Paul's childhood inspiration and deep passion led him to his dream location. Join him and witness the unique story which began in England and now continues in Japan.
Born in London, Paul Martin’s interest towards Japanese culture started from an early age, particularly with his karate classes. Paul became a successful black belt with several championships in England and was later introduced to the fascinating world of Japanese swords at the British Museum, where he worked as a member of the security team.
Even though his work didn’t require it, he began researching Japanese swords and the philosophy behind them. With each discovery inspiring him, Paul transformed his hobby into a passion.
Learning everything about the swords and their philosophy became his new dream. To be able to do further research, Paul also began to learn the Japanese language at night. On his way to becoming an expert, by passing many difficult tests, Paul's hard work became rewarded when given the job to curate one of the British Museum’s sections about Japanese culture.
His new job gave him the opportunity to do further research and continue learning more about his passion. Now he is able to travel frequently to Japan.
Everything he witnesses in the birthplace of this cultural treasure makes him even more excited. As a result, he makes a brave decision to leave everything behind and move to Japan to follow his passion.
In the meantime, he completed his master on Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
After gaining several winnings on the history and culture of swords with Japanese experts, Paul managed to gain respect miles away from home, from the Japanese people.
Today he still resides in the Japanese city of Tokyo, where he settled in 2011 and continues to explore his passion of Japanese culture and swords. He also works as a consultant for many exhibitions and gives speeches at conferences.
The Eikando Temple, one of Kyoto’s 1600 temples, was built on 853. The Buddhist temple, sitting at the base of the mountain, creates a peaceful atmosphere with its Zen gardens and ponds.
FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA
Sitting at the base of mountain Inari, the Fushimi Temple is one of the biggest Shinto shrines in Kyoto. The length of Shrine tunnels, formed by Shinto symbols, reaches 4 kilometers. Open to visitors since 711, the temple with its colorful structure is a popular spot for photographers.
The district, first founded in the middle ages around Yasaka Shrine today is still one of Kyoto’s most interesting attractions. It is possible to see a geisha in every street of this district where the geisha culture, an important part of Japanese culture is still alive. The word geisha translates as an artist woman VEYA The term "geisha" is made of two Japanese words, (gei) meaning "art" and (sha) meaning "person who does.
Shinjuku, known as Tokyo’s administrative, financial and entertainment center is also the city’s transportation center. The Shinjuku rail station with 28 entrance-exits and over 3,5 million daily visitors is the worlds biggest station. The district is also home to the tallest skyscrapers of Tokyo.
One of Tokyo’s most important technology and shopping centre is a popular spot for Japanese youth and foreign visitors. The main square where six streets intersect provides an incredible picture.
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Dating back to the 13th century, Iado is claimed to be one of the main elements of samurai philosophy and Japanese martial arts. As seen in Paul Martin’s performance on the film, iado is about fighting against an imaginary opponent. This imaginary opponent is mostly described as the warrior’s own ego.
During this process, drawing the sword is practiced endless times a day in order to strive for perfection and was also used as a form of meditation for samurai warriors. Today, many people from different generations still continue to practice this art of war.