Suzaku – The never ending challenge, moving the sword craft into the future

Written by Yamamoto Yasumasa(Tozando)Many roads passed through the ancient capital of Kyoto, for example the Tokaido, Sanyodo and Hokurikudo roads. The most important 7 main roads on which you could enter and leave Kyoto, in other words check points, were called Kyo no Nanakuchi(the seven entrances of Kyoto). Even to this day there are train stations and locations which reminds us of this history, such as Kuramaguchi and Tanbaguchi. Among those seven entrances, there was one called Awataguchi, nowadays it would be somewhere located close to the Higashiyama-Sanjo, or Sanjo Keihan Station area. Anyone who has studied a bit about Japanese swords would recognize Awataguchi as the area from where…

Tokuren Z: A Kendo Bogu made for winners

The Jutsuka Tokubetsu Kunren (術科特別訓練; Special Technique Training Department) or for short, the “Tokuren”, is a special Japanese police squad whose purpose is to promote and reinforce technical training within subjects such as Judo, Kendo, Taihojutsu, marksmanship, etc. to raise the overall level of physical and mental health among police officers. It’s well known in the Kendo community that some of the strongest Kendo players originates from the Kendo Tokuren police squad, and their long and harsh daily training routines makes them fearsome powerhouses that can be considered to be the true Kendo professionals, many of who are or have been ranked in the top in the All Japan Kendo Championships…

From the hands of the craftsman to the shipment to the end consumer

Streamlining the production process and sales of Tozando brand products From the hands of the craftsman to the shipment to the end consumer Production that starts with the raw materials Production is an important factor in maintaining consistent high quality of standard for our products. This starts with not only ensuring the quality of the raw materials that we procure in Japan, but also the materials that are made and imported from overseas. Our obsession towards the raw materials does not simply end at quality of the completed product, but also the process that leads there and the degree of perfection of the final product is also evaluated. In this…

Tozando’s Three Committments

We have come so far by being committed to our business Because we are committed we are where we are today The following are the three commitments that defines Tozando Committed to quality Being committed to quality can mean to provide top quality products without compromising, but in order to do so, you also need to ensure that the traditional craftsmanship and experience are passed down to the next generation. By only saying that you are the very best, or first class or being a certain generation, you wouldn’t understand the weight of tradition. Just by nurturing the experience and knowledge of our predecessors and inheriting their very soul through…

MUKOKU – A Controversial Kendo Movie Up in Theaters Soon

MUKOKU, based on Shuhei Fujisawa’s novel, will be going up in theaters all over Japan on the 3rd of June! The movie is about Kengo Yatabe (Ayano Go) a 5-dan Kendoka who stops practicing after causing an accident, now he spends his days drinking and working as a security guard. One day, a high school student with frightening talent for Kendo, Toru Haneda (Nijiro Murakami), appears in front of him asking him “did you kill your father?” Two men who can only live by fighting, please look forward to seeing the action scenes with plenty of Kendo in this movie. It is our honor that Tozando sponsored this exciting movie…

TOZANDOSHOP.COM Switches to US Dollars!

Tozando would like to announce a great change coming soon to our international website tozandoshop.com. As of now, while it is possible to display prices in multiple currencies (USD, EUR, etc…), all transactions are eventually priced in Japanese Yen. But by popular demand, and to make our prices easier for international customers to handle, we have decided to change the default currency of the website. Starting the 24th of May, 2017, all tozandoshop.com transactions will be priced in US Dollars, and the price of every product will be listed in US Dollar rather than Japanese Yen.   As US dollar is the main currency for international transactions, with easily identifiable exchange rates for…

2017/01/24 – New Kendo Movie “武曲 MUKOKU”

Check out this upcoming Japanese Kendo-themed movie “武曲 MUKOKU” starring popular actor 綾野 剛 (Ayano Gō). It will premiere in Japanese theaters in June 2017 and it looks like it will be a great movie for people doing Kendo! International release is still not announced, but hopefully it will be made available for international audiences also eventually and help increase the interest in Kendo all over the world! Check out the first trailer below, we will keep you updated as we get more information about this movie!

“Beauty buried within. Everybody loves Mokkei.” The Untold Story of Bogu Development

– “The kote All-Japan Competitors Love! Mokkei” The “Mokkei” brand has become so well known, that people go to great ends to seek it out. The Konyakko style of Kote was on the brink of being discontinued, but is booming now after regaining the trust of many Kenshi through the Mokkei brand. “We almost stopped production of Konyakko Kote.” – Hayashi Takahiro, Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan, Tozando The Mokkei Kote sold by Tozando is one of our representative products. It is safe and light, and easy to use. An increasing number of Kenshi are extolling the quality of this product. It is hard to believe that a few years ago it was…

For the children who carry the future of Kendo on their shoulders

At Tozando we love Kendo. Learning the way of the sword helps shaping your character by going through rigorous training. Even though practice can at times be strict, it is fun, and at the end of a hard practice you can feel the worth of the work you have laid down. This is what I find so charming about Kendo. That’s why we wish to support the Kendo community with all of our might and this also means that we would like to see more children starting to practice Kendo. I remember a certain Kendo Dojo about 30 years ago: The Dojo was full to the brim with children. I…

Tozando Physical Stores

Tozando currently has a total of four branch stores, three in Kyoto and one in Tokyo. In Kyoto, the Nishijin Store, Shogoin Store and Kyoto Budogu Store, and in Tokyo the Tokyo Showroom. Please see the detailed description for each of them below: TOZANDO NISHIJIN “KENDO” STORE Your one-stop in Kyoto for Kendo Equipment and also a limited amount of Aikido and Judo equipment. This is also the location of our Kyoto Kendo Workshop with experienced Craftsmen making Bogu and offering repair services. >>detailed information SHOGOIN “SWORD & YOROI “STORE The place in Kyoto you want to go to if you are looking for Japanese Swords, Antique Swords, Yoroi (Japanese…