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How to become a samurai – Samurai Kembu Short time trip

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Colin Beer (UK)
Christine Beer (UK)
Frances Shiobara (UK)
Mari Shiobara (UK/Japan)
Emi Shiobara (UK/Japan)
Tomoki Shiobara (Uk/Japan)

Date
Mar 29, 2011

Near Kyoto, in Otsu, you can learn how to become a samurai at “Samurai Kembu”. The teachers will explain in English everything about samuri and teach you a traditional samurai sword dance. It is exciting and fun for men and women to get dressed up in kimonos with lots of great photo opportunities.

  • How to become a samurai – Samurai Kembu Short time trip

    Kyoto station, waiting to be picked up and taken to "Samurai Kenbu" to learn how to be a samurai.

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    We were met by the friendly staff from "Samurai Kenbu." I thought samurai were scary!

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    We all set off on the adventure.

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    We were then picked up at Otsu station by the staff.

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    On the way to the "doujou" we could see Biwako.

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    The "doujou" looked just like a western style house until you got inside.

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    We were given refreshments and told about the way of Bushido.

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    The way of the samurai is called 'Bushido'

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    A video of the teachers showed us what we were going to do.

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    I hope no one gets killed.

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    We were all enthralled with the skill of the teachers.

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    The instructions were all in English. I was a bit worried about the 'strike' part!!

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    There were swords of all lengths and weights to suit everyone.

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    Even Grandma wanted to have a go.

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    Always hold the sword with your finger so that it won't fall out.

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    Sit correctly with your hands on your thighs.

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    Thrust your sword in front of you.

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    I'm ready for any attacker!

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    The girls especially loved choosing the color of the kimono.

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    The staff helped us get belted up.

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    Grandma getting fitted in purple.

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    Grandpa looks great.

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    Don't I look fantastic.

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    Everyone ready to go!

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    Everyone looks a bit nervous about what's coming up.

  • How to become a samurai – Samurai Kembu Short time trip

    Everything was explained slowly and clearly.

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    Step forward with your sword in front!

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    Someone's having a bit of trouble getting her sword out!

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    Ready to kill someone!

  • How to become a samurai – Samurai Kembu Short time trip

    One of the best experiences of my life!

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    Look at me, I've got a sword too! (Don't worry it's not sharp.)

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    The men making their pose.

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    Arm out straight.

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    Pull the sword out.

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    Thank you to the teacher.

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    Ready for anything!

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    We don't look quite so dangerous.

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    What a great pose!

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    We even got to take home the neck scarves.

  • How to become a samurai – Samurai Kembu Short time trip

    The staff took lots of photos for us.

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    Which photos shall we choose?

  • How to become a samurai – Samurai Kembu Short time trip

    Our favorite photos were put in a frame as a souvenir.

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    Grandpa was so proud of his picture!

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    We wrote thank you notes to the staff on the photos.

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