Tozando Kendo Bogu Sets
Hand-Stitched Kendo Bogu Set "SOUSHO"
Photos show the 1.0 Bu Deerskin model with a Nanamezashi Shokou pattern on the Ago and Gobanzashi Shokou pattern on the Mune.
The following items are included with this product:
Deluxe Light Weight Bogu Bag ALABESK
Tenugui Bunbufuki White
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1.5bu (Deerskin) [Add ¥36,000]
1.2bu (Deerskin) [Add ¥61,000]
1.0bu (Deerskin) [Add ¥115,000]
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Only the real brings the atmospherical beauty and strength!
Mengane is all titanium featuring durability.
Futon is made of high-quality cotton, all hand-stitched by french seam method, also known as Fukuronui in Japanese. In this way Futon comes in neat and fine design and becomes lighter because after stitched both outside and inside out to look like a pocket, only adjusted amount of material is stuffed to fit. In normal sewing method good amount of material is laid between fabrics and lastly trim it where excess stuffing could happen. Inside of Futon a compound of Japanese felt and cotton is padded. Also deluxe level of indigo-dyed deerskin is attached onto Futon.
Chin guard is available for six different designs.
Do consists of 60 pieces of genuine beautiful bamboo and is lacquered with traditional Japanese Urushi to bring long-lasting gloss. Urushi has been loved from long time ago because of its antibacterial property and tasteful fine luster. Varnished black-colored Urushi on frontal and natural Urushi on inside. The chest guard is made of Krozan leather which requires manual time-taking process; first, leather is smoked to make it more durable and air goes through better. And then varnish with liquid iron following lacquer, which turns into gorgeous black color later. After completely dried it under the sun, a craftsman rub it with own hands to make surface uneven and lacquer only on projected surface and then lacquer two more times after that.
Six different designs are available for Mune.
Knuckle of Kote is also indigo-dyed deluxe level of deerskin same as the rest leather parts. Kote palm is Shoto which means smoked deerskin featuring comfort and softness. A compound of Japanese felt and cotton is padded inside of forearm of Kote.
Tare is also natural indigo dyed with stitch of 6mm in width and trimmed beautifully by our expert craftsmen. Deluxe level of deerskin is attached. 6-line of silk braids is decorated.
Tenugui Towel, Men Himo/Do Himo included.
Proudly assembled in Kyoto, Japan. Please allow approximately 2~4 months for the production.
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Top 5 Reason for you to choose Tozando Kyoto Series Bogu
1. Hide for Menbuchi
Because we consider "Menbuchi-tying" is very important, we choose the finest hide and make it all by hand by the master craftsman. Being able to choose the appropriate hide has the big influence on making the well-balanced, aesthetic Kendo Men.
2. Handmade Uchiwa
Many Kendo masters say that, if the Men is appropriately assembled by the master craftsman, Men himo cord is unnecessary to put the Men on. That's why Uchiwa ring of Tozando's Kyoto series Kendo Bogu is all handmade by the master craftsman only.
3. Monomi Adjustment
We attach the Uchiwa ring and Mengane according to each order unlike the norm that the premade Men is adjusted according to the given information. The view through the Mengane metals, so-called Monomi, will affect your posture and performance.
4. Special Tie Cord for Menbuchi hide
Tying the Mebuchi on Men is crucial. And Tozando uses the special, extra-strong cord to make it perfect.
5. Japan Urushi Lacquer
No artificial lacquer is used. The true, natural Japan Urushi lacquer is richer and deeper in the Japan black. Tozando is daringly using the Japan Urushi of Kyoto's origin.
All Kendo Bogu from Kyoto Tozando Series are assembled in Kyoto, Japan by the master of Bogu-crafting, Mr Tahara Hakuzan and his pupils and he is in charge of instructing other ambitious craftsman rigorously as well as making his masterpiece quality Kendo Bogu by himself.
In order for us to keep the price as low as possible and the quality as high as possible, each small part is made at a joint management factory in we are exclusively contracting with and the periodical quality inspection and the technical guidance are frequently being performed. Mr Tahara himself often visits the factory to hand down his mastery of Bogu making skills and sometimes invites the staffs in Japan for the training camp. And these parts are assembled in the heart of Kyoto tradition, Nishijin, by Mr Tahara Hakuzan and his pupils and of course each final Bogu is carefully inspected by his own eyes as tehe master craftsman.
If you are looking for a high grade Kendo products such as Kendo Bogu assembled by the master, why would you not choose the Tozando's Kyoto series hand-stitched Bogu set.
Tahara "Hakuzan" Hirofumi
Born on the 13rd of June, 1955 in Miyazaki prefecture of the Kyushu island, Tahara Hirofumi entered the world of Kendo Bogu making at the age of 18. After serving several years of apprenticeship, he joined two Bogu companies as a full time Bogu craftsman. Because of his outstanding works and dedication, he became the chief of both factories. At the age of 30, he became an independent craftsman and moved to Iwate prefecture then opened his small Bogu workshop. During this period in Iwate, he constantly made sets of excellent Bogu set that were worn by many Kendo practitioners including the world champions and thousands of Sensei. In 2007, Tahara Hakuzan signed a contract for the position of an exclusive factory chief and an executive officer of Tozando Co., Ltd. His experieces of Kendo Bogu crafting and assembling has already passed 30 and several years and his quest for making the pinnacle of Kendo Bogu never still keeps going on.
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