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Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

  • ・With the Osaka Castle behind you, don the armor and join the fray of battle!
  • ・Learn about the self-respect and responsibility of a samurai; a necessity when walking the streets with a deadly weapon by your side
  • ・Learn about the tea ceremony, an essential part of self-development of every samurai・When facing death a samurai reflects upon his past life and leaves behind a parting poem
  • ・”Bushido is realised in the presence of death.” Willing to die for honor or a certain cause
VenueSAMURAI HONOR
Experience① SAMURAI RISE course, ② HONOR course, ③ BUSHIDO course
AvailableDaily
Starting time① SAMURAI RISE course 10:00, ② HONOR course 11:00, 14:00, 17:00, ③ BUSHIDO course 11:00, 14:00, 17:00
Meeting time30 minutes before the course starts
Duration① SAMURAI RISE course 40 minutes, ② HONOR course 120 minutes, ③ BUSHIDO course 150 minutes
Participants1〜20 people ※Group bookings for 21+ people are also possible. Please consult with us through the contact form.
LanguagesEnglish, Chinese

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SAMURAI RISE Course

110.06USD~
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Starting time: 10:00
Duration: 40 minutes
Includes: Professional photo shoot, Portent of bushido, Understanding of bushido

HONOR Course

183.43USD~
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Starting time: 11:00, 14:00, 17:00
Duration: 120 minutes
Includes: Professional photo shoot, Portent of bushido, Understanding of bushido, Warrior tea ceremony, Parting poem, Zenith of bushido

BUSHIDO Course

220.11USD~
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Starting time: 11:00, 14:00, 17:00
Duration: 150 minutes
Includes: Professional photo shoot, Portent of bushido, Understanding of bushido, Warrior tea ceremony, Parting poem, Zenith of bushido, Harakiri

[Osaka Castle] Experience calligraphy class by the number one master in Japan whilst wearing a kimono (as couples or families). Take home a fan or scroll to commemorate the experience.

36.69USD~
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Starting time: 10:00
Duration: 90 minutes
- First, you will be provided with an explanation of the culture of calligraphy and how it evolved in Japan throughout history.
- In addition to writing your favorite Kanji characters in calligraphy, have the calligraphy master create your own unique phonetic reading of your name using various kanji.
- Write your favorite words or your own name on an authentic Japanese fan. The result is a one-of-a-kind fan or hanging scroll that can be taken home as a souvenir.

[Osaka Castle Samurai Calligraphy (Farewell words)] Before the battle of Osaka, the warrior looks back on his life in anticipation of death and writes the last word on the entire sheet of paper with a large brush.

36.69USD~
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Starting time: 10:00
Duration: 90 minutes
- Choose your favorite Japanese character or word and write it on the SAMURAI set of two special papers put together, each of them 8 times the size of the standard calligraphy paper.
- First you will be introduced to the tools and principles of calligraphy and once you have a grasp of the culture of calligraphy, its history and its evolution throughout the ages you will participate directly in the experience.
- The calligraphy master will create a unique phonetic reading of your name in Kanji.

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Map

Address

Osaka, Joto Ward, Shiginonishi, 2-chōme−3−19, Excellence Takayama 1F

Access

① 1 minute walk from Osaka Business Park Station (Exit 1) on Osaka Municipal Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line
② 2 minutes walk from "Osaka-jo Koen" station on JR Osaka Loop Line
③ 10 minutes walk from West Exit of Kyobashi Station on JR Osaka Loop Line, Tozai Line

Activity Information

【Portent of bushido】What is the most important thing for a samurai to know? Wearing hakama, sandals, and a sword to learn courtesy, manners, and kata.

The samurai’s ideal of honor is often expressed with terms like “face” or “appearance“, but ultimately everything comes down to the concept of “shame”. “Don’t embarrass yourself”, “do not sully your name”, “don’t become a laughingstock”, since the very beginning the samurai are taught about the concept of shame and humiliation. Next, they learn that “martial arts begin with manners and end with manners”. Samurai are also efficient, effective, and graceful in their movements. As a result, traditional Japanese swordsmanship has few flashy moves and minimal movement. Spinning swords, jumping kicks, and exaggerated movements have no place in true Japanese swordsmanship.
Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】 Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

【Understanding of bushido】Experience the weight and sharpness of an authentic Japanese sword and learn the basic techniques of swordsmanship (drawing and sheathing the sword).

~A warrior is prepared to die every morning. In the quiet of the morning, he imagines himself being struck by lightning, doused by fire, or cut to pieces with a sword or spear. Whether he is prepared to face death, waiting just outside his doorstep.~
The most important thing for a samurai to be able to put his very life and soul on the line, every waking minute and second, for the goal he is aiming to accomplish.
The practice of swordsmanship was intended above all to nurture the mind. The samurai, through diligent practice and extreme concentration, desired to attain a state of detachment, free of attachments and preconceptions, and thus able to respond immediately.
Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】 Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

【Warrior tea ceremony】Samurai risked their lives to offer hospitality. which you will experience through the traditional tea ceremony.

Samurai is a term used to refer to warriors in general, but not just any warriors. In the past, a samurai was a proud title denoting a highly respected person. The Warrior tea ceremony is a tea ceremony that spread among the samurai during the Edo period as a part of their training and character development. Being highly spiritual it commands a certain degree of dignity.
One of the key tenets of the tea ceremony is hospitality. Failure to provide hospitality would be a disgrace to a samurai and would be punishable by death. Samurai risked their lives to offer hospitality, as well as to receive it.
If you are enlightened in one thing, you will be well versed in and understanding of anything.
The tea ceremony was a form of culture that cultivated social etiquette and was also linked to the honor of the samurai.
Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】 Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

【Parting poem】Before the battle of Osaka, he looked back on his life in anticipation of his death and wrote the last word on all the papers with a large brush!

"Final words" are texts written by a samurai facing his death, in which he reflects on his life to date and writes down the last words of his life.
For example, Sanada Yukimura wrote "In this world of floating, we do not know what the next day will bring" meaning that everything is permeable and uncertain, including his own survival.
The parting poem of Toyotomi Hideyoshi reads “Appearing like dew, vanishing like dew - such is my life. Even Naniwa's splendor is a dream within a dream” and implies that even his life and reaching the seat of the imperial regent was ultimately but a fleeting moment.
Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】 Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

【Zenith of bushido】Don a helmet and armor and prove your worth at the battle of Osaka Castle!

During the Warring States Period, achievements on the battlefield were for the samurai the proof of their worth. Their military exploits, valor and merit. Simply put, going to war and proving themselves on the battlefield.
The Osaka Winter Campaign and Summer Campaign were a series of battles in which Tokugawa Ieyasu destroyed the Toyotomi family based in Osaka Castle, paving his way to supremacy and reign over Japan as the shogun. The battles took place in winter of 1614 and the summer of 1615 respectively and are collectively known as the Battle of Osaka. You will don your armor and helmet and take part in the battles at the same spots they were waged, at the Osaka Castle. ※The prosperous Toyotomi family, was destroyed in this battle. Afterward Tokugawa Ieyasu and later Tokugawa Hidetada ushered in a period of peace and stability that lasted for about 260 years.
Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】 Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

【Harakiri】Samurai do not suffer the shame of the noose even if they lose a battle out of honor, but die by disembowelment before they are captured.

“Bushido is realised in death”.
Samurai live a virtuous life not ashamed of themselves. They are willing to die for a cause and to risk their lives for the sake of honor, of which seppuku is a typical example. A warrior is prepared to die each morning, and in that moment of morning stillness, he imagines himself being struck by lightning, doused by fire, or cut to pieces with a sword or spear. Every morning and evening, we should always act as if we are prepared for death. By doing so, we will be able to fulfill our duties without fail for the rest of our lives. Pursuit of a beautiful death with those ideals in mind is a crucial part of bushido.
Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】 Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

【Pilgrimage】Visit places connected to the Osaka Castle and the Siege of Osaka Castle at night

You can venture on a small pilgrimage of special spots closely related to the Osaka Castle and the Winter Campaign of 1614 and Summer Campaign of 1615.

For example,
【Osaka Castle: Suicide spot】 A monument erected in honor of Toyotomi Hideyori and his mother Yododono, who committed suicide on this spot when cornered by the Tokugawa forces during the Osaka Summer Campaign.

【Sanko Shrine】The bronze statue of Yukimura Sanada as well as the remains of the "Sanada's escape tunnel" leading to the main castle keep can be found here.

【Shingen-ji】It is said to be the site where Sanada Yukimura built his fortification for the Osaka Winter Campaign. A stone monument, "Ruins of Demaru Castle," stands in front of the gate.

【Yasui shrine】It is said that on this spot Sanada Yukimura came close to Tokugawa Ieyasu but was not able to reach him, he himself later succumbing here from battle exhaustion.
Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】 Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

[Osaka Castle] Experience calligraphy class by the number one master in Japan whilst wearing a kimono (as couples or families). Take home a fan or scroll to commemorate the experience.

In addition to writing your favorite Kanji characters in calligraphy, have the calligraphy master create your own unique phonetic reading of your name using various kanji. Each kanji character has its own meaning, making each name fun and unique.
Write your favorite words or your own name on an authentic Japanese fan. The result is a one-of-a-kind fan or hanging scroll that can be taken home as a souvenir.
Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】 Become a Samurai through bushido and honor at 【Osaka Castle】

▼Learn the most important thing a samurai must know.

▼A samurai lives a virtuous life unashamed of himself, risking his life for the sake of honor.

▼【Battlefield: Osaka Castle】Don your armor and helmet and prove yourself on the battlefield!

▼The path of the samurai is a path of death. “Bushido is realised in the presence of death!”

▼Learn from the greatest; A tour of the sacred grounds of scarlet armor

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Important Notes

※Please arrive about 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to prepare for changing into a kimono for the experience. If you are late for the scheduled time, your experience may be shortened.
※If you have any problems (such as in case you lost your way) before the experience on the day, please call us at 06-6964-4478.
※This map (URL) shows the location of Samurai Honor.
https://maps.app.goo.gl/psm6MfquytDgtsAU8?g_st=ac

【About smartphone shooting】
① It is possible to take personal photos with your smartphone, etc., as long as you do not take selfies or take pictures of other customers.
② Please refrain from using a stationary type or taking video because it will disturb other customers.

【About Reservations】
① Please note that reservations may not be accepted depending on availability of the Bushido experience.
② To make a reservation, please use the reservation form on our website at least one day before the scheduled date of use. For same-day applications, please contact us directly by phone. (Reservations can be made on the day if there is room.)
③ Multiple guests will experience the program at the same time, but we accept reservations from one person. (Up to 20 people at the same time. * Consult if there are more than 21 people.)
④ If you decide to cancel your reservation, be sure to let us know at least one day in advance.
⑤ On the day, please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. If it's going to be late, please be sure to let me know. Please note that we may not be able to accept your reservation if more than 30 minutes have passed since your appointment, regardless of whether you have been contacted.

【Bushido experience precautions】
❶Be sure to use the bathroom before dressing.
❷Size and type of armor
Basically, there is no size limit, but please note that you may not be able to wear the armor you want because of your height, weight, etc. Please let us know at the reception on the day to choose an authentic armor.
(* Your desired armor may not be available for events.)
*The size of armor should be within 185 cm of your height and 100 kg of your weight.
❸Dressing of guests when dressing
When you wear hakama or armor for a sword fight, you will sweat and get sweaty easily, so please wear the following clothing.
① His upper body is a long-sleeved undershirt. I ask you to put on a samue.
② The lower part of the body is an easy to move samue.
③ We have tabi socks for your feet.
④ Swim caps are available for the head.
❹Assistant staff will do things like wearing hakama and armor. You can't wear it alone.
❺It can only be worn inside the dojo. You can't go out wearing hakama or armor.
❻The act of drawing the sword is dangerous, so do not do it without permission.
❼Please note that our shop will not be held responsible for any injuries, illnesses, or acts that harm or injure others during the experience.
❽For the safety of our customers, we do not allow those who have drunk alcohol in advance.
❾As a general rule, you are allowed to bring your own small items such as helmets, armor and tabi.

【Tea ceremony experience】
Wabi and sabi are words to appreciate Japanese aesthetic sensibilities, which represents “beauty within simplicity and imperfection.”
It's the beauty we find in imperfection.
Wabi points to beauty coming from simplicity.
Sabi represents beauty or serenity that comes with age.

【Tea ceremony Cautions】
① Basically, as with the manners of daily life, please take good care of the person who enters the tea ceremony with you.
② Before entering the teahouse, you will remove your sword and be unarmed, and bracelets, rings, watches and other items may damage your tools, so please remove them.
③ Do not lift tea utensils high because they are expensive.
④ If you find it difficult to sit upright, you can relax your legs.
⑤ When drinking tea, avoid the front so as not to stain the design of the bowl.
⑥ It is basically the side where guests are entertained, but as long as they are present in the tea room, they are treated as equals at 50: 50.

【Calligraphy cautions】
① Don't step on the edge of the tatami because it is the boundary between the upper and lower seats.
② Extra large brushes are too heavy for a child to write alone.
③ Handle the calligraphy equipment (Brush, ink and paper) properly and follow the instructions of the instructor. Be careful not to break or get dirty.
④ Calligraphy is also a means of self-expression. Enjoy expressing your own emotions and ideas as text.
⑤ Create a quiet, focused environment.
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