Japan trip 2016 -Hitoyoshi Cultural Center enbu

On October 17, the city of Hitoyoshi held a benefit to help victims of the Kumamoto earthquake which struck six months earlier. It was a showcase of traditional Japanese arts including the Martial Art of the Taisha-ryu which was founded in the area nearly 450 years ago. Happily, my only job on the day was to take photos. Here are a few them both backstage and from the audience.

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Training with the Saga Study Group

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The modern dojo in the country side

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Prospective students came to meet Yamamoto -sensei. They are preformers in ninja shows at the Hizenyumekaido.

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In the Hizenyumaikaido

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There are now five study groups in Japan to which Yamamoto-sensei visits regularly.They are in Kagoshima, Saga, Hiroshima, Osaka and Tokyo. Two days ago I joined Yamamoto-sensei and Uehara-soke to go to train with the Saga group who practice in two different dojos; one is a modern building in the Ureshima country side, and the other in an old theatre they are allowed to use in a Ninja amusment  park called the  Hizenyumekaido. Here some photos of the training and the place.

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Today’s training…

Hyoho Taisha-ryu Australia keikokai (study group) is still just the two of us – Go-san and I which is why the posting on this blog is infrequent – nothing much to tell. However, I’m going to the Yatsushiro dojo in Japan this week for ten days Intensive Training and will be going to the Saga dojo for practice and also to couple of enbu (demonstrations) at Hitoyoshi and Nishiki-machi festivals. For R&R I’m going to climb Mt. Takachio in Kirishima. I will try to post often while I’m there to explain more about the current state of the Taisha-ryu and also lots of photos of training and around some of the most beautiful parts of Kyushu.

A few shots of todays training below.

 

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News from Japan

Taisha-ryu’s 15th soke

Grading-March 2015.

Grading-March 2015 – Uehara Eriko with back to the camera.

Hyoho Taisha-ryu has announced that on the 1st of August 2015, Uehara Eriko-sensei will become the 15th soke of Hyoho Taisha-ryu Kenjutsu. In a lineage that dates back nearly 450 years from the late 16th century she will be the first ever woman to lead our ryu.

In the gallery below – Tazoe-sensei and Uehara-sensei at the 33rd annual Asakusa Taikai enbu in Tokyo 11th April, 2015.

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