Seido: Samurai Spirit and Tourism at the Nisshinkan School - Everyday Samurai

Seido: Samurai Spirit and Tourism at the Nisshinkan School

There were over 300 samurai schools in Japan during the Edo period, 1600-1868. The Nisshinkan was one of the most famous due to its size and high standards of Confucian education. Established by Harunaka Tanaka in 1803, it aimed to produce elite warrior social leaders with martial virtues.

Set in Aizu-Wakamatsu, now Fukushima Prefecture, the Aizu Clan displayed unyielding loyalty to the Tokugawa Shogun even as the regime imploded in what would become the Meiji Restoration and nationalist unification under parliamentary monarchy.

The Aizu Clan was instrumental in commissioning members of the Tennen Rishin Ryu Shieikan Dojo as the infamous Shinsengumi, New Select Corps, to quell anti-Shogunate disturbances in the capital of Kyoto.

In January 2020, Seido was invited by the Fukushima prefecture to a “Samurai Spirit Tour” in Aizuwakamatsu. Organized by the Samurai Spirit Tourism program and Kendo World (Alexander Bennett), this monitor tour aims at promoting the ancient samurai culture of the region.

Discover with us this important cultural asset of Fukushima Prefecture and of the Samurai History of Japan.

Website of the Nisshinkan Samurai School:
#SamuraiSpiritTourism Facebook Page:
#VisitFukushima Youtube Channel:

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ANA Strategic Research Institute Co., Ltd.
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Alexander C. Bennett

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Aizuwakamatsu City (Samurai & Byakkotai print):
A Samurai swimming with his Horse, by Utagawa Toyonobu, 1883:
Byakkotai Statues:
The encounter of Honnouji, in the Battle of Ueno, Japan (1868):

Footage by Seido Co., Ltd.: (en) (fr) (jp) (en) (fr)

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Brian Kamei

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