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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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  • 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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  • Inoue Yasushi student athletes, Shinohara players and old players have witnessed many times in the vicinity. I think Judo fans here.
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  • So martial arts museum indebted, matriculation, graduation ceremony, international artists concert since intimacy, but until now the Kodokan is almost have no knowledge about. Relatives came the other day from a local play is in a car near the through frequently without noticing for the first time visited here. Had said he wasn't interested, but relatives who take Judo lessons love to see because we watched for a while, but usually seen only on TV without Judo I felt fresh ★
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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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