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What is Japanese White Oak, Shirakashi?

“Japanese oak” is a collection of evergreen tall trees, from which long oval green leaves with an elegant luster and uneven edges grow. The Japanese oak is native to many countries in Asia, including Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, having more than 150 varieties. In Japan, the trees can Read More

Kendo Kata demonstration with Biwa(loquat) bokken wooden stick

Biwa – the tree that even Musashi loved

Of the many woods used when making bokuto and other wooden weapons the Biwa (Loqat) tree is perhaps the most beloved by craftsmen and practitioenrs for its distinct and unique qualities. In this article we take a close look at the tree itself and its conenction to budo. The first Read More

Isunoki – The little known yet hardest and heaviest tree in Japan

The isunoki tree (English; distylium racemosum), often shortened to isu in Japanese, is an evergreen, broad-leaved tree that stretches up to 20m in height. It grows mostly to the east of the Kanto region. Often the leaves will have insect galls forming on them. In the old days, children picked Read More

2016/10/28 – Tozando Complete Beginners Kendo Set Available now!

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to choose when you just have begun doing Kendo, what Bogu should I choose, what else do I need and so on.  So we have compiled a complete set containing a 5mm Fit-stitched Orizashi Bogu, Color-fixed Kendo Gi, Tetron Hakama, Water Bottle, Bogu Bag, Read More

2015/03/16 – Free Engraving on All Bokken/Jo/Bo/Shinai!

Starting today until the 25th of April we will be offering Free Name or Kamon laser Engraving for all Bokken/Jo/Bo/Shinai in our inventory! With the tournament season coming up, a lot of Budo tournaments and competitions are being held now all over the world. But putting your precious Bokken or Shinai Read More

What is the difference between a standard and a deluxe bokken?

Basically, the difference between a standard and a deluxe white oak Bokken is the quality of the wood used to make it.The deluxe one is made of wood from the core part of a tree while a standard type is made using other parts of a tree. It will of Read More

What is Asian Ebony?

The Asian Ebony grows in South Eastern parts of Asia and can mostly be found in Indonesia.  The beautiful characteristic grain of the wood, the smooth body and beautiful natural color brought forth without using any artificial coloring, could be said to be a piece of art in itself.  The Asian Ebony Read More

What is Camellia?

Camellia is also know as ‘Tsubaki’ in Japanese. Camellia is probably mainly known for producing beautiful flowers during winter to early spring, but Kendo practitioners recognize the Camellia as a source of great wood for Bokken. The wood from the Camellia is know for it’s luxurious color and it’s fine grains Read More