BUJINKAN HOMBU DOJO

Bujinden Dojo was opened on the 9th day of the 9th month of the 9th year of Heisei Imperial era (1997.) and it’s placed in the city of Noda shi. Bujinden in translation means “The palace of warrior Gods”. On the opening of Bujinden Hatsumi Sôke stated that he is happy that the members of Bujinkan from all over the world finally have their own space which will become the heart of whole Bujinkan. In front of the entrance there is a wooden table with the inscription Bujinden, which emphasizes that it is the main Dojo of all Bujinkan Dojo’s.

Bujinden Dojo is equipped in a traditional manner. There are five Kamiza’s (traditional alters) in Bujinden, that represent 9 schools of Bujinkan. There is one big central alter, which represents Togakure ryu, Gyokko ryu,Takagi Yoshin ryu, Kukishinden ryu and Shinden Fudo ryu schools, and four small alters which each individually represent Kumogakure ryu, Koto ryu, Gyokushin ryu and Gikan ryu schools. Each of the schools have two candles and before training all 18 candles are lit. To the left and right there are pictures of Hatsumi Sôke and kanji which represents Heaven.

In the Dojo there are also 3 Nafuda (wooden frame with name tags) with the names of the best students of Hatsumi Sôke from all over the world.

The inside of Bujinden Dojo has walls of hard wood, the toilet, small locker room and a training hall of 48 tatami (the Japanese measure the interior with tatami/matrasses 2m x 1m). There is also a small kitchen where tea is prepared for training participants during training breaks, which they enjoy together with Sôke.

Under the Kamiza and around there are wall gantries with many traditional weapons of Ninja wariors for training, and along walls there are many paintings, acknowledgements and gifts Sôke recieved from all over the world, and there are two Samurai armours which Hatsumi Sôke uses during his teachings.

Sôke Hatsumi in Bujinden often draws and writes to new coming students and hands over drawings and caligraphy writings as a token of appreciation and a sign of welcome.

In Bujinden one can also attain numbers of the best Japanese magazine for martial arts “Hiden Budo & Bujutsu”, for which Hatsumi Sôke often writes.

Besides Hatsumi Sôke, in Bujinden Dojo other Shihans also teach, like Nagato Shihan, Noguchi Shihan, Seno Shihan,  Someya Shihan, Shiraishi Shihan, etc. Late Oguri Shihan also taught in Bujinden.,