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 Post Comment 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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Jordy Delage June 30, 2017 2 comments Budo Studies, Seido Tags: , ,

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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Rahel Bünzli April 5, 2017 4 comments Equipment Tags: ,

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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Clarifications of the origin of the character “Bu” “武”

Clarifications on the origin of the character “Bu” “武”

The background of a false interpretation or the meaning of Budo/Bujutsu/Bushido


​In Asia as in the West, we often speak of the first Kanji of “Budo” (武道), the “Bu” (武), meaning “stopping the spear”.
This is an interpretation that dates back almost to the origin of Budo, that aimed to draw the picture of peaceful martial arts, ignoring historical facts. Let’s go back to the origins of the term to determine its true meaning.


Kanji bu artistic calligraphy by sho.goroh.net

Kanji bu artistic calligraphy by sho.goroh.net


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Rahel Bünzli January 20, 2017 Post Comment Aikido, Equipment

How to Choose your Bokken – Case Studies & Advice

The choice of the Bokken

And how it influences the Aikido practice


A few month ago, I spoke about wooden weapons from the perspective of traditional craftsmanship. The Bokken will still take the center of this article, but this time, I would like to change the angle and talk about how the choice of the Bokken influences the practice itself. However, I do not presume to give any advice whatsoever. I myself am just an ordinary practitioner and made my own choice that I stand by. I simply want to share with you some observations based on experience of practice, but above this, on a large experience regarding the weapons themselves. The advice and choice of your teacher however, are indisputable and my observations reflect only my personal view, based on my personal experience. There is just one thing I would like to clarify: I practiced at least a few hours with all the Bokken that I mention in this article.


Koryu Bokken

From top to bottom: Keishi Ryu, Iwama Ryu, Jiki Shinkage Ryu


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Rahel Bünzli November 4, 2016 4 comments Aikido, Comparison (how to choose), Equipment

Embroideries on Martial Arts Equipment

Embroideries on Martial Arts Equipment

Embroidery Workshop & Translation Practices at Seido


Having one’s training’s cloths embroidered is the most common thing in Japan. However, westerners often know just little about this topic and some struggle with making the right choice. That is why in this article we are going to talk about embroidery content, show some common mistakes and give advice on how to avoid them and last but not least, explain how we make them at Seido.


Aikido equipment Embroidery

Embroidery on martial arts equipment

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How to choose your Hakama


Comparison: How to choose your Hakama

For all Aikidoka, Kendoka and Iaidoka!



Choosing ones Hakama is often a complex decision. Is this your first Hakama or do you have some experience already? Which fabric corresponds best? What kind of finish? What quality at what price? We will try to answer these questions in this article by presenting the different types of fabric, the different finishes, how to choose your size and discussing the price range for each model.


Cotton Indigo Hakama

Seido Aizome Cotton Hakama

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