Meiji Shrine Demonstration
November 3, 1996

Each year on November 3 (Culture Day in Japan, an official holiday), the Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai (Society for the Promotion of Japanese Classical Martial Arts) sponsors a demonstration of the classical martial arts at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. This is not a demonstration meant to entertain an audience; rather it is a hono embu, a demonstration to the spirit of a shrine, in this case the Meiji Emperor who is enshrined (naturally enough) at Meiji Shrine.

This year (1996) fifty-two member traditions were listed in the program (note: not all schools named in the program actually demonstrate, even when they are listed--there are always some last minute no shows, etc.). The event was held outside, as is traditional, despite rather threatening weather.

Below we are pleased to present a few selected photographs from this event. Click on the link below to see the image.

Katori Shinto-ryu
Kyoso (Otake) Shigetoshi of the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu, performing iaijutsu.
Maniwa Nen-ryu
(left to right) Bill Jensen and Matsumoto Sadayoshi of the Maniwa Nen-ryu, performing kenjutsu (habiki).
Shinto Muso-ryu
(left to right) Saito Katsuhiko and Matsui Kenji of the Shindo Muso-ryu, demonstrating jojutsu (kage).
Tenjin Shinyo-ryu
Kubota Toshihiro of the Tenjin Shinyo-ryu with his son, performing jujutsu.
Toda-ha Buko-ryu
(left to right) Diane Skoss and Lisa Fenster of the Toda-ha Buko-ryu, performing naginatajutsu (ai naginata).
Nakamura Taizaburo of the Toyama-ryu, performing battojutsu (tameshigiri).
Yagyu Shinkage-ryu
(left to right) Hirano Noriaki and Nishizawa (Tamura) Koji of the Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, performing kenjutsu (enpi no tachi).

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