A letter from Master Aramaki about the wooden weapon industry

A letter from Master Aramaki

And an insight into the situation at the wooden workshops


The past few months, we’ve
spent a great deal of time publishing our interviews made at the last wooden workshops of Japan this summer. Aramaki and Matsuzaki’s interviews are already live and Nidome’s interview is almost ready too. Following our encounter, and consistently with the subject we’ve discussed in those interviews, Master Aramaki sent a letter to all his partners presenting the situation at his workshop. Here is a free translation of this letter.

The Aramaki Bokken Workshop

Master Aramaki at the Aramaki workshop

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Meiji Kobudo Taikai 2017

Meiji Shrine Kobudo Embu Taikai

Celebrating Emperor Meiji’s Birthday


Every year, in memory of Emperor Meiji, one of the biggest martial arts demonstrations in Japan takes place, the so called “Meiji Shrine Kobudo Embu Taikai”. It is greatly supported by the Shiseikan, a training hall for Japanese Budo including Kyudo (archery), Judo, Kendo, Aikido and Kenjutsu (sword’s practice).


Hojutsu, Japanese traditional Gunnery

Hojutsu, Japanese traditional Gunnery


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Bokken Craftsman – Interview with master Matsuzaki

An Interview With Master Matsuzaki – Bokken Artisan

Japanese craftsmanship in a small familly business


August 2017, enjoying the quiet summer months, we traveled across Japan to Miyakonojo and the Kirishima Sankei region to visit 3 of Japan’s last Bokken workshops. We’ve conducted 3 interviews and here’s the transcript of the second one with Master Matsuzaki Yoshiaki, including some additional comments and information.
Interview by Jordy Delage, Seido’s Founder.

 

Matsuzaki Yoshiaki, Bokken Artisan

Master Matsuzaki Yoshiaki

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An Interview with master Aramaki – Bokken Artisan

An Interview With Master Aramaki – Bokken Artisan

Successor of the inventor of the modern Bokken


August 2017, enjoying the quiet summer months, we traveled across Japan to Miyakonojo and the Kirishima Sankei region to visit 3 of Japan’s last Bokken workshops. We’ve conducted 3 interviews, starting with master Aramaki Yasuo. Here’s the transcript with some additional comments and information.
Interview by Jordy Delage, Seido’s Founder.

Aramaki Yasuon, Bokken Artisan

Master Aramaki Yasuo

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How we helped bring Shopify to Japan

How Seido Helped to Bring Shopify to Japan

The Number One E-commerce Tech Provider


No, it’s not directly related to Budo, but nonetheless, it’s an interesting story that some of our followers may appreciate. Seido is one of the main contributors to the translation and release in Japan of the world number one e-commerce store provider. Why did we invest time in this? How did this happen? Trust us, we had good reasons!

Shopify

Shopify Logo

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Jordy Delage August 12, 2017 4 comments Latest News, Non classé, Seido

Bokken, Bokuto, Daito, Tachi? Explanation!

Bokken, Bokuto, Daito, Tachi? Explanation!

The various terms used in Japan for swords and wooden swords


In the West, the word “Bokken” is widely used to refer to a wooden sword. However, in Japan, the proper word is “Bokuto”. Although less precise, the Japanese also use other terms like “Bokken” “Kidachi”, “Daito” and “Tachi” etc. Let’s see what the differences are and where those words come from.

Bokken or Bokuto ?

A collection of Bokuto

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An interview with Alexander C. Bennett [Budo Studies]

An Interview with Alexander C. Bennett

PhD in Budo Studies & 7th Dan Kendo Kyoshi


Academic research about Budo culture and history is important, and popularizing it in different forms is at least as important as the research itself. Alex Bennett does both, and he does it well. Presentation of Alex Bennett’s interview by Jordy Delage.

Interview of Alex Bennett By Jordy Delage

Alexander C. Bennett

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The hakama is not meant to hide the footwork

The hakama is not meant to hide the footwork

The hakama: simple clothing of the nobility


The hakama serves to hide the movement of the feet in the practice of martial arts, and in Aikido in particular?

It is such a common explanation that it has almost become a truth for practically all practitioners. Unfortunately, it is false, and this is very easily demonstrated when we look at the history of this garment, how it was and how it still is worn in Japan.


Reconstruction of a ceremony in in the Kamakura period - The Kagami biraki (2017)

Reconstruction of a ceremony in in the Kamakura period – The Kagami biraki (2017)


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Bokken and Other Wooden Weapons Maintenance

Bokken and Other Wooden Weapons Maintenance

Varnishing, oil polishing, storage, repair and quality standards


Proper maintenance and correct storage of wooden weapons is crucial for two reasons. The first and most important one: security. The second, no less important for the practitioner, is to prevent the weapon from deterioration and warping over time. It is also possible to “repair” a bent weapon to some extent. In this article, we will also talk about our quality standards and processes. You will find all the information you need in this article to take care of your Bokken, Jo, Tanto and other weapons.


Polishing wooden weapons before shipment, at Seido

Polishing wooden weapons before shipment, at Seido

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Aizome – Japanese Indigo – From the leaf to the Hakama

Aizome – Japanese Indigo on Martial Arts Equipment

Visit to the Nogawa workshop – From the leaf to the Hakama


Aizome dyeing, indigo blue, also known as “Japanese blue”, is a traditional dyeing since the dawn of time. It has long been used in many fields: for working clothes, decorative fabrics to samurai garments and armors. Nogawa Masatoshi, 3rd generation, welcomes us in his studio and introduces to us the traditional indigo as the Nogawa workshop has been making it since 1914.


Indigo Fabric Manufacture for Kendogi at the Nogawa workshop

Indigo Fabric Manufacture for Kendogi at the Nogawa workshop

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