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    Backpacker Fuji in Narita is your best bet....

    Backpacker Fuji in Narita is your best bet. Taka-san is super helpful and there is a bus stop to the dojo 50m away.

    The bus stops very close to the dojo too and Taka-san will give you a...
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    I know how you feel. The actors playing the...

    I know how you feel. The actors playing the zombies were rubbish!
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    So one side has to lose but both have to suffer...

    So one side has to lose but both have to suffer the agony of defeet?
  4. Thread: Chef's knives

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    Chef's knives

    Hi all

    I'm hoping that one of the Japan-based members here might be able to help.

    A friend of mine is going to Japan for two weeks next month and asked if I wanted anything.

    Top of the list...
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    Great. Now I'm hungry for sushi. Thanks.

    Great. Now I'm hungry for sushi. Thanks.
  6. Oh wow... yours is WAY better!

    Oh wow... yours is WAY better!
  7. Lone Nepali Soldier Defends Potential Rape Victim Against 40 Men

    Assuming this is all true, it's terribly impressive.

    A nice example of ability, skill and will all coming together at the right time.


    Lone Nepali Soldier Defends Potential Rape Victim Against...
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    "Vanishing into" an attack

    Hi all

    I was reading a period book recently (which one, I can't remember - it was a novel and might have been a Murakami) in which one of the characters was talking about "vanishing into" an...
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    Come on James... your Polish can't be *that*...

    Come on James... your Polish can't be *that* bad..

    I understood dozens of Polish technical terms from the site, including "katana", "kashira", "menuki" and even "saya" (which I think means 'VAT...
  10. Thread: Oda Nobunaga

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    At the risk of further derailing this thread,...

    At the risk of further derailing this thread, this is my favourite 16th century portrait....
  11. Also, I think taking the ryu's view on it is...

    Also, I think taking the ryu's view on it is taking something a little out of context.

    If you were a practicing bushi in pre-Edo Period Japan, your experience with the sword would not be limited...
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    Thanks Britt and Josh - much appreciated.

    Thanks Britt and Josh - much appreciated.
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    Left-handed bushi?

    Hi all.

    Is it true that there are no left-handed bushi?

    What I mean is, is it correct to say that there is no extant sword school that allows the left hand to be the one closest to the tsuba?...
  14. Thanks for this. The instructor seems to have...

    Thanks for this. The instructor seems to have done a bit of fencing in his time, given his left-hand-behind-and-above-left-shoulder stance.

    Interesting that it was all metal weapons training - no...
  15. Thread: Youtube posts

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    And balancing out all those excellent posts are:...

    And balancing out all those excellent posts are:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFcOO4c9TXs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRbBzZWLsp0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKkJnJug_kg <-- nice...
  16. Thread: Youtube posts

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    Youtube posts

    Hi all

    What do think motivates people to post videos of themselves doing kata on Youtube?

    I mean, excluding the few good posts of formal embu or old / rare footage of senior students /...
  17. Being beaten up by Chuck Norris?

    Being beaten up by Chuck Norris?
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    Koryu and music

    Hi all

    As a quick poll, do you play a musical instrument or practice some other form of artistic expression (design, painting, sculpture etc)?

    I was wondering if those people who enjoy artistic...
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    Thanks Tim. I will pass this on. Kind regards...

    Thanks Tim. I will pass this on.

    Kind regards
    Ben
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    Hi Joe For search engine optimisation (which...

    Hi Joe

    For search engine optimisation (which is a whole art in itself) I suggest that you get these phrases into *all* your pages (even if you set their font colour to the same colour as the...
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    Many thanks

    Thanks to everyone for their input. It is really appreciated.

    Kind regards
    Ben Macarthur
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    Kenjutsu / Battojutsu Newcastle upon Tyne

    Hi all.

    Are their any kenjutsu dojo (of any ryu) within striking distance of Newcastle upon Tyne?

    Google pickings are slim and all I have been able to find is this:...
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    I always thought that was a peculiarly Spanish...

    I always thought that was a peculiarly Spanish affliction...[1] but I guess your one works too...:P

    Have a great weekend
    Ben
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    You mean those "cheese-eating surrender...

    You mean those "cheese-eating surrender monkeys"[1]?
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    Hi all. In the first clip (the Bruce Lee one)...

    Hi all.

    In the first clip (the Bruce Lee one) is there an item of Japanese clothing that I am unfamiliar with, or are the first two guys who attack him wearing their hakama backwards?:p

    Kind...
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