At iCLA we have launched a project to build Samurai Armor by hand, and to wear it in the 2016 Shingenko Matsuri. To organize our project, we founded the Handmade Samurai Armor Association. We will post news of our progress, and the Association's activities here.
Samurai who worked part time cultivating the land, and part time as Samurai were known as Jizamurai. In that spirit we have begun cultivating our own organic vegetables, and of course enjoying the harvest. We will explore Samurai food culture and recipes as part of the fun. We will post news of our activities here, including how we cultivate, prepare, and even brand our vegetables as an entrepreneurial project.
The Art of Brush Calligraphy (Shodo) can be as challenging and varied as a career musician. However, it is possible to enjoy Shodo at many levels, and we have already begun by experiencing workshops in the art of handmade Japanese paper (Washi), and seal carving (Hanko), as well as how to develop your skills at using the brush.