July 2004
Byobu matsuri

MatsuriByobu Matsuri › •—Õ
         Most people have heard of the Gion Matsuri, one of the most famous festivals in Japan. However, relatively little is known about the Byobu Matsuri, held from July 14th through 16th during the period before the Gion Matsuri. During the Byobu Matsuri, residents of the Yamaboko Cho area of Kyoto open their homes to display byobu (› : ornamental screens decorated with traditional Japanese paintings) inherited from ancestors for the benefit of their families and the public. We can appreciate the aesthetic richness which has flourished through the long history of Kyoto by viewing kakejiku (Š|‚¯Ž² : ornamental wall hangings), and kosode (¬‘³: a type of kimono) on display during the Byobu Matsuri. However, it may be necessary to book appointments to view the insides of many of these Machiya.The objects that are on display during the Byobu@Matsuri can be viewed year-round at Shiorian, located on Shinmachi dori. Formore information, see the Shiorian page at http://www.shiorian.gr.jp/siryo.htm


-A. Yoshida

Martial arts

Kyoto Learning Series, Vol. I : PLACES TO LEARN MARTIAL ARTS IN KYOTOMonkey
         There are many different Japanese martial arts (•“¹: budo) you can study in Kyoto, including judo (_“¹), kendo (Œ•“¹Ffencing), karatedo (‹óŽè“¹) and aikido (‡‹C“¹). Martial arts are a great way to achieve physical fitness, self-discipline and confidence. There are many dojo (training halls) in Kyoto where you can receive instruction and practice Japanese martial arts regardless of gender, age (with a few exceptions) and skill level. When looking for a dojo, it is important to take the time to observe the style of practice, and consult the instructor with any questions you may have before signing up, in order to find a dojo that best suits your needs. You do not need an appointment to visit a dojo, but you should check that the dojo is open at the day and time you wish to visit. Most dojos will require a one-time enrollment fee, as well as a monthly membership fee. Some dojos will require that you buy sports insurance as well, at a rate of \1,500 per year.

JUDO DOJO (_“¹“¹ê)

ŸEnshin Dojo(‰~S“¹ê)
Access: Enshin Dojo, located close to Mugakuji Temple (–³ŠwŽ›), 5 minute walk from the subway Karasuma Line Imadegawa Stn. / Kuramaguchi Stn.
Practice Schedule: Tues. & Thu., 20:40-22:00
Enrollment Fee: \6,000
Monthly Membership Fees: \4,000
Inquiries: 075-441-1968
Instruction is available in English by request.

ŸShinsei Dojo (V¶“¹ê)
Access: Shinsei Dojo, located in the backyard of Fujino Sekkotsuin Bonesetter Clinic (“¡–ìÚœ‰@), 10 minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Line Matsuo Stn. (Cross Matsuo Bridge and walk north along the river bank (route number 29) for a few minutes and you'll find the clinic on your right) Practice Schedule: Sat. (except national holidays) at Shinsei Dojo, 19:30-21:00. Beginning students can practice with the children's classes (17:00-18:30) Sun. practice meets at Nishiyama Koen Taiikukan Gym (¼ŽRŒö‰€‘̈çŠÙ) located in Nagaokakyo (’·‰ª‹ž), 18:00-20:00
Enrollment Fee: \3,000 Monthly
Membership Fees: \3,000 (Sun. only: \2,000)
Inquiries: 075-861-4669
Shinsei Dojo is a small-scale dojo with homey atmosphere.

KENDO DOJO (Œ•“¹“¹ê)

ŸMyokakuji Dojo (–­ŠoŽ›“¹ê)
Access: Myokakuji Dojo, located in the grounds of Myokakuji Temple, is a 5 minute walk from the subway Karasuma LineKuramaguchi Stn. Practice Schedule: Mon., Wed. & Sat., 20:00-21:00
Enrollment Fee: \3,000 (sports insurance fee included)
Monthly Membership Fees:\2,000
Inquiries: 075-441-8040
URL: http://www.geocities.jp/kendo_myokakuji/
The head instructor is available as schedule permits to teach beginning students for an extra half hour before the formal classes begin.

ŸRenshinkai Dojo (˜BS‰ï“¹ê)
Address: 500 Shinmachi 2-cho-me, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi
Access: 5 minute walk from Keihan Fushimimomoyama Stn.
Practice Schedule: Sun. 11:00-12:00, Thu. 19:00-20:00
Enrollment Fee: \3,000
Sports Insurance Premium: \1,500 Monthly
Membership Fees: \1,500
Inquiries: 075-622-5510 (Renshinkai-dojo)
Beginning students can practice in the children's classes starting 2 hours before the adult classes without an additional charge.

KARATEDO DOJO (‹óŽè“¹“¹ê)

ŸDoshikan Mibu Dojo (“¯ŽuŠÙp¶“¹ê)
Address: 38 Mibutsujimachi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Access: 12 Min. walk from Hankyu Shijo Omiya Station/ JR Tanbaguchi Stn.
Practice Schedule: Wed. & Fri., 19:30-21:30
Enrollment Fee: \5,000
Monthly Membership Fees: \5,000
Inquiries: 075-801-2697
This dojo will tailor the instruction to your specific goals (i.e. participation in a competition, training the mind and body, women's fitness, etc.) The basic practice includes a three part set of kihon (Šî–{Fbasics), kata (Œ`Fforms) and kumite (‘g‚ÝŽèFsparring).

ŸFushimi Youth Action Center (•šŒ©Â­”NŠˆ“®ƒZƒ“ƒ^[) Taishikai (‘åŽu‰ï) Karate Club
Access: Fushimi Youth Action Center, 7 minute walk from the west exit of Keihan / Kintetsu Tanbabashi Stn.
Practice Schedule: Tue. & Fri., 19:00-21:00
Enrollment Fee: Free
Monthly Membership Fees: \1,000
Inquiries: 075-611-4910 (Fushimi Youth Action Center)
URL: http://www.kyoto.zaq.ne.jp/fushimi/
Basic practice is held on Tuesdays. Fridays are dedicated to kumite sparring techniques such as "throws" and "joint manipulations". Taishikai practice karate with the goal of acquiring techniques for self-defense. Enrollment limited to young people from 13 to 30 years of age.

ŸAraga Dojo (Kinugasa Dojo) r‰ê“¹ê(ˆßŠ}“¹ê)
Access: Kinugasa-dojo, which is located at the end of a blind alley running between private houses and Matsubara Temple, located near the east gate of Ritsumeikan University, 10 minute walk from Waratenjin Mae bus stop /Kinugasa Koko Mae bus stop (Kinugasa Dojo is not visible from the street.)
Practice Schedule: Mon. & Thu., 19:00-21:00
Enrollment Fee: \5,000
Monthly Membership Fees: \4,000
Inquiries: 0771-22-6077 (Kyoto Fu Karatedo Renmei Office)
This dojo is very lively, with children and adults practicing together. They practice mainly traditional kata and kumite in addition to basics.
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AIKIDO DOJOS (‡‹C“¹“¹ê)

ŸBudo Center Dojo (•“¹ƒZƒ“ƒ^[“¹ê)
Access: Budo-center, adjacent to Heian Shrine, 5 minute walk from Kumanojinja Mae bus stop /Kyoto Kaikan-Bijutsukan Mae bus stop
Practice Schedule: Mon. & Thu. 19:00-20:30, Sat. 10:00-12:00 (including clean-up time)
Enrollment Fee: \5,000
Monthly Membership Fees: \6,000
Inquiries: 075-741-2043 (Kyoto Aikido Renmei Office)
URL: http://www.ab.cyberhome.ne.jp/~aiki/
From April until October, Budo Center Dojo offers a "One Day Aikido Beginner's Experience" (‡‹C“¹ˆê“ú‘ÌŒ±“ü–å: Aikido Ichinichi-taiken Nyumon) on the fourth Thursday of each month from 19:00-20:30 (5th Thursday in Sept. only). This event is free of charge for people living or working in Kyoto, no reservations necessary. There are around 10 other aikido dojos in Kyoto affiliated with the Kyoto Aikido Federation. You can get more information by visiting the Budo Center Dojo.

-H. Fukuoka


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