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International exchange event

What is “Iai Battoudoh”?   What is Bushidoh?

〜Let’s  study Japanese culture through “Iai”

( a Japanese martial art of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack)~.

Date: March 9 (Sat), 2019 from 2pm to 4pm

Place: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center  Room 5

Host: Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

On March 9, we had International exchange event inviting four swordsmen and a presenter from Yokohama branch of all Japan Toyama Ryu Iaido Renmei. 27 Japanese (including staffs) and seven foreigners attended the event.

Followings are impressions of Japanese participants.

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A grandmaster and three swordsmen were in a black costume and participated in dignified attitude.

First, each person showed us “Iai” forms. Holding a real sword on his waist, the action of drawing a sword looked exactly like that of Samurai. We felt the atmosphere changed at the performance.

Then a swordswoman, who is going to be a university student from April, showed us the performance to cut a roll of wet tatami straw. She started learning Iai sword drawing from February and could cut the roll of wet tatami straw in a standing positon, which, they say, showed that she had a good aptitude.

A young Japanese lady and a foreigner of the audience challenged to cut a roll of tatami straw. One needs to be very careful not to harm oneself when using a real sword.  After they were instructed how to use a real sword and what they need to be careful of, they could successfully cut a roll of tatami straw handling the sword beautifully, which brought us additional excitement.

After holding the sword up and bowing, they put the sword back to the scabbard at waist. It was the way Samurai behaved respecting order and civility. The figure of swordsman looked very nice even for the eyes of us, present Japanese.  Foreign people should have watched them with interest.

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