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“Sky-high Morning Kenjutsu Practice” at HOSHINOYA Tokyo


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 “Sky-high Morning Kenjutsu Practice” is an activity that is hosted at HOSHINOYA Tokyo, a Japanese ryokan in Otemachi, Tokyo, with the aim to refresh the mind and body through sword training at 160 meters above the ground. In this activity, guests will practice our original training routine that combines the movement of swordsmanship and deep breathing in the clear morning air. By making large movements of swordsmanship using a wooden sword, muscles of the whole body can be used. Furthermore, by performing various swordsmanship movements while being conscious of deep breaths, lung function can be stimulated and enhanced. On the rooftop of the high-rise building where this program is held, there is nothing to obstruct the views, and whilst looking afar, guests can wake up under the morning sun. Guests can also enjoy the views of Tokyo’s skyline with Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower

The area of Otemachi, where HOSHINOYA Tokyo is located, is now an office district full of high-rise buildings, but during the Edo period there were many samurai residences since it was close to Edo Castle, which is now known as the Imperial Palace. There used to be three main dojo (place of practice) for swordsmen, in the town of Edo called “Edo Sandaidojo” that produced many swordsmen in the last days of the Edo period, and so, swordsmanship training was actively practiced. This was developed in the hope that guests would be refreshed by coming into contact with the martial arts that have been practiced since the Edo period on the roof of an open high-rise building. With precautions to the spread of coronavirus, we aim to provide a program that can restore health both physically and mentally during this withcorona era through firm movements of the muscles.

Characteristics of “Sky-high Morning Kenjutsu Practice”
1)Original training routine combining swordsmanship and deep breathing
The master of the swordsmanship school “Hokushin Ittoryu” Geki Kenkai, which used to have a dojo in Kanda, Edo, is the supervisor of this original program, combining the movement of swordsmanship and deep breathing. First, participants will learn the basic movements of swordsmanship such as how to hold a wooden sword and how to move their legs, and then, the practice will begin. Participants can move the muscles of the whole body whilst relieving the stiffness caused by daily tension and stress by practicing movements such as “Makko-giri” (cutting straight), in which the wooden sword is swung down from the top to the bottom, “Do-giri” (cutting of the torso) where the wooden sword is held parallel and moved from left to right, and “Kesa-giri” (cutting diagonally, where “kesa” refers to the angle of a monk’s clothing) is when the wooden sword is held up to the upper right and swung down to the lower left, all of these movements in accordance with deep breathing while being conscious of the area below the navel.

2)A superb view of Tokyo in the clear morning air
The area of Otemachi, where there used to be mansions of feudal lords, is now an office district lined with high-rise buildings. This activity will be held on the roof of a high-rise building 160 meters above ground near HOSHINOYA Tokyo, with no buildings or fences obstructing the view. In the distance, Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro can be seen as well as Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower, which are the symbols of modern Tokyo. Participants can feel refreshed by practicing in the clear morning air with the views of Tokyo.

Safety Measures for “Sky-high Morning Kenjutsu Practice”
・This program will be held in the presence of a security guard of the building.
・This program will be held at the top of a building, with the capacity limited to a maximum of 6 people.
・If it is determined to be difficult to ensure the safety of guests due to bad weather, or other situations, the program will be canceled.

Details of “Sky-high Morning Kenjutsu Practice”
Open: All year
Time: 6:45 am to 7:45 am
Price: Free of charge
Reservation: Required at the front desk by 9 pm a day in advance
Capacity: 6 people
Others: Open to guests staying at HOSHINOYA Tokyo
*Canceled on rainy days. In addition, the schedule and contents of the activity may be subject to change depending on the weather condition of the previous day.

Address: 1-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 104-0004
Number of Rooms: 84
Check-in: 3:00 pm/Check-out: 12:00 pm
Price: Starting from 102,000 JPY per night per room (includes tax and service charge, excludes meals)
Directions: Approximately 10 minutes by walk from Tokyo Station, 2 minutes by walk from Otemachi Station
Website: https://www.hoshinoresorts.com/en/resortsandhotels/hoshinoya/tokyo.html

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