Mugairyu International Tournament

There aren't very many times or places that you are able to see almost four hundred people decked out in kimonos and carrying swords, but the annual Mugairyu International (swordsmanship) Tournament is one time that you can. This year's tournament took place on July 29 in Chuuo ku, Tokyo. People from as far away as … Continue reading Mugairyu International Tournament


Ultra Musical Bakumatsu Rock!!!

It's coming back!!!!!!! Ultra Musical Bakumatsu Rock, the highly fictionalized account of Matthew Perry arriving in Japan, meeting Sakamoto Ryouma and battling through music will be back this December!!!!! With the same phenomenal cast as last year, including Rachi Shinji as Ryouma, Sasaki Yoshihide as Okita Souji, Kanesaki Kentarou as Matthew Perry and Kimeru as … Continue reading Ultra Musical Bakumatsu Rock!!!

Mugairyu Performance

Last weekend, I took part in my first Mugairyu Performance at Shinjuku's Akasaka Jinja Shrine!!¬†   ¬†Before going any farther, a short explanation: Iai Mugairyu.........what is it??? Mugairyu is a style of swordsmanship that started about 300 years ago with Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi. It is characterized by no more movement than necessary ("Mugairyu" literally translates … Continue reading Mugairyu Performance