A hands-on workshop of sword fighting by “Echigo No Kizarushu,” a team of sword killers based in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, will be held on Saturday, March 23 (national holiday). Participants are currently being recruited.
Based in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, “Echigo Nokizarushu” is an organization that promotes Lord Uesugi Kenshin in and outside of the city through sword fighting. Currently, the group has nine members, who perform sword fighting performances at various events in and outside of the region.
The workshop will be held for the first time in many years. On the day of the workshop, you will be able to experience a simple killing technique. Beginners and inexperienced performers are welcome, and the content of the experience is also geared toward beginners.
There is no charge for participation. The target audience is high school students and older. Minors must have permission from their parents or guardians. On the day of the event, please wear comfortable clothing such as jerseys or street clothes and bring a wooden sword if you have one.
Mr. Seijuro, Representative of Echigo Nokizarushu
You can participate for any reason: “I am interested in sword fighting, I like history and historical dramas, I want to be an actor, I admire battle scenes in anime and manga, etc. This is an opportunity for you to experience the sword fighting you see in movies and TV dramas. Let’s enjoy the world of sword fighting together.”
Killing Team Echigo Nokizarushu Workshop (Killing Workshop)
■Date: September 23 (Sat., holiday) 12:30-14:30
■Venue：Kenshinko Budokan, Small Dojo (375 Tonome Koshinden, Joetsu City)
■Participation fee: Free
■Target: High school students and up to 50s *Minors need permission of their parents or guardians
■Capacity: About 15 people
■Application method: Contact by e-mail
■Application deadline: Friday, September 22
■What to bring: Comfortable clothes (jerseys, dojis), wooden swords (enough for several people)
■Application & Inquiry: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org