1988 年 21 巻 1 号 p. 48-59
“Homon-shugyo”, visiting practice was a form of training of kenjutsu in Edo era. And from it we know the state of kenjutsu in those days, in which emphasis of practice was mainly laid upon learning the kata (a training method for offense and defence patterns) of the school. “Higo-Kumamoto, Hoshino Ryosuke shugyo-nikki” is a document about “homon-shugyo” of Ryosuke Hoshino who was a son of Kakuemon Hoshino, whose “homon-shugyo” the auther presented before in this organ.
So in this paper I intended to clarify how his “homon-shugyo” was actually practiced, and considered the process of instruction in Katayama-school that he entered according to the document. Summaries are as follows;
(1) Ryosuke Hoshino looked up to the head of katayama-school as his teacher, which his parent Kakuemon had entered before, and visited him to learn its kata as far as to the stage to which Kakuemon couldn't get. The procedure of accepting Ryosuke as a disciple differed from that of doing Kakuemon in some respects, because his origin was already known and custom had been well established as precedent to accept other “homon-shugyo” trainees.
(2) Ryosuke's practice got to higher stage than that of Kakuemon. Moreover, he wished to see into the kata of Ohgi beyond the stage, which manifested his enthusiasm for kenjutsu. And the head of Katayama-school gave a warm reception for him, who acted as teacher at his Kumamoto clan.
(3) There were raughly two kind of rolls (mokuroku) in Katayama-school and trainees learned its kata according to them, which was an ordinary process of instruction in the school, and Ryosuke trained himself in this way. But in his “homon-shugyo” he couldn't get so as to “jun-menkyo”, a level of practice in the school because of a limitted period of time.