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  • Colleen Colleen

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques

    Be a Ninja: Learn Five Basic Techniques Vanessa met us at the Tabata Station, which was easy to get to using the JR Yamanote Line and she brought us to her Dojo (training studio). She explained the history of her ancestors on our short walk to the Dojo. Upon arriving, it was a bit intimidating at first as the Dojo was dark and we were greeted by our instructor as we arrived. We began with meditation, followed by a demonstration from our teacher. As the instructor spoke Vanessa translated everything in English. After the demonstration we put on our ninja gear and began our lessons. Our children, ages 5 and 9, and my husband and I have never had any karate training and had a blast learning to use ninja starts and a blow gun. There was plenty of laughter and cheering during the class portion, that made everyone feel safe and the initial intimidation was over and we all had a wonderful time. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience and we are so glad we did it! Not to be missed! (Family from Chicago, IL)

  • Claire Claire

    Make Old Tokyo Cut Glass in Sumida, Tokyo

    Make Old Tokyo Cut Glass in Sumida, Tokyo So nice! My boyfriend can't wait to do that again!

  • Christine Christine

    Take a Koto Lesson at a Traditional House in Kyoto

    Take a Koto Lesson at a Traditional House in Kyoto Taking a private koto lesson was the most memorable experience of my whole Japanese vacation. The lesson is in a traditional Japanese house in a neighborhood near Nijo Castle. Harumi was very welcoming and encouraging. Although the lesson lasted only a few hours, I learned a lot. I enjoyed playing koto with Harumi. The highlight was her playing a song at the end of the lesson. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to immerse themselves into Japanese culture.

  • Cerra Cerra

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! I'll just start by saying wow.

    This was one of the most fun things I've ever done, it was difficult, but incredibly rewarding. Taro is a great teacher- he takes you through the history and process before starting you very slowly. He explains everything thoroughly, and offers great tips. Working so closely with him was a pleasure (The lunch his wife cooks is also delicious)!

    You get to work with raw materials, as well as use his forge that is 100 years old. He's very steeped in the traditions and knowledgable.

    He works closely with you to achieve whatever look of knife you want to make. They take photos of you and print them to take with you, so you get some cool action shots of hammering.

    At the end you feel really accomplished, also a bit sore, but mostly accomplished. I highly recommend this experience. It's just so freaking interesting, unique and special. It's super freaking cool, my friend and I were both elated we had the chance to do this, and we can't recommend it enough. If you have the chance to do it, I'd do it.

  • Shaun Shaun

    10% OFF Authentic Kyoto Samurai Experience

    10% OFF Authentic Kyoto Samurai Experience If you love Samurai, this will easily be the highlight of your trip! Not only do you have the opportunity to see a grand champion in action, he will instruct you on how to use a real sword personally! Both the instructor and interpreter were very gracious. I was also very excited and happy that they accepted our request even on New Years Day!

    I would say more, but I think it is better if you try it for yourself. If you're in Kyoto, even for just a day, don't miss this!

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