai. At a kimono rental shop, Samurai experience program in which you can transform into a samurai and learn manners is irregularly held.
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