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Samurai Performance in Kyoto

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    Journey back in time more than 700 years, to Japan’s feudal period, as you enjoy Kembu, a sword performance associated with the country’s samurai warriors. This fascinating show combines the grace, beauty and power of samurai sword practice with a chance to learn about the culture of historic Japan.
    Begin your performance at Kyoto’s Samurai Kembu Theater, your arrival coinciding with your selected show time. Before starting the show, take off your shoes (in traditional Japanese style) and find your seat. Your show begins with narration from a performer, who provides an informative introduction to the history and techniques of the traditional art of Kembu.
    The show then continues with a series of Kembu demonstrations. Before each demo, you’ll hear a short history lesson about samurai culture, detailing the practices of this enigmatic warrior class that dominated ancient Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries. It’s said that Kembu evolved as a discipline to help samurai boost their courage and focus their minds for the rigors of battle.
    During the performance you’ll have the chance to admire both traditional and new-style Kembu rituals, each of which involves a performer who will brandish their sword in a series of intricate movements while reciting samurai poems used before heading to the battlefield. You’ll also learn the art of the Japanese folding fan and discover the meaning behind the ceremony of seppuku (ritual suicide), which is also called hara-kiri.
    Finish your immersion into samurai culture with a photo session, where you can hold a sword and take a few candid shots with the performers.
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    Reviewed June 18, 2019 via mobile

    This show was very informative and interesting to see. Definitely worth it, if you have some extra time.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank MorganLD_1
    Reviewed June 6, 2019

    An intimate theater experience, where the audience can truly enjoy Japanese storytelling, dance and music. The performance is a lovely introduction to Japanese culture. Our 10-year-old had a history lesson without even realizing and he loved it!

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    Reviewed June 3, 2019 via mobile

    Very informative and entertaining show. Our 14 year old son loved it. The theater is centrally located close to downtown and shopping area.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Trip441647
    Reviewed May 29, 2019 via mobile

    My 18 year old daughter really enjoyed this. The performers acted out several “plays” educational in nature. At the end we were taught how to hold the swords and perform a couple of moves with them and take some pictures. It was an inexpensive hour...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank LMarieM17
    Reviewed May 28, 2019

    Went to a Samurai performance show at 17:15hrs, booked in advance from UK and glad we did as these shows are very popular and sell out fast. Enjoyed the performance that reflects Samurai stories, a narrator reads out information in English before each tale is...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank RJSAmie
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    August 31, 2018|
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    Response from K2139QRmarkh | Reviewed this property |
    About 1 hour. It’s well worth it 👍🏻
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    August 31, 2018|
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    Response from K2139QRmarkh | Reviewed this property |
    The show I attended in December 2018 was from 5:15pm to about 6:15pm 😀
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