FUKUSHIMA SAMURAI SPIRIT TOURISM

Category: Tourism, Traditional Culture, Performer, Food & Drink

What we do at HYPER JAPAN Online 2021

We are delighted to announce to have three exclusive online events at HYPER JAPAN ONLINE 2021! Come and join us to feel the real SAMURAI SPIRIT, and Fukushima Prefecture will attract you.

①Samurai artist KAMUI, performance and talk session
Date: Saturday, 10th July 2021
Time: 10am to 11am UK time
Platform: Zoom webinar

We welcome special guest Tetsuro Shimaguchi, leader of Samurai artist group KAMUI and tourism ambassador for Fukushima Prefecture and Aizuwakamatsu city. The event will cover the appeal and history of Fukushima Prefecture, the samurai spirit that has been passed down the generations, behind the scenes stories from the filming of a promotional video for Fukushima Prefecture, a introduction to the KENGIDO swordsmanship method started by Shimaguchi himself, and a talk on how to draw the sword and hold it for fighting. A special event only at HYPER JAPAN ONLINE 2021!

②A Virtual Tour of Tsuruga Castle
Date: 18th July 2021
Time: 10am to 11am UK time
Platform: Zoom webinar

Wakamatsu Castle, also known as Tsuruga Castle, is a symbol of Aizuwakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture and was built around 630 years ago. During the Boshin War of 1868 it survived ferocious attacks from the force of the new government, becoming famous as the “Impregnable Castle.” It is one of a hundred famous castles listed in Japan and has a gorgeous five-story red-tiled tower. During HYPER JAPAN ONLINE 2021 – and for the first time in the world! – people in the UK can see a live broadcast of the view from Tsuruga Castle’s tower! There will be video from two Aizuwakamatsu locations with samurai connections, the Nisshinkan and Oyakuen gardens. And there will also be a Q&A with Fukushima residents wearing samurai clothes. It’s sure to be an unmissable event. See you there!

③The Somanomaoi - Armed Horse Race - Virtual Viewing Event
Date: 25th July 2021
Time: 10am to 11am UK time
Platform: Zoom webinar

The Somanomaoi is a festival held in the northern part of Hamadori in Fukushima prefecture with history and traditions passed down the generations for 1,000 years. It features mounted samurai who race in armour and compete to seize a sacred flag. Since overcome the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster of 2011, participants have focused on thoughts of reconstruction. This year they face the coronavirus crisis, and the event (without any tourists) will be specially broadcast as part of HYPER JAPAN ONLINE 2021. Don’t miss this story of modern Fukushima samurai!

Show at HYPER JAPAN Online 2021

Biography

Samurai Spirit Tourism, a project initiated by Fukushima Prefectural Government, was started in order to share information about the fascinating samurai history of many places in Fukushima.

The history of many of these places is deeply entwined with the Meiji Restoration (or the ‘Boshin War’ as it is referred to in Fukushima Prefecture), which symbolized the end of the age of samurai.

As well as exploring the history of Fukushima, this page also highlights a variety of samurai-related experiences, including Japanese archery and kendo, that visitors can try out firsthand.

Also, this website will be updated with articles written by guest writers. These articles will introduce topics focusing on the amazing local history of Fukushima, providing readers with the chance to embrace the Samurai Spirit for themselves.

For more information about Samurai Spirit Tourism, please see our YouTube Page or contact us.