Hi, everyone! I’m Ayumi, your favorite otaku writer here at MANGA.TOKYO. Four days after my last visit, I finally bought an annual pass for Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Now that I can enjoy the park as much and often as I want, I’m seeing a few rays of hope in my life! This is Part 2 of my Park tour (here is Part 1). This is such a wonderful place, and I’m afraid that as a writer I indulged too much with it! I’ll be showing you some great stuff with photos from sword fighting, to inside stories of filming, and even introduce you to the education system in the Edo period. Please read till the end♪
(Due to too much excitement) What on earth did the crew see in the last half of this coverage while volleying complaints of ‘what,’ ‘tired,’ and ‘no way!?’ You’ll find out why they lost their words. Honestly, I am still laughing over what happened.
Okita Souji appeared! Chanbara Guidance
Chanbara is the word used for the Japanese sword-fighting that you see in period dramas and films. So, I learned that I could watch a chanbara show up close!
A ronin (masterless samurai) with some stench of evil appeared. So I was expecting this ronin to fight with someone, and guess whom I found at the spot, ruining the writer spirit of mine?
Okita Souji, the captain of the first unit of the Shinsengumi!
‘It can’t be!?!?’ was my first thought. As someone who has been a huge fan of the Shinsengumi for 15 years and didn’t know this was coming, I was literally shaken up. Even though he is just an actor, Okita Souji is swinging his sword in front of me and even coughing!? I expected this show to be just a normal samurai sword fighting show…! Oh my goodness, why didn’t anyone tell me!?
I saw some other girls screaming quietly without a voice most likely feeling just the same way as I was, and their reaction was entirely convincing to me. On the same day they hosted the Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-: Kyo no Kiseki Hanamaru Festival, and I heard some people saying ‘Master,’ ‘That’s Master,’ ‘Ex-Master..’ from the audience. As you’re probably aware, Yamatonokami Yasusada and Kashuu Kiyomitsu are well-known as Okita Souji’s swords.
What an energetic and powerful show. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them even for a second…
Okita won the fight in the end, as expected! This park is the only place you can watch such wonderful sword-fighting up close. I choked up and was about to explode. I strongly recommend you check out this Chanbara show if you’re a Touken fan or love the Shinsengumi. Ladies, please be warned that you might get a nose bleed with this show. The show ended with a storm of applause from the audience!After the wonderful fighting show, you get to hear some Samurai Sword Fighting Lessons. 3 to 4 guests from the attendee are guided onto the stage, and they learn how to fight with a sword.
They teach you everything, from handling the sword and standing position to swinging the sword. If you want to learn it directly on the stage, raise your hand high and appeal to the actors!
Those who joined the Samurai Sword Fighting Lesson received a commemorative gift after the show. All the shows at the park are entertaining and recommended, but if you are only picking one, this must be it. It’s a quality show for sure. We, the crew members, were all too excited for a while and this is how we all got degenerated to beings who lost vocabulary other than the three phrases of ‘what,’ ‘tired,’ and ‘no way’…
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