Have you ever wondered what it’s like to swing a real samurai sword? At Katanaba in Asakusa, Tokyo, you’ll be able to do just that.

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Ryu Tokyo visited Katanaba in Asakusa Tokyo, where you can slash practice targets using a katana, or a samurai sword, under the guidance of Eiichi Matsumoto, the Japanese sword master who won Silver Medals twice in the National Championships. Katanaba, without a doubt, is the best place in Tokyo to get a fun learning experience of what’s it’s like to use katana and slash like a real samurai.

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Yasuharu Matsuno

Founder of Japan Insider (Former Ryu Tokyo). Japanese-born entrepreneur. Yasu spent his life around the globe – Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, and the U.S. He hopes he had more time to play Japanese RPGs. MBA from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Julian Domanski

Born in England, Julian is a writer, videographer & musician living in Tokyo. When he’s not drinking copious amounts of English Tea, he can be found studying Japanese or trying to master the surprisingly complex basics of the Jiuta Shamisen.