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Fighting with real Swords – Yasukuni Shrine

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on December 30, 2012

Sometimes people who practice martial arts become so proficient with their weapons that it becomes reasonably safe to start practicing with real weapons instead of the blanks or dummys most mere mortals have to use. At the famous Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo’s Kudanshita district I saw these two elderly masters give a flashing sword fight performance with real blades. Obviously they are well choreographed, but still you would need to be able use the weapons very well in order to be able to perform these shows regularly. Yasukuni Shrine is a great place to go to see classic Japanese culture for free. I saw this performance in the morning of the large Mitama Festival in the summer of this year.
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  1. Marie said, on December 30, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Did the blades ever actually meet? Gah, so envious right now!

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    • tokyobling said, on December 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Many times! It looked impressive but it didn’t sound at all like in the movies, ka-ching! (^-^)

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  2. Irina Kolak said, on December 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Wow, awesome!

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  3. benjudkins said, on December 31, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Nice writeup and great pictures. Thanks for the report.

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