1. Kyoto: Samurai Class, Become a Samurai Warrior
Study the art of the samurai warrior class that ruled ancient Japan for centuries. Practice the stylized movements that make up the samurai technique as you handle a sword and uncover the discipline of Kenbu. Watch a 4-minute film about the basics of the samurai. Then, suit up and take hold of your samurai sword. Learn how to bow before your sword training begins. Discover how to draw it and replace it in its protective scabbard. Get a short photo shoot in your samurai suit, and then discover how to show respect to your opponent with the sword. With a respectful bow to your instructor, grab your certificate of achievement. Before leaving, watch a 10-minute performance with commentary by a sword dance instructor to gain a deeper understanding of a technique that has been passed down through generations.