Zen and Pine tree

On January 3rd, I went to Shouinji(松蔭寺) temple. Shouinji is known as the temple where Hakuin Ekaku zenji(白隠 慧鶴 禅師) entered to the Buddhist priesthood. Hakuin zenji is famous for the restorer of Rin…

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About The Black Uniform

我が黒衣 修行の汚れ 秘めるとも 武徳貶む 穢れ隠さず 辛卯師走 不動庵 碧洲齋 【meaning】 My black uniform hide the dirt which caused of discipline, But, it doesn't hide the dirt which demean the dignity of Bugei. Decemb…

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The 6th day of Rohatsu zazen term

Every year, I can feel my zen feeling is getting deep in 5-6th day of Rohatsu term. Yesterday, one of the gentleman who sat the next to me received the hitting on the shoulder. At that time, the s…

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Fudoan dojo of one day

Last night, there were only 2 students at the dojo. Include me, 3 of us trained. 【受身/Ukemi】 Ukemi, 5-6 kinds of ukemi with bokken. Doing ukemi with weapon is easy. But it is difficult to doin…

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Five Elements "技 術 芸 道 法"

技/waza : It was the symbol of holding thin branch for handling. Then, it changed to "technique". Now, we use this kanji for simply basic technique. I can say that is "kihon". Besides diligence, …

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Master

Rinzairoku, Chapter Anroku If the enlightenment level of a student is same as the master's, it will decrease the virtue of the master. Owning the superior enlightenment more than the master is the r…

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The Idea of Uniform "衣更"

In Japan, all of the uniform is the symbol of the obligation of the organization which you belong to. I can say Japanese people believe that the all of clothes are showing the obligation which you…

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"禮(礼)" and "Politeness"

*This is just my thought and I am not going to point the superiority. Since I started to practice Bugei, I've seen so many foreign students who visit to Japan. Most of them study Bugei very honest…

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WIN, "勝つ", "克つ"

In Japanese language, there are two kind of "win". "勝つ(katsu)" and "克つ(katsu)". We are clearly using these two words properly. Many Japanese are always trying to get both of "win" in our l…

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The way of use the word "sensei"

Since I entered to Bujinkan, I've met lot of culture gap. Unfortunately, from the view of a Japanese, like me, some of manners are seriously ignored, I can say. If you are trying to study "JAPA…

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A Japanese custom

I would like to introduce one of Japanese custom. It may be interesting. It is the way of calling person name in Japanese society. In Japanese society, when we call someone, we often d…

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Punching to Emptiness

There are some of the people who seems very sorry around me. I am not holy man, nor wisdom man, of course, I am not so kind. Therefore, I don't pray for them, nor correct them. They can't under…

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SAMURAI, POET, GRACEFUL

Ota Dokan (1432-1486) 太田道灌(Ota Dokan) is known as famous castle planner samurai in Japanese history. He built original Edo castle, the castle of Tokugawa. He also built Iwatsuki castle,…

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修行(SHUGYO)

修行(SHUGYO) is translated as practice, training, study, ascetic and discipline. By my sense, I believe 修行 is including all of these meaning. Unfortunately, I couldn't find out suitable word …

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Anger "怒"

The kanji of anger "怒" is the complex of "奴" and "心". "奴" is meaning of slave. I can say that it is meaning the person who doesn't have any mental activity. "心" is mind and the human heart. Unf…

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利休道歌(Rikyu Doka) Vol.8

利休道歌(Rikyu Doka) Vol.8 【Original】 右の手を 扱ふ時は わが心 左の方に あるとしるべし 【Hiragana】 みぎのてを あつかうときは わがこころ ひだりのほうに あるとしるべし 【Roman】 Miginotewo Atsukautokiwa Wagakokoro Hidarinohoun…

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利休道歌(Rikyu Doka) Vol.7

【Original】 1) 点前には 強みばかりを 思ふなよ 強きは弱く 軽く重かれ 2) 何にても 道具扱う たびごとに 取る手は軽く 置く手重かれ 【Hiragana】 1) てまえには つよみばかりを おもうなよ つよきはよわく かるくおもかれ 2) なににても どうぐあつかう たびごとに とるてはかるく お…

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Bow and handshaking

Think that except oneself, all are masters. When I train myself, I always think like that. I'm quite sure they are absolutely perfect professional masters. All of things. All of creatures. A…

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The Godan

In my Bugei group, Godan (5th dan) is one of the big step. When a disciple received Go-dan, he can also apply for the certification of the sensei. From my viewpoint, so many disciples totally misun…

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About playing to Uke

Tori: Technique player Uke : Technique receiver It seems that many disciples regard Uke as "support for Tori". But please consider about it. You play Uke in the half of keiko at dojo. If you t…

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The little miscellaneous of Bugei

Since I have entered to this dojo, I always meet so many foreign disciples at the dojo. Maybe our school is one of the most internationalized group in Japanese martial arts. I really proud of it. …

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When does the practice begin?

In Japan, we use lot of English. Especially, English sound like smart. We use "トレーニング" as "training". We use "レッスン" as "lesson". We use "スタディ" as "study". But, when we practice something traditi…

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BUGEI & BUDO

After rebuilt my website, I have been using "BUGEI" instead of martial arts. I would like to explain the reason. In English, Budo(武道) is translated as "martial arts". The concept of martial art…

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The meaning of Real Bugeisha

One guest often comes to the class which I am training. He is more than 70years old and sensei of Aikido. He was teaching Aikido the next of our space in the place before. I think now he has some…

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利休道歌(Rikyu Doka) Vol.6

【Original】 点前には 弱みをすてて ただ強く されど風俗 いやしきを去れ 【Hiragana】 てまえには よわみをすてて ただつよく されどふうぞく いやしきをされ 【Roman】 Temaeniwa Yowamiwosutete tadatsuyoku Saredo fuzoku Iyashikiwo sare 【Me…

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利休道歌(Rikyu Doka) Vol.5

【Original】 上手には すきと器用と 功積むと この三つそろふ 人ぞ能くしる 【Hiragana】 じょうずには すきときようと こうつむと このみつそろう ひとぞよくしる 【Roman】 Jozuni wa Sukito kiyouto Kou tsumuto Konomitsu sorou Hitozo yokushiru …

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利休道歌(Rikyu Doka) Vol.4

Confucius seemed to have asked the person anything when there was a thing did not know. When somebody criticized Confucius, he insisted that it "was courtesy to ask what I did not know" back. Resu…

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利休道歌(Rikyu Doka) Vol.2

【Original】 習いつつ 見てこそ習え 習はずに よしあしいうは 愚かなりけり 【Hiragana】 ならいつつ みてこそならえ ならわずに よしあしいうは おろかなりけり 【Roman】 naraitsutsu mitekosonarae narawazuni yoshiashiiuwa orokanarikeri The …

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