Matsunaga Genrokuro - A traditional Japanese swordsmith
I got invited to visit Sensei Matsunaga Genrokuro, a traditional Japanese swordsmith at his home in Arao, Japan.
Not only was we able to watch as he demonstrated the stages of making Katana sword but also had his students show up at his 'Genseikai dojo' (meaning pure source school) to perform his very own 'Kobudo Shodai Ryu Zanshi' (Martial art that involves the drawing of a sword, approaching a target, cutting through the target, sheafing the sword and retreating).
After the performance we was invited into his home as he showed us his very own personal collection of Samurai items, including antique armor, swords, spears, guns all used in battle.
Sensei Genrokuro Matsunaga, one of the few sword-smiths still using traditional methods.
In order to make 1 sword, about 9kg of 'Tamahagane' (melted down iron sand) is required. After the temper folding and hammering, the final weight of the sword is usually only between 800g to 1000g.
Sensei Matsunaga Genrokuro's students displaying 'Kobudo Shodai Ryu Zanshi' (drawing of a sword, approaching a target, cutting through the target, sheafing the sword and retreating)
Makiwara (straw targets) for Shodai Ryu practice are soaked in water for at least one week, rinsed and cut whilst wet. This results in a target which is tougher to cut than would otherwise be the case and is, reputedly, comparable to the resistance offered by a human neck or limb.
Local Skateboard photo sessions around Nichinan area in Miyazaki.
Kanegahama beach lies just a few kilometer’s south of Okuragahama. A smaller beach with a great vibe. Free parking is also available but is more limited. Has toilet and shower facilities for use. Be aware of the rips here.
Okuragahama is selected as one of Japan’s top 100 beaches, with its white sand and green pines stretching across 4km. It is the most well known surf spot in Hyuga. A host to many international and domestic surf competitions. This popular beach comes with great free facilities. A huge carpark to fit over 400 vehicles, toilets and hot water showers.
Local Surf photo sessions. If you have seen our photographer floating around this surf spot then please check our photos below.
World Surf League woman’s qualifier series held in Hyuga, Miyazaki.
Along route 222 from Nichinan to Miyakonojo you will come across a road station just passed the Nichinan Dam called Michi No Eki Sakataniko. These kind of road stations are all over Japan and a great place to stop for snacks and local fresh produce. Here you will find the Rice terraces and waterfall.
Futo beach is located along Miyazaki’s most scenic coastal drive, Route 220. A quiet little beach town that really comes alive during the Summer season. Although you can swim here all year round, you will not see anybody in the water until the 1st of July.
Step back in time as you explore this quaint historical village. Often regarded as ‘The Kyoto of Kyushu’. Obi is full of historical sites to explore and has a long history of Samurai. There are many buildings and small museums located around the town and are full of information in many languages.
NISHIMORO FOREST PARK is located in the middle of a cypress forest surrounded by the Kirishima mountain range only about 1 hour drive from Miyazaki city. There is a pump track that has been built in using the natural features and flow of the forest. Great for both skateboarding and biking.