On 11 October 2015, members of Yakumaru Jigen-ryu (薬丸自顕流), Keii-ken Hakke-sho Giseikokujutsukan (形意拳八卦掌 義誠国術館), Hyoho Taisha ryu Kenjutsu Dojo Yatsushiro Ryu-sen-kan (兵法タイ捨流剣術 道場八代龍泉館) demonstrated their skills for dedication of the god, at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
This annual event was held at a stage for Noh (traditional masked dance-drama) in this year due to adverse weather conditions.
A member of Hyoho Taisha ryu who demonstrated his skill first time in public commented that although his Shihan gave him words “humble, unflinching and immovable heart”” before the demonstration, he had difficulty to keep himself calm. It implies strong tension of feeling and pressure for demonstrating skills at this traditional and famous shrine.
A funfest was held after the demonstration which provided a good opportunity for the traditional martial artists to get interact with each other, beyond generations.
Photographed by Taisha-ryu Ryu-sen-kan