I knew absolutely nothing about Kyudou, but before I realized it, I had grabbed a friend and we signed up for classes within weeks.
For those out there who are interested in trying the elegant and meditative Japanese martial art of kyudou (Japanese archery), let me break down the approximate cost.
What do you think of when I say “Osaka?” Chances are kickboxing and tom yum soup aren’t exactly high on your agenda. But these were just 2 of the many features on show at the annual Osaka Thai Festival last week.
Sumo is a very different affair. With an elite number of wrestlers, Sumo has long been a closed sport, accepting only limited foreign entrants and has minimal outside interference. Traditionally, the only opportunity to see this ancient sport in action is at a 'Grand Tournament'. However, these grand tournaments are held only once every two months, alternating between the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and another venue elsewhere in Japan.