The founder of Iaido,Hayashizaki Shingo Shigenobu Shigenobu

Founder of Iaido , Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu was born in 1542 (Sengoku period) at Oushu Tateoka (now known as Murayama city).

His father, Asano Kazuma was assassinated by Sakaichi Unsai in his way back home.

The founder of Iaido, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu , was enshrined here in Iai Shrine located in Murayama City, Yamagata Prefecture.This place regarded as sacred place for samurais around Japan and being visited every year upon spring.

Place where it was all started, Hayashizaki Iai Shrine

Iaido spirit

It is said the ultimate goal for Iaido mastery is not capability of killing someone, but in pursue for the greatness of inner spirit and mind.In Iaido, there is "Kata" or movement of Iaido which inherited from 450 years ago.Iaido training begin with learning the manner of iaido and the meaning behind of the movement.It is all about improving oneself to be a better person.

Iaido original experience

Murayama City Tourism Association