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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.
Kyoto station, waiting to be picked up and taken to "Samurai Kenbu" to learn how to be a samurai.
We were met by the friendly staff from "Samurai Kenbu." I thought samurai were scary!
We all set off on the adventure.
We were then picked up at Otsu station by the staff.
On the way to the "doujou" we could see Biwako.
The "doujou" looked just like a western style house until you got inside.
We were given refreshments and told about the way of Bushido.
The way of the samurai is called 'Bushido'
A video of the teachers showed us what we were going to do.
I hope no one gets killed.
We were all enthralled with the skill of the teachers.
The instructions were all in English. I was a bit worried about the 'strike' part!!
There were swords of all lengths and weights to suit everyone.
Even Grandma wanted to have a go.
Always hold the sword with your finger so that it won't fall out.
Sit correctly with your hands on your thighs.
Thrust your sword in front of you.
I'm ready for any attacker!
The girls especially loved choosing the color of the kimono.
The staff helped us get belted up.
Grandma getting fitted in purple.
Grandpa looks great.
Don't I look fantastic.
Everyone ready to go!
Everyone looks a bit nervous about what's coming up.
Everything was explained slowly and clearly.
Step forward with your sword in front!
Someone's having a bit of trouble getting her sword out!
Ready to kill someone!
One of the best experiences of my life!
Look at me, I've got a sword too! (Don't worry it's not sharp.)
The men making their pose.
Arm out straight.
Pull the sword out.
Thank you to the teacher.
Ready for anything!
We don't look quite so dangerous.
What a great pose!
We even got to take home the neck scarves.
The staff took lots of photos for us.
Which photos shall we choose?
Our favorite photos were put in a frame as a souvenir.
Grandpa was so proud of his picture!
We wrote thank you notes to the staff on the photos.