Category: Kyoto

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

Great trip to Kyoto in summer!

Written by Christian Domittner, DC (Austria), winner of the 8th Edition of Tozando’s “Win a Trip to Japan” Experience. First of all, thank you, Tozando! You were all great hosts and everyone made me feel very special. I was so very lucky to have been the chosen winner. It was Read More

My “Win A Trip To Japan” Experience

Written by Ismail Hasan (United Kingdom), winner of the 7th Edition of Tozando’s “Win a Trip to Japan” Experience.  “Dear Ismail, Congratulations, you have been chosen as the winner of the 7th edition of our “Win A Trip To Japan” contest!” It was very early in the morning and news Read More

My trip to Kyoto, Japan

Written by Riku Huomo (Finland), winner of the 4th Edition of Tozando’s “Win a Trip to Japan” Experience.  First of all I would like say that before this trip I had only visited few different countries in Europe. I know only the very basics phrases of Japanese, so I really Read More