KINSEI 謹製"KINSEI" in Japanese means "carefully made". It conveys the craftsmen respectful proceedings while they put their whole heart in the fabrication.
A a MINE Bogu, the KINSEI is naturally all stitched in Pitch-zashi*, giving it comfort and protection unparalleled among machine-stitched Bogu. It is even deemed superior to hand-stitching in these regards.
The menbuton and tare-obi will shape themselves so effortlessly around your body that no break-in period is necessary.
KINSEI is semi-custom, and you can choose ago, mune and do-dai design (see options).
Six Layered FutonThe main feature of the KINSEI is its 6 layers futon, providing an incredible cushioning.
Every layer is carefully hand-cut by Mitsuboshi's expert craftsmen, for a perfect combination of protective thickness and elegant shaping. The oblique edge cut gives a smooth and neat silhouette to the menbuton.
Perfect Grip MINE KoteAnother feature is the improved grip provided by the new "F Shape" of this KINSEI Kote. Highly protective, the Kote construction will also bring you to a new sensation of finesse and control upon the shinai tsuka.
Kote te-no-uchi is made in Micropunch material for comfort and breathability.
Lightweight and practicalAs for the finish, KINSEI is full Orizashi, making it lightweight, easy to dry.
Mitsuboshi is a longstanding brand
in the domestic Japanese market, founded in 1953, it is one of the
oldest large Budo equipment makers around! Although maybe not very well
known internationally due to their limited exposure oversea, they are
known for high quality brand products such as the "MINE" Kendo Bogu and
Mitsuboshi is part of the Tozando Group since 2015.
MINE Kendo Bogu Series
Two decades have passed since the introduction of the immensely popular
machine stitched Kendo-gu, "Mine”, in 1996.
It was a revolutionary event in the history of Kendo as it was, and still
is, widely acclaimed as being superior to hand-stitched equipment.
Being fully manufactured in Japan, the "Mine" brand is custom
made at Mitsuboshi Direct. When "Mine" was first introduced,
was made between shiai and keiko versions. "Mine" was perfect
for any occasion. The more it is used, the better it becomes, which is
why it retains such a dedicated base of fans.
*A main characteristic of "Mine" is that its first Kendo-gu to
ever be produced with the innovative
stitching called Pitch-zashi. This is a special style of machine stitching
developed by Mitsuboshi in 1996.
It supersedes the hand-stitch method of production in that the futon is
softer and more comfortable,
but completely resilient to even the hardest blows. It was lauded as revolutionary
when it first appeared
on the market, and its popularity has not waned. "Mine" has stood
the test of time.
The thread in the Pitch-zashi is kept longer than usual which prevents
the futon becoming compressed
as it is passed through the machine. This results in a highly absorbent
cushion that easily withstands
the rigors of training while affording maximum comfort and protection.
It enables the Kendo-gu to mold
itself to the body shape of the user, thereby reducing discomfort and resulting
fatigue. It makes ideal
movement in Kendo a walk in the park.
The futon used in the kote was designed to be practical. As the main target
area, the padding on the
right kote is slightly thicker than the left. Mitsuboshi's Pitch-zashi
offers the utmost protection as it
absorbs the blunt force of the strikes like no other kote.
It is often said in kendo that the abdominal region (tanden) is where your
power is generated.
The Pitch-zashi tare supports the waist, and augments fast and agile movement
from the core.
"Mine" was not influenced by trends, costing, or keeping things
light. It was made to work, to be
the best fit and protection for the wearer, and be the best Japanese-made Kendo-gu.
Two decades later and Mitsuboshi's "Mine" is still loved by successive
generations of Kendoka. This is testament to its superiority.
Being the most durable and reliable Kendo-gu on the market, "Mine"
will be your lifelong friend in your pursuit of Kendo. Every memorable
match and moving experience you have in your Kendo career, "Mine"
will be a big part of the equation. There is nothing else like it.
Mine Bogu sets are still made on the same dedicated fabrication line, in the original factory.
- 6mm Pitch-zashi stitching
- 6-layered Menbuton
- Orizashi 100% cotton fabric finishing
- Bushu genuine indigo dye
- Sil-lead moisture wicking velvet Uchiwa
- Micropunch Kote Te-no-uchi
- 50 slats size reinforced resin Do-dai (availablen in 2 finishings)
- Godan Tekazari (5 braids) Tare with Gakukazari (frame design)