Life in Kyoto: welcome to the Kenshusei House

This post was originally posted at the Aikido Mugenjuku Kenshusei blog….

As you know, Herve, Scoot, and Alex live together in an apartment with an old man, chris.  We call it the Kenshusei House.  Did you ever wonder what the Mugenjuku Kenshusei House looked like?  You did?  Well, you’re in luck.  Take a gander at these fine photos…

Our building is right next to the LIFE supermarket, so it is easy to get dinner.


Just like everywhere in Japan, there are piles and piles of bicycles.  But our bike-parking is across from the Tozando martial arts store…

2…so we get to see samurai armor when we leave the apartment every day!


We can accept mail from anywhere in the world.  We’re just waiting for letters…

3…addressed to MUGENJUKU dojo’s RARUERU (Herve LARUELLE), MIKERUSON (oldmanChris), GUSEFU (Alex GUSEV), or RICHÂDOZU (Scott RICHARDS).


You can see Mt. Hiei from our back door.


We hang our umbrellas out just like our neighbors.  Our neighbors all know who the guys are… “apartment 309: the Mugenjuku Kenshusei…”



kenshusei-placard-fullThe shower and laundry are a place of peace.  May it ever be so.



Last year, Nick maintained a small Shinto shrine in our apartment.  This year, in the Kenshusei House we don’t have a kamidana, so I moved Nick’s pictures of O-sensei and Kancho to a convenient location…

10b(take it away, Dionne…)

The moment I wake up
Before my body gets taped up
I say a little prayer for you
Oh, while covering my bruises
And bleaching out blood (hey, whose is?)
I say a little prayer for you


Forever, forever you’ll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and forever we never will part
Oh how I’ll love you
Together together that’s how it must be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me


Herve uses the dogi room to store his one-eyed, one-horned, flying rain suit.


There’s Wi-Fi, so Scott likes to listen to music when he’s cooking.


oldmanchris の room

couchroomAlex uses the patio to study Japanese on the weekends…


…and when he gets bored, he can read something great from the Kenshusei library such Angry White Pigeons, Aikido Shugyo, Aikido Jinsei, or KansaiScene.


If you want to practice a little aikido at Mugenjuku, please pay us a visit!