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Art video: Japanese ink wash painting at Toyokuni Atelier (Tokyo)

Watch the cool Get Japan video “Japanese Ink Wash Painting” (59 seconds) to learn about Toyokuni Atelier in Tokyo city then give it a thumb up 🙂 You can see original painted scrolls & postcards of Daruma, cats, dragons, etc. for sale and the artist HONDA Yuta drawing bamboo on paper with a brush during a lesson! If needed, activate the subtitles in English, French…

Our French guide accompanied several travellers to this nice art gallery during 1-day tours to introduce the Japanese culture and sumi-e traditional ink wash painting. Families with children particularly enjoyed the sumi-e activity in English (or in French thanks to the guide)! Think about it when you travel to Asia 🙂

Shopping in Tokyo: Buy a sword, kendo armour… at Shobu-do-sangyo

Go near Suidobashi station in Tokyo to find high-quality iaido and bamboo swords, kendo armours (tailored), related equipment, books…
Buy a sword, kendo armour... at Shobu-do-sangyo (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Typical prices:

  • Practice sword for iaido: 31000-212000 yens
  • Full kendo armour set: 45000-1060000 yens

Open: 11:00-19:00 (Sunday and public holidays: 11:00-18:00)

Phone: (+81) 03-3815-0411
Credit cards: Accepted.
Labels: Japanese.

Shobu-do-sangyo is the specialist shop 11 in the section B2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Free map: North of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan).

Sumi-e painting lessons from 1000 yens at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Tokyo)

Experience painting on Japanese traditional paper Washi! Master Toyokuni teaches sumi-e ink wash painting at all levels in English or Japanese during lessons of 90 minutes at Toyokuni Atelier Studio 🙂 Make a reservation and bring 5.000 yens per person.

As a special offer for foreigners only, his son Yuta teaches sumi-e to beginners in English or Japanese during lessons of 30 minutes. No reservation needed; just bring 1.000 yens per person. You typically draw a simple cat’s face to get used to the brush and black ink then see how to paint a Daruma, bamboo or landscape with mountains and rivers.

For practical reasons, each lesson at the art gallery between Jimbocho and Kudanshita subway stations (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) is limited to 5 students. Contact the Yes in Japan team to request special arrangements for bigger groups or professionals on business trip in Japan.
Sumi-e painting with Kintaro, a carp and Mount Fuji at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector in bamboo at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward)

Shopping for kendo equipment in Tokyo this week? You can buy fine kendo armours such as this “do” chest protector made of bamboo at Shobu-do-sangyo specialist shop!
Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward).

If you attend a martial arts training or tournament at the Nippon-budokan, walk 15-20 minutes or ride a subway from Kudanshita station to Suidobashi station (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo) to reach Shobu-do-sangyo specialist shop! The Japanese staff speaks little English; ask our travel agency if you need translation services (English and French at the moment).

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kendo = 剣道, Chest protector = 胴 (do).
  • Shobu-do-sangyo = 尚武堂産業株式会社 (Shobu-do-sangyo kabushiki-gaisha).
  • Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Bunkyo ward = 文京区 (Bunkyo-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Lunch in Tokyo: Daily set at Marebito tea house (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward)

Today’s lunch savoured at Marebito tea house: the daily set with bamboo, duck, tofu, miso soup containing eggplant, rice topped with tea leaves…
Lunch in Tokyo: Daily set at Marebito tea house (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward).

To finish, a soft cup of “bancha” tea!
Cup of bancha tea at Marebito teahouse (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo).

If you like tasty ingredients and Japanese tea, walk a few minutes from Jimbocho station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) to reach Marebito tea house! You can even order your lunch in English 🙂

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Bancha = 番茶.
  • Marebito = まれびと.
  • Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Japanese martial arts tournaments/championships in Tokyo: June 2014 calendar

Fans of Japanese martial arts, go see an impressive tournament/championship of judo, jukendo, karate, kendo or kyudo in June 2014 at the Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). End Spring or begin Summer in Japan with the pleasure to see skilled Japanese boys and girls, men and women live their passion!

Notes: Judo and karate are practised without weapon, jukendo with an armour and a rifle replica, kendo with an armour and bamboo sword, kyudo with a bow and arrows.
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

If you wish to walk from your hotel to the Nippon-budokan, consider booking at Hotel Grand Palace. If you prefer a different style of hotel, you can walk a bit longer or ride a subway from Hotel Niwa Tokyo (Suidobashi station), Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan (Jimbocho station) or Tokyo Dome Hotel (Suidobashi station).

To also admire real Japanese swords, go shopping for equipment or learn about the Japanese culture, history, samurai, ninja… we recommend you to reserve a 1-day personalized tour in Tokyo or Kamakura during your trip in Japan!

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

09 June 2014: 36th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If the Japanese Way of the Warrior attracts you, attend the surprising 36th All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament on Monday 09 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)… Athletic Japanese elders (men and women) will compete with armours and bamboo swords using kendo techniques (Way of The Sword) or wooden replicas of rifles using jukendo techniques (Japanese martial art of bayonet fighting) in front of the general public! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 14:30…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Enjoy real Japanese holidays by watching kendo and jukendo fights this Spring! If you wish to stay at a hotel close to the Nippon-budokan, consider booking at Hotel Grand Palace. To also learn about real samurai weapons and culture, we recommend you to reserve our 1-day tour “Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo” or to request a personalized Yes in Japan tour 🙂 Note that we can also help you buy kendo equipment in Tokyo…

Live a unique experience when you travel to Japan!

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • All Japan Elders Martial Arts Tournament = All Japan Koreisha Budo Taikai = 全日本高齢者武道大会 (Zen-nippon-koreisha-budo-taikai).
  • Kendo = 剣道, Jukendo = 銃剣道, Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Cherry chopsticks & Bamboo cups in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo)

You can buy elegant Japanese chopsticks made from cherry trees and very light cups made from bamboo at Kukan-kobo Takuya, high-quality shop specialized in wooden products near Akihabara station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo). Wouldn’t they make great souvenirs or gifts from your travel in Japan?

Shopping photo 1: Reddish chopsticks made using the bark of a cherry tree.
Japanese chopsticks made from a cherry tree, sold in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo) in May 2014.

Shopping photo 2: Extremely light cups made from bamboo.
Bamboo cups sold in Akihabara (Chiyoda, Tokyo) in May 2014.

Our team found this cosy shop with great smells of wood on Sunday while exploring Akihabara area to prepare tomorrow’s personalized tour. We’d be glad to take you there too if you wish 🙂

Note: All the labels are written in Japanese language.

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kukan-kobo Takuya = 空間工房卓屋.
  • Bamboo = 竹 (Take), Cherry tree = 桜の木 (Sakura-no-ki).
  • Akihabara = 秋葉原, Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

08 June 2014: 56th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament at Nippon-budokan (Tokyo)

If you enjoy kendo or wish to discover the Japanese “Way of the Sword”, go watch the great 56th Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament on Sunday 08 June 2014 at Nippon-budokan (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)… Japanese corporations and companies will send their best kendo practitioners to compete as teams (men and women) with armours and bamboo swords in front of the general public! You can enter for free from 08:00 to watch everything from 09:00 to 17:00…
Nippon-budokan in Tokyo (Japan) in 2014.

Give a special touch to your Spring trip in Japan by watching kendo fights that weekend 🙂 For a convenient hotel near the Nippon-budokan, check Hotel Grand Palace. To also admire real samurai swords or go shopping for kendo equipment, why not join our Insight Into Japanese Arts In Tokyo 1-day tour? Enjoy your travel in Japan, enjoy the Japanese culture and traditions!

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kanto Corporations and Companies Kendo Tournament = 関東実業団剣道大会 (Kanto-jitsugyodan-kendo-taikai).
  • Kendo = 剣道 (Kendo), Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京, Kanto = 関東.