41st Kobudo Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan

The 41st edition of the Kobudo Demonstration took place at the Nippon Budokan on Sunday, February, 4th. this year also marked the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, which is also, perhaps, an opportunity to reflect upon the nature of budo (martial way), and the elusive notion of bushido (warrior's way). Like every year, 35 schools, some several hundreds of years old, demonstrated their their art to a crowd of budo enthusiasts who observed attentively in a respectful silence.

Some of the demonstrations that took place on that day

Guillaume Erard
Author: Guillaume Erard
A resident of Japan for nearly a decade, Guillaume Erard trains at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, where he received the 5th Dan from Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. He also holds a 3rd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, the secretive art that Morihei Ueshiba learned from Sokaku Takeda. Erard is the Information Director of the International Aikido Federation and the Deputy Secretary of International Affairs of the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shikoku Headquarters. He is also passionate about science and education and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.
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