A novel activity will soon be on offer for English-speaking tourists in Japan: They can take a martial arts class led by local police officers.
Starting in March, hourlong beginner-level classes will take place in the city of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, and will be taught by members of the police force who have black belts in judo and kendo, which involves bamboo swords. After class, you can stick around to watch the sunset over nearby Lake Shinji.
The goals of the program are to improve Matsue's tourism numbers, foster good relations between the police and the public, and help the officers work on their English.
According to the city's website, class attendees can borrow all the necessary equipment from the police station, but they'll have to show proof of accident insurance in case of injury.