The first educational student tour of Japan was held in 2007. Thirty-five students and staff members landed in Tokyo and traversed the island of Honshu to Kamakura, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto and Osaka. Visits were made to Himeji samurai castle, Tokyo National Museum, Gion Corner, Byodo-in, Ryoanji garden temple and Kiyomizu dera Temple. A special pilgrimage was made to the final resting place of the 47 samurai (ronin), Sengakuji. The Dojo returned to Japan in 2017 where students and staff members attended the holiday festival of Gion Matsuri. They registered 1,000 origami cranes at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb, attended kendo class (sword), Kyoshukin Karate class and even ninjutsu training in Iga ninja village. Other highlights included the "Eight Hells of Beppu", volcanic springs, Kiyomizu dera temple, Mt. Takasaki Wild Monkey Park, Miyajima Island and Kumamoto samurai castle to witness the reconstruction efforts from the April 2016 earthquake. The tour ended at the black belt graduation ceremony held at the grave of Miyamoto Musashi, the most famous samurai in Japanese history.
View made famous by the movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha".
Just one of the "Eight Hells of Beppu" volcanic pools.
"Here's to longevity."
Image of the fountain "I am content".