Tokyo Now Has A Group Of Samurai Who Pick Up Trash With Their Swords

When you think of samurai, you probably associate the image of katana-wielding warriors with the values of extreme discipline and an honorable cause followed by an honorable death. Those ideas don't exactly translate perfectly to 2016, but there is one group of modern-day heroes in Japan who at least have the honorable cause and katana-wielding down: The Isse Ichidai Jidaigumi, a group of performance samurai who walk the streets of Japan collecting trash with their swords.

While obviously not your samurai of old, the Isse Ichidai Jidaigumi are a performance group who sport a look and code similar to Japan's feudal warriors, performing songs, dances, and sword shows at public events. While they originate from Hokkaido, it's their Tokyo subgroup (Jidaigumi Basara) that is turning heads on the internet, as they were recently spotted walking around Shibuya and stabbing pieces of trash with their sword-tongs and properly throwing them away.

Every warrior must have a code, and Isse Ichidai Jidaigumi are no different. They say that the meaning behind their name is "Once in a lifetime, on a big bet", which means they are putting everything on the line in their one life to raise awareness of ecology and pollution with their sword performances. This, they feel, can help start a revolution in the Japanese entertainment industry by attaching a special message to their shows. That's why they label themselves as "ambassadors of urban development."

The coolest part about this all? They strike badass samurai poses and shout cool catchphrases after they successfully dispose of filth, such as...

"Hearts that lack morality shall be punished!!"

Or when they find a piece of trash...

"Who goes there?!"

Responses to the above videos on Twitter have been overwhelmingly positive, with people saying:

"This is so cool!"

"The samurai spirit that modern Japan has forgotten is right here!"

"This is the pride of Japan."

"This is wonderful. Everyone else is having fun and the town is getting cleaned up. Truly the pride of Japan."

"I wanna try it with them!"

Of course, everyone is welcome to help purify the town

Cleaning up never looked cooler

If you can handle Japanese, they are actually recruiting at their website, although perhaps English speakers may want to try at their Facebook page.

Source:
@ERA1140 / @skmt1011 / @jidaigumi_tokyo / Facebook/Jidaigumi / Isseiichidai
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