Category: Kyoto

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

Reflections from Tozando’s 2018 Renseikai

Members from the Japanese National Kendo Team including All-Japan Championship winners Nishimura hidehisa and kiwada Daiki cross shinai with participants from all over Japan and the world at Tozando’s annual Renseikai. The visiting teachers all impart importants lesson that can be applied in shiai and everyday keiko. Tozando’s Annual Renseikai Read More

Kurama-dera Temple in Kyoto

A trip to Mt. Kurama where Minamoto no Yoshitsune learned Kenjutsu from Tengu on

Seeing as we recently released the Kurama Bogu Set , I decided to visit the mountain Kurama it is named after and see with my own eyes what makes it special. Mt. Kurama is located North of Kyoto. It is believed that Kurama is infused with energy from the deity Read More

Atago Shrine on Mount Agato

The Belief System of Commanders During the Warring States Period

The Japanese people’s reverence of nature dates back to ancient times and is rooted in the religious worship of nature, especially since the prosperity of Sangaku Shinko. This roughly translates as ‘mountain worship’ and originated as a practice in Shugendo in the 7th century as an amalgamation of beliefs and Read More

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

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 Read More

Samue: Uniform for Samu

The Samue (作務衣) was originally a type of work clothes for Zen Buddhist priests in Japan and was something that they would wear when they were cleaning, cutting firewood, working the fields and do other daily tasks around the temple. Since it originally was a type of working garment, it Read More

Seimei Jinja Shrine

Seimei Shrine – A Mysterious World in Nishijin, Kyoto

Written by Takahiko Kimura, Tozando CEO A short 10 minute walk from the Tozando headquarters, you can find the Seimei Shrine which is known to worship the god that ward off evil and evil spirits. Just hearing “Seimei Shrine” many people might already have an idea of what it is Read More

My ‘Win A Trip To Japan VIII’ Experience

Written by Damon Schearer (Australia), winner of the 8th Edition of Tozando’s “Win a Trip to Japan” Experience.  I would like to thank Tozando and of course Tozando President Takahiko Kimura for this wonderful opportunity. I have been to Japan several times but mostly for Budo training and have seen Read More