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Kodokan, Bunkyo

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Kodokan , or the Kodokan Institute, is the headquarters of the worldwide judo community. Literally, kō means "to lecture", dō means "way," and kan is "a public building" together translating as "a place for the study of the way." The Kodokan was founded in 1882 by Kanō Jigorō, the founder of judo, and is now an eight-story building in Tokyo.FunctionThe Kodokan Institute offers classes for those who want to master judo. The program is authorized as a non-regular school by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Its courses include the theories and practice of judo, and matters of general education. The course is divided into two parts: a general course for novices, and special courses for those who have completed the general course or its equivalent.The Kodokan also issues ranks, and many judoka (practitioners of judo) around the world become Kodokan members and have their ranks registered with the Kodokan.The Institute was founded with only nine disciples. The growth of judo in its early years is demonstrated by the growth of the Kodokan itself: 12 mats - May 1882, at the Eishōji, a Buddhist temple in Ueno 40 mats - Spring 1887, at Shinagawa's house, Kōjimachi 107 mats - February 1894, at Koishikawa-chō, Shimotomisaka-chō 314 mats - January 1898, at Ōtsuka Sakashita-chō 986 mats - March 1958, at 2-chome, Kasuga-chō, Bunkyo, Tokyo Today, the Kodokan has 1,206 mats across the five main dojo (training halls)—Main, School, International, Women's, and Boys'—plus a special dojo for retired judoka and special technique study purposes.
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  • Judo wear saw have a bow when passing by the last look at the boy. Building in orthopedic surgery, and dining room.
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  • Let's be honest. As I had already read, judo deserves a more checkered temple. The building has enough past and austere architecture. The store is limited to a small kiosk and Museum is tiny. But if you go to the Kodokan (almost obligatory pilgrimage for the judokas) it is mainly for a little closer to the spirit of judo. Two of my daughters and I are active and visit this shrine in the same spirit was borrowing a great emotion. As the experience did not stop there. By taking a few contacts, my daughters were able to integrate a course which took place in the great dojo (on the 7th floor). They were received with the greatest courtesy and kindness. A forum is available (free to access) on the 8th floor, and I was able to follow the entire course. We also had the right to a private tour of the different dojos located on each floor and a photography session. At the corner of each floor, we passed old sages in kimono (more in age to play in the cards but to attend the tatamis... and yet...) often red and white obi provided. An unforgettable experience that will certainly be one of the best memories of this trip.
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  • Impossible to get here by chance. No special tourist or specially indicated. The Museum seems "in its own juice" since the 1970s. The little shop down delivers the bare minimum of memories. In fact the only interest is to attend training via bleachers on the 8th floor.
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  • If you like judo it is a great place to look around, the museum part is not big but interesting nonetheless
  • It's the kodokan. If you do judo, you need to visit this place once in your life.
  • The sober and cold design for ju do ka men and women that does help concentrating on the Do!
  • Awesome place to see some good judo.
  • The holy grail of Judo. A must see for any Judoka

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