Samurai Kembu Theater, Kyoto

The Kembu (a sword dance) is a traditional performing art to dance to Chinese poetry and a Japanese poem with a sword and a fan. It is thought that the prototype of dance existed from Nara or Heian period, but is said that the modern Kembu was born after the Meiji Restoration.


In Samurai Kembu lesson, the participant changes into full dress of the samurai and learns the dance using a Iai-Katana (practice sword used in iaido). In addition to the exhaustiveness which not only how to handle sword but also the manners such as the ways of the bow teach, the lesson performed in English is very popular.


The fee rate is divided into a full-scale lesson or a simple lesson; adult 4,000-9,000 yen, 3,000-8,000 yen less than 11 years old. The lesson takes approximately 1 to 2 hours. In the end, you turn completely into a samurai and take a ceremonial photograph. Just observation is OK.


The Kembu is one of the traditional arts of Japan. It is the dance matching recitation of the Kanshi (Chinese poetry) and the Waka (31-syllable Japanese poem) with the attire of the samurai with a sword and a fan. It takes approximately two and a half minutes to finish the dance of 1 program, and the sense of values and the spirituality of the samurai are condensed. The samurai culture is one of the origins of the Japanese culture, the sense of values and beauty continues being valid in the modern Japanese mind.


The Samurai Kembu theatre is the most recommended for the demand to experience a Japanese-style that you can know “the samurai culture and the origin of Japan”.



Name:Samurai Kembu Theater
Adresse:35-7 Sanchome (Higashi-iru, Sanjo-hanamikoji) , Higashiyama-ku | B1F Neo Art Bldg., Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
Access:Tozai subway line "Sanjo eki Station” (1 minutes walk)
Price:Adult : 4,000 - 9,000 yen
Under-11 : 3,000 - 8,000 yen
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