12 essays on spear/Hōzōinryū written by Kagita Chūbee (1957 - 2011), 20th sōke (headmaster) of the Hōzōinryū.
First published in the Nara town magazine Ubusuna, 2009.
Written by Kagita Chūbee, 20th sōke (headmaster) of the Hōzōinryū
Yari and Hoko
This time I would like to write about the types of spears called yari and hoko.
Written by Kagita Chūbee, 20th sōke of the Hōzōinryū
Historical traces of the Hōzōinryū
As I already wrote in the previous issue, the Hōzōin was still in existence at the end of the Edo period1 and sōjutsu was still taught there then. But during the anti Buddhist movement at the beginnig of the Meiji period2 its buildings were torn down and its land was expropriated. At that time regrettably its dōjō was lost as well as the archives of its writings. Thus there are only very few historic monuments related to the Hōzōinryū that are left today, which I would like to introduce below.