Established in 1955, Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute Kendo Dojo is one of the oldest kendo dojos in southern California. Maki Miyahara, Hanshi Hachi Dan (8th degree black belt), is one of the original senseis, until recently continued to practice at the dojo until in his 90s. The current head instructor, James Yamasaki, Go Dan (5th degree black belt), had studied under Miyahara sensei for 40+ years. The dojo is a member of the Southern California Kendo Federation. 

Our dojo is a member of the Southern California Kendo Federation. To find out kendo events in southern California, please visit the SCKF website :  



Our dojo logo is a rose, which represents the city of Pasadena with the word, "kendo" in kanji. Logo was designed by Maureen DeGuzman.

Dojo logo

We practice at the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute. If interested in learning more about the center, please visit their website : 

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