The Asian Art Museum presents Matcha: Way of the Sword next Thursday, which is the second event in their three-part MATCHA series.

Iaidō is a Japanese martial art from the days of samurai battle, associated with smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword, not to control the opponent, but one's self. Esteemed swordsman Esaka Sensei will make a special rare appearance, in which he and students will demonstrate riveting techniques of iaido.

There will also be movement workshops and docent conversations, opportunities to create artwork inspired by tsuba (a sword’s hand guard), and screenings of Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman. Additionally, the galleries will be open for viewing, including the special Lords of the Samurai exhibition, a sake flight from the cash bar will be served, music will be spun by DJ Tau, and much more.

Email us your full name at [email protected] with Matcha in the subject line, and the 10th entrant wins a pair of tickets to next Thursday's event.

UPDATE: Contest Closed. Congratulations, J.S.!

Thursday, August 27, 5 to 9 p.m. // Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin St) // $10