- MOVIE STORY
- The Aizu region is where some of Japan’s toughest samurai were raised. Just 150 years ago, these samurai fought to the very last with dignity and loyalty to their beliefs. Three fencers have traveled from France to Aizu, where the spirit of the last samurai still survives today.
The three have come to the Futokuden dojo located within Aizuwakamatsu Castle. Carrying on the tradition of the European Knights, these fencers have come to learn the art of Kendo from Mr. Naganuma, a living samurai, where they will encounter the true Japanese spirit of Bushido.
Through the training, Mr. Naganuma speaks of the samurai spirit condensed in Bushido, and the concept of the floating branch in the flowing water, or “living correctly and beautifully in harmony with nature, like a wooden branch floating along in a flowing stream”. What will the three students discover and learn through their first Kendo match, and in the town of Aizu in which echoes of the samurai way of life can still be heard?
Play samurai spirit in Fukushima
Have you ever seen a real samurai?
The spirit and culture of the samurai, thought to have been long lost, live on today in Fukushima. Here, a host of samurai in colorful armor gather just once per year to mount their horses and wave their flags as they charge before your very eyes.
Why not experience this revival of the samurai spirit together with some of the historical sites from which that spirit was born?
SPECIAL EXPERIENCE TOUR
- Safety in Fukushima Prefecture
- Fukushima has been taking positive steps towards recovery since the 2011 Great East Japan Eathquake. We have a website detailing radiation levels across the prefecture. Please browse from here. We hope that you will feel assured that you can enjoy Fukushima.
The third biggest prefecture in Japan situated in the south of the "Tohoku" region in the Northern part of the Japanese main island of Honshu. Around 90 minutes from Tokyo by Shinkansen or 3 hours by car. A modern prefecture that embraces educational school trips which many students want to experience.