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Situated on the northern half of Japan’s largest island, Fukushima Prefecture covers 13,783 square kilometers (5,322 square miles) and is Japan’s third-largest administrative region. It’ renowned for its stunning natural vistas, clear lakes, snowy mountains, sake production and its friendly, welcoming people. But there’s something else: western Fukushima Prefecture was one of the last strongholds of Japan’s legendary samurai warrior class.
Fukushima’s Samurai Spirit
Often for good reason, samurai — the famed warriors and military retainers for Edo-period feudal lords — are among the most romanticized warriors in all of modern history. But what did that title really mean? What is the samurai spirit? Even more importantly: are the samurai still relevant in modern Japan? If so, how is it expressed and practiced in contemporary culture?
Thankfully, there are experts who dedicate their lives to answering these questions, and in Samurai Spirit of Fukushima Prefecture, 7th Dan kendo kyoshi (advanced practitioner of kendo), sword master and Kansai University professor Alex Bennett guides us through the historical legacy and the living presence of Japan’s samurai spirit.
Samurai Spirit of Fukushima Prefecture was produced by Tokyo-based media firm DigitalHub. The video was shot in and around Fukushima City, Aizuwakamatsu City, and Nihonmatsu City in February of 2018. The producers hope that this video will help remind the world of the natural beauty and profoundly important history of Fukushima Prefecture.