Learning to wield a samurai sword can give you a new perspective on Japanese culture, just like watching Rashomon while hanging upside down. Explore the world with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $49 for one month of kids’ classes (a $110 value)
- $49 for five adult classes (a $125 total value, including the class fee)
- $79 for five samurai sword classes (a $125 value, including the class fee) and a take-home sword (a $35 value; a $160 total value)
Classes cover topics such as ink-painting, traditional Japanese karate, Japanese classical dance, and manga drawing. All classes are held once a week. For full class listings, see the schedule.
Among the artistic beliefs held by Resobox founder Fumio Tashiro, not all Japanese art has to be made in Japan. As he has experienced it, Japanese art can be made by Japanese expats such as himself, foreigners inspired by Japanese culture, or students in Resobox’s classes, which teach Japanese arts such as ink painting and manga cartooning. Tashiro, a composer and stand-up bassist, encourages collaboration between artists in all these categories within his space, often becoming a breeding ground for art projects that start conversations on Japan or evoke its culture. Resobox also honors the country with classes in classical dances and iaido, the art of wielding a samurai sword correctly rather than just braiding it into your hair. The house café’s offerings also showcase Japanese cuisine, with bento boxes of broiled and salted yellowtail, stir-fried shrimp, inari sushi, and other delicacies, plus Japanese Nel Drip Coffee crafted with flannel filters.