Avalon brings armored combat to Tokyo

Historical Japan isn't just about elegant tea ceremonies or graceful cherry blossoms. Sometimes it's about 15th century sword fighting. Members of Avalon, a sister organization of the SCA, teach the martial art at Mejiro’s Castle Tintagel, a European medieval martial arts training center in Tokyo. Patrick W Galbraith of Japan Today has the story.

The Castle is a center for the study of many kinds of living history classes, from Renaissance court dancing to Victorian corsetry, but the martial arts classes continue to be popular in the "geek-friendly" environment.