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Tozando 2018 Essay Contest

This contest is a unique opportunity for collaboration between you and Tozando. We are looking for budo enthusiasts from all around the world to share the insights and passions through our online blog. If you have an expeirence or idea that you want to share with the thousands of fellow budoka who visit and read our blog, then now is your chance!


  • We are looking for article submissions, to be published on Tozando's Blog, under your name.
  • Their theme must be centered around Japanese Budo culture, practice, equipment, history and personal experiences that stand out from the crowd.
  • Articles about general Japanese culture and history, relevant to Budo practice, can be submitted aswell.
  • The article must be written in English.
  • Articles must be an original, previously unpublished work (this of course includes online publication).
  • An article should be a minimum of 300 words.
  • Pictures are welcome as long as you hold the copyright.

How to Enter

Use TOZANDO ESSAY CONTEST FORM at the bottom of this page, or you may submit your essay through our customer service page.


In principle, articles must be submitted as PDF files, to give the general layout of the article.
If your article is selected, we might ask for original HQ files for illustrations and images, for publication purposes.

Submission Deadline

All submissions must arrive at Tozando Headquarters byJanuary 6, 2019, attached in pdf format.

Review and Selection

Submissions will be reviewed by our Board of Editors, composed of expert consultants (experienced budoka and press professionals) as well as Tozando staff members.


  • Up to 5 articles will be selected for publication. Their authors will receive 100 Reward Points, redeemable on our Online Shop, equivalent to a purchase $100.00 (USD) in value .
  • The Board of Editors may choose to award a special 200 points prize to an article considered to be of outstanding quality.


  • Entry implies your agreement on publishing your content on Tozando Blog( http://weblog.tozando.com), and advertising it on social networks.
  • If you are selected for publication, the Board of Editors might suggest editorial modifications or corrections. Failure to come to a mutual agreement on such modifications might result in the deselection of a submission.
  • General layout of the submitted file may be adapted to fit the constraints of our publishing platform.
  • In principle, one author cannot submit one article in several installments to increase their number of submissions. The Board of Editors will have to agree that a series constitutes separate articles and not one article in installments. Articles in installments will be considered as one.
  • Tozando Group employees cannot enter the contest.
  • Reward Points prizes cannot be converted into actual currency, and are to be used as is.