This Center was envisioned by Nobel-Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and his Samurai friend Okakura Tenshin. It was announced during Zenji's speech at the Official Indian Independence Day event. (Below with Indian Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia and his wife)
The Indo-Japan Samurai Center
The Indo-Japan Samurai Center is the only Center in the world authorized to preserve and promote the Samurai religion and culture and way of life in this day and age. Envisioned by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and one of the most famous last Samurais Okakura Kakuzo Tenshin, it aims to preserve the arts, culture, chivalry and religion of the Samurai to inspire and empower the world with a sense of honor, nobility and spiritualism -- instead of crass materialism and amorality. We are blessed to have represented the Indo-Japanese traditions of the Samurai at the world's top forums -- from the Olympic Games & Canadian Legislature -- to the US Congress & Faith Council that liaisons with the White House. Furthermore, inspired by Samurai Sempo Sugihara who saved 6000 Jews during the Holocaust, we fight for human rights and against antisemitism as well as bigotry in all forms, and we even organized the first Multifaith Commemoration of the Holocaust in association with the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
When India's Golden Age of Nalanda and Ajanta was destroyed in the worst holocaust in history, it was the Japanese Samurai who preserved India's heritage. One of the last Samurais Okakura Tenshin even helped bring Buddhism back to India via his friendship with Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore -- and together they planned Bodh Gaya to be a Buddhist town for all Buddhist nations. They also started the first Japanese language school in India -- as well as the first Japanese martial arts school -- both at the famed Vishwa Bharati University. As Tagore, Tenshin and Vivekananda have all been effusive in their praise of Buddhism as the spirit that binds all of Asia together, they envisioned a center that would honor the Indo-Japanese culture -- as well as the Samurai who had kept it alive after its eradication in India. Even today, the most spectacular temples of Japan bear Samurai crests -- and the greatest Samurai Generals from Tokugawa to Shingen made the preservation of Buddhism mandatory to the Samurai -- as well as Japanese lifestyle. We are thus committed to building ties between India and Japan - as well as promoting and preserving the Indo-Japanese Buddhist art, culture, heritage, and religion of the greatest Samurai generals -- plus using their example to make Chivalry cool again!
Our offices are located in the historic Samurai neighborhood of Tokyo and in the prestigious Bay Street financial core of Toronto --making us the first and only Samurai Center outside of Japan. We also house an unrivaled Samurai Museum with one of the world's largest collections of Samurai objects and artifacts and our Samurai Exhibit sponsored by the Govt of Canada and inaugurated by Akhilesh Mishra, Head of the ICCR, and attended by the Lt. Governor on behalf of the Queen and Japanese Diplomats was dubbed the "most successful ever held in Canada". Furthermore, we set records at the Olympics and the Panam Games by teaching the Bushido to a record number of medalists. In addition, we house a Samurai Temple to continue the Buddhist traditions of the Samurai -- who themselves preserved the Mahayana Buddhist tradition of ancient India's Golden Age that ended with the Nalanda Holocaust.
The Samurai stood for qualities the world is losing today -- Honor, Compassion, Courage, Respect, Loyalty, Truth and Justice. As the world is becoming crassly materialistic and more people seek a sense of purpose, we hope to use the Samurai as role-models to inspire and empower real-life heroes who can make the world a better place. We also aim to use this Indo-Japan Samurai Center to celebrate the cultural alliance of the world's 2 most important allies. Please contact us for more information and more updates will be posted soon. Furthermore, you can visit our sub-sites including: