MATCHA: Way of the Sword at the Asian Art Museum

MATCHA, the Asian Art Museum's exhilarating evening mixer, returns on Thursday, August 27. View an Iaido demonstration with Esaka Sensei, participate in a Dojo movement workshop, and more.


Hailing from samurai sword techniques, iaido (ee-ay-doe) is a martial art from battle and warfare, preserved for 450 years. The iaidoka (practitioner) wields a sword not to control the opponent, but himself. We are honored to present a very special rare appearance by Esaka Sensei, one of Japan’s finest, esteemed iaidoka. Holding many prestigious posts, including instructor for Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan’s Self Defense Forces, and more, Esaka Sensei teaches iaido throughout Japan, North America, and Europe. Observe students and him demonstrate riveting techniques of iaido. Get in on a movement workshop and cool down with a docent conversation, create an artwork inspired by tsuba (a sword’s hand guard), catch a screening of Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman, stroll the galleries, savor a sake flight from the cash bar, enjoy music spun by DJ Tau, see Lords of the Samurai, and much more.

MATCHA: Way of the Sword
Thursday, Aug 27
5-9 pm | $10 admission


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