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Clouds and Pine Trees That Protect Kenshi

The Kendo Mune has some decorations around the chest other than the beam of light. It is woven around the beam in a Kumo pattern (cloud), Matsu pattern (pine tree), or a combination of the two. The Kumo pattern has two lines meeting together from left and right before creating Read More

Kozakura and Shobu: Patterns that typify Samurai’s spirit

In the last article about Shokko, we spoke about the Shokko patterns on the Mune and Ago on the Bogu. This time we are going to take a closer look at the patterns which most Kendo practitioners are familiar with, such as “Kozakura” (Cherry blossom) and “Shobu” (Japanese Iris) patterns. You Read More