Revered in Japan for eons, dragons are mythological creatures said to have
originated in China. They could live in the ground or the water, their roar
summoned thunder and storms, and they could freely soar the skies. Being
regarded as divine, they were seen as powerful creatures that also brought
success and prosperity, thus making them a popular motif among
There is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto called Shinsen-en (Sacred
Spring Garden). It is believed that a dragon god has resided in the temple's
pond since ancient times.
Shinsen-en is also called“Ryukousui” (dragon mouth
spring) as the water is always pure, and because the dragon can summon rain. To
this day Shinsen-en remains a well-known power spot among the citizens of
Inspired by this legend, this Ryu Koshirae features a dragon theme
on the Tsuba, Menuki and the Fuchi/kashira. The dragon is realistically
depicted, and looks like it could spring to life at any time. The blade is made with aluminum/zink alloy.
The Ryu Koshirae are made one by one in the Nishijin area of Kyoto, only a few minutes by car from Shinsen-en and also comes with a certificate with the “Kyoto Japan” Mark.
The "Kyoto Japan" Mark is a mark endorsed by the Kyoto Industry Development Consortium and it's given to companies that protects and develops the traditional craftsmanship in Kyoto, domestically and overseas.
As the Suzuku series of Iaito are made in Kyoto, Tozando has been certified to use the "Kyoto Japan" mark with the Suzaku series of Iaito.