Japanese Sword School represents Japanese Traditional Martial Culture with iaijutsu and kenjutsu.
2013 was the year Vietnam and Japan celebrated forty years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. All through the year, the Japanese consulate, the Japanese embassy and the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Association organized festivities and seminars. These activities focused on economic, socio-political and cultural ties between the two countries. The Vietnam – Japan Friendship Association organized a seminar introducing Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu. Shobukan Vietnam dojo together with Otake Nobutoshi sensei took care of the content of the seminar. (Hochiminh Union of Friendship Organizations published an article about this event here.)
The event welcomed Mr. Hiroyuki Inui (representative of Consulate of Japan), officers from International Friendship Associations and all members of the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Association. Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu official representative in Vietnam Malte Stokhof was joined by Mr. Ong, a high level monjin from Singapore, Mr. Joris, a high level monjin from Belgium and fellow Vietnamese monjin.
Otake Nobutoshi sensei and the monjin demonstrated techniques including: bojutsu, naginatajutsu, iaijutsu and kenjutsu among other things. Later, Otake Nobutoshi sensei explained about the role of Katori Shinto ryu in Japanese culture. He also lectured about the process of forging swords and answered questions from the public.