Category: Samurai/Bushido

Bringing Sasaki Kojiro’s Sword to Life – Part 1

In the recent Movie “Musashi” by Mikami Yasuo, the famous jidaigeki actor Ken Matsudaira plays Sasaki Kojiro – Musashi’s infamous final nemesis. In this article Takahiko Kimura, Tozando’s chairman, discusses with Matsudaira about his role and the development of his signature weapon – the “Monohoshizao” (known affectionately as the laundry Read More

Budo and the Self

In this article – Stefania, one of the member’s of our International Team who is only just starting Iaido, shares her perceptions of Japanese martial arts and what has impressed her so far. Budo (Japanese martial arts) and spirituality. That’s a topic that has been in my mind for a Read More

Thus Spoke Hayashi, vol. 4

Following on form our previous discussions, we would like to hear more about your opinion on the development of the human character through the lens of kendo. Although it is easy to say many noble things about the human spirit and kendo, as expected it is a far from simple Read More

The Naginata

Just like the katana, the naginata conjures up many images of feudal Japan: the dedicated footsoldier, the heroic onna-bushi and also the devout warrior-monk to name, but a few. Whilst grounded in truth, these perceptions have warped our image of the naginata and its use perhaps more so than any other traditional Japanese weapon. To many the naginata and its accompanying ryu-ha are “feminine” or the sole domain of the warrior-monks. This is far from the case!

Where did your fascination with budo come from?

We have another of our essay contest winning entries to kick off this week. In this article Arash explores how his connection to Japanese budo developed and also shows how it now manifests in his sons. We all have our own experiences with discovering budo, but many of us did it alone.

Kendo practice Keiko in the sunset

Tozando 2019 Essay contest Winner: Kendo as a way of life is hard

This article by Mihai Dutescu takes a look at the objectives of kendo and why we should embrace the difficulty that lies ahead on our chosen path. Kendo as a way of life is hard Choosing to practice kendo as a way of life as opposed to only a sport Read More

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Tozando 2019 Essay Contest Winner: Olympics and Budo – a Questionable Mix

This article by Tyler Duffield explores the interesting relationship between Japanese budo and the Olympics. The Olympics and Budo: a Questionable Mix With the coming inclusion of Karate in the 2020 Tokyo Games, it is timely to pause and think about the effect of Olympic inclusion on Judo, possible ramifications Read More

The samurai ate much like everyone else, but not everything was on the menu.

Forbidden Food for Samurai

Nowadays, people usually eat three times a day, and we are strongly advised not to skip breakfast.  By the Meiji era, the three-meal-a-day custom was already in place, but during the Sengoku period two meals a day was the norm.  It was quite random, as sometimes there would only be Read More