Chanbara チャンバラ

by Masaki

 Chanbara チャンバラ

Chanbara is a sword battle.

チャンバラは刀の切り合いです。

Samurai warriors fought in battlefields from the ancient times through the early modern period.

サムライ達は古代から近世初期にかけて戦場で戦ってきました。

Chanbara チャンバラ

They trained themselves hard by practicing sword martial arts.

武芸に励み、厳しく自分を鍛錬しました。

Defeating enemies in battlefields was their ultimate goal.

戦場で敵を倒すことがすべてでした。

But once peaceful society was established by the Tokugawa shogunate, military power came to be of no use.

ところが、徳川幕府ができて社会が平和になると、もう軍事力は役に立たなくなりました。

Political or administrative or academic power had a say.

政治力、行政力、そして学問がモノを言うようになったのです。

As time went on, chanbara became a boy's play.

時が経つにつれて、チャンバラは少年の遊びになりました。

In the age, when children had fewer playthings, chanbara was the most popular play among boys. They often masked their faces with furoshiki  in make-believe game chambara.

Chanbara チャンバラ

おもちゃがあまりなかった時代には、少年達がいちばん好きな遊びでした。

Today, boys have no longer played chanbara. 

しかしながら、もう最近では、少年達はチャンバラをして遊ぶこともなくなりました。

A computer game has taken the place of it.

コンピューターゲームにとって代わられました。

Chanbara was totally abandoned, out of fashion.

化石さながらに、見捨てられてしまいました。

However, in recent years, powerful supporters for chanbara appeared.

ところが最近になって、強力な援軍が現れました。

Chanbara チャンバラ

 Young ladies have played sword game instead of boys.

少年に代わって、若い女性がチャンバラをはじめました。

Chanbara has come back as sport.

スポーツとして復活を遂げたのです。

Young women use a air-filled rubber sword instead of a bamboo sword or a wooden sword.

彼女たちは、竹刀や木刀に代えて、空気の入ったゴムの刀を使います。

Players try to strike anywhere on the opponent's body to win the game.

試合に勝つには、対戦相手のどこを打ってもかまいません。

Because of its fun and fitness, sport chamber has spread overseas.

楽しいし、フィットネスにもいいから、海外にも広がりました。

Moving bodies actively and sweating adequately help  players to be free from the lack of exercise and stress.

活発に動き、汗をかくことで、運動不足やストレスから解放されます。

Samurai warriors in the olden times would be stunned if they saw young ladies playing chambara for fitness.

サムライがこれを見たら、ビックリポンでしょう。


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