Do you know? The secret to the number of folds on the Hakama and joints on the Shinai

The Nishijin Main Store of Tozando attracts many customers, helped by its location in Kyoto. Kendo is very popular overseas with many Kenshi worldwide. But since it is not an Olympic sport, the existence of a kendo world championship is perhaps not widely known. As a company that markets martial arts items, we feel the obligation to spread awareness of kendo. We want not only Japanese people but all the Kenshi as well as the general public worldwide to have a deeper understanding of Kendo. Many Kenshi overseas are unfamiliar with common customs, sayings, and legends surrounding Kendo. Today I would like to introduce something many of you probably may…

Is your Aikido Hakama really good enough?

About 20 years ago, getting a good Aikido Hakama would require you to either come to Japan yourself, or try to contact one of the few stores that would accept mail-orders and ship internationally. Additionally, if you didn’t know any Japanese, then it could have been quite hard to even communicate with the Japanese staff. Being an Aikido practitioner overseas was most certainly very inconvenient and time spending at that time. Nowadays the world has changed, whether you get one directly from Japan online, buy one that is sold locally from one of the Budo stores in your own country, or buy one directly from Amazon or any other major…

About the attitude towards appearance in Iaido

Written by Hideki Matsuno, Iaido Renshi 6-dan(Tozando) In Budo, appearance and the way you dress is a very important element, and it’s often said that your appearance is a mirror of your mind. If your appearance is disorderly, it shows that your mind is disturbed. Always remaining well dressed and tidy, this is also something that requires practice. It’s said that just the thought that it’s alright even if your appearance get a bit disorderly, poisons your mind and affect your technique, and when you think that it’s alright to be a bit sloppy with your appearance, you might unconsciously be sloppy when you swing your sword also. Tozando Anti-bacterial…

Why do you not wear any underwear when doing Keiko in Kendo?

Among those who are about to start Kendo, Jr High- and High School students, this remains one of the most common questions among students in Japan to this day. “Why do you not wear any underwear when doing Keiko in Kendo?” In schools and Dojo with a long history in Kendo it’s sometimes also regarded as an “unwritten rule” among the Kendoka. So why do we not wear underwear when we do Keiko? The short answer would be that you are free to wear underwear if you want to, but it’s a customary not to. After a lot of research, it seems to have its roots in traditional kimono customs,…

Tozando celebrates ‘Hello Kitty’ 40th Anniversary ‘Tozando x Hello Kitty’ for the future of Kendo

Perhaps many of you have seen the picture of a ‘Hello Kitty’ themed Kendo Bogu floating around on the internet, but did you know that the Bogu was actually made by Tozando? Tozando made this Bogu in cooperation with SANRIO CO. ,LTD. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Hello Kitty’, a character that enjoys much popularity in Japan as well as around the world. Let us first point out that the Bogu shown in the picture is NOT for actually use during Kendo practice. The Hello Kitty Bogu in the picture to the left is strictly for display and the result of a collaboration with SANRIO CO.,LTD. that was meant…

To have your name embroidered/engraved in Japanese

Thanks to the modern computer-aided sewing machines, it has become very easy to have our name embroidered on our Gi or Hakama. It is decorative and useful (for example: it is certainly easier to retrieve our own stuff、 in case all our clothes get mixed up in a sudden tornado that invests our Dojo dressing room). Surely the first idea is to write the name in Japanese, since we all so admire Japanese culture that we picked up a Japanese martial art and possibly cultivate some other Japanese hobby, from origami to Ikebana. We like the writing to be in Japanese because in case we meet our all-important sensei, we…

Can you embroider my customized Kamon?

Yes, we can. We provide various Kamon embroideries of traditional Japanese family clan but if you would like to embroider your own Kamon or calligraphy, that’s something we can do. Please, send us the file and prefered size (3x3cm or 4x4cm). 

What is “Tetron” ?

“Tetron” is a polyester material and registered trademark of Toray and Teijin companies. Our Tetron products are made of 65% polyester/35% rayon blend.