Shudo-kan in Osaka Castle Park

Martial Arts Hall next to Hōkoku Shrine inside the park

By Takako Sakamoto    - 2 min read

When I was walking inside Osaka Castle Park after visiting Hōkoku Shrine I found a huge, impressive Japanese-looking one-storied building just next to the shrine. When I got closer I heard characteristic yells of someone practicing Kendo, Japanese fencing, from inside the building. The place is called Shudo-kan, equivalent to the Budo-kan in Tokyo, where people practice Japanese martial arts such as Judo, Kendo, Kyudo (archery), Naginata, etc. It didn't surprise me, since this place was once a gigantic fortress, and includes Osaka Castle where heavy battles were fought in the 16th century, and which was heavily bombed during WWII. Even before Osaka Castle was built, a battle between Oda Nobunaga's army and warrior monks of Ishiyama Honganji Temple was fought here. The place has been somehow connected to 'battles' for more than 400 years and some people are still practicing how to fight! Well, it is probably just a coincidence, isn't it? For further guidance to curious things to see in Osaka Castle Park please refer to the links below.

Osaka Castle Park Series 1. Osaka City Museum Building 2. Hōkoku Shrine in Osaka Castle Park 3. Small shrines inside Hōkoku Shrine 4. Shusekitei in Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka 5. Beauties at Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka 6. Shudo-kan in Osaka Castle Park 7. Kyoikuto in Osaka Castle Park 8. Pretty Flowers in Osaka Castle Park 9. Animals in Osaka Castle Park

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.