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In November 2014, Yuya Takenouchi became the youngest ever winner of the All Japan Kendo Championships. Having started Kendo at the age of 3, he went on to win a string of national tournaments as he grew, not only taking the All Japan title, but also going on to represent Japan at the 16th World Kendo Championships. Upon his selection for the Japanese team being decided, we invited Takenouchi to collaborate with the Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co., Ltd. to design his very own signature Bogu set. The result is JIKORYU - and now, it is also available to you.
This video features All Japan Champion Yuya Takenouchi and his meeting with The Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co.,Ltd. (Japanese only)
Manufactured by Japan's only workshop capable of producing 100% MADE IN JAPAN Kendogu, JIKORYU is reinforced using genuine Japanese ‘Aizome’ dyed Orizashi cotton, #10,000 grade cotton, and premium cuts of genuine 'Aizome' dyed deerskin. A new style of Futon construction, available for the first time commercially, make JIKORYU not only lightweight, but also extremely shapeable and comfortable. Further, the 6mm 'Koushizashi' (grid-pattern double-stitching) the Futon offers a revolutionary level of comfort, flexibility and durability. Essentially, stitches run through the Futon both vertically and horizontally, providing a flexible, yet strong framework. Based on the design of the popular RYOUGA, JIKORYU's appearance is truly is iconic, thanks to it being based around its domestic predecessor - HAKKOU JIRUSHI - popular amongst some of Japan's most famous competitors and teachers.
Men : 1,340g
Kote : 450g
Do : 1,450g
Tare : 635g
Total approximate weight : 3,875g
JIKORYU offers a fully made to order, made in Japan option for those looking for a premium quality Bogu set, that is suitable for literally all occasions. Utilizing the very best quality materials, JIKORYU is soft and flexible, lightweight, and extremely durable. Unique to the JIKORYU is the implementation of both a new Futon construction, and also stitching method. Not only does JIKORYU feature diagonal Koushizashi stitching on the Mendare, to give extra comfort, the overall 6mm Fine-Koushizashi stitching - equivalent to around 2.0 bu in traditional terms - gives excellent flexibility, and at the same time optimum durability. Fine-Koushizashi is when the stitches are applied in a grid-pattern, as with regular Koushizashi, but the space between the stitches is reduced to 2mm. This may seem counter-intuitive in an age of longer stitches, providing more flexibility and comfort, however, thanks to the newly designed super-soft Futon, these short stitches provide the extra bit of rigidity needed in order to give the ability to shape the Bogu perfectly - without sacrificing comfort. Further, the shorter stitch length gives improved durability, making JIKORYU the most durable Bogu set from the Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co., Ltd. to date. Finally, the diagonal cut applied to the Mendare, and the Tare panels add to the sharp, yet dignified overall appearance.
The JIKORYU Men is completely made to order to your exact sizes, using high quality Shoai-zome cotton, and top-grade genuine 'Aizome' deerskin for the reinforcements. The design is simplistic overall, and features diagonal 'Koushi-Nanamezashi' stitching on the Mendare, for excellent comfort, as well as accurate shaping. The MUGEN Original Mengane is an originally designed Mengane, featuring an improved balance, giving improved lateral vision, and has reinforced Titanium bars in the strike zone. This gives the optimum balance of being lightweight, and also extremely strong. Further, the Mengane is coated with an original high-gloss coating, which strengthens the surface, preventing chips, cracks and dents. Finally the MUGEN Original Mengane is finished with matte grey on the inside, giving a cool and discreet outlook.
Utilizing our original 'Infinity Grip' technology, JIKORYU Kote present the culmination of generations of expertise in crafting premium Kendo equipment. The JIKORYU Kote are made, not only to your EXACT sizes and specifications, but they are made to – what we believe – to be the optimum design, allowing an unparalleled level of comfort, and ease of use. The full Orizashi design makes the Kote lightweight, and quick drying. Ultra soft bleached white deerskin palms are used, allowing for extreme comfort, and an accurate feel of the Shinai. Further, the 6mm Koushizashi stitching gives excellent protection, and unbeatable durability.
As with the other parts, the JIKORYU Tare is reinforced using genuine Japanese ‘Aizome’ dyed Orizashi #10,000 cotton, top-grade genuine ‘Aizome’ deerskin. Further, advancements have been made to the Mae-Obi, which now also features a diagonal cut at the side, helping the Tare sit in a visually pleasing manner when worn.
Every set of JIKORYU comes with a top-quality Genuine Urushi 60pc 'Roiro' Black Madake (Bamboo) Do-dai, though this colour can be changed to other colours FREE OF CHARGE.
*Please note that not all Bamboo Do-dai feature clear lacquer on the inside - some colours feature black or red.
MADE IN MIYAZAKI, JAPAN by The Kendogu Workshop of Japan Co., Ltd.
IMPORTANT – PLEASE BE AWARE THAT EACH SET OF MUGEN SERIES DELUXE KENDOGU IS MADE INDIVIDUALLY, FROM SCRATCH, FOR EACH ORDER. NO CORNERS ARE CUT IN PRODUCTION OF THE MUGEN SERIES, AND WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON THE QUALITY WE OFFER. THIS QUALITY REQUIRES TIME. PRODUCTION OF JIKORYU IS DEPENDANT ON THE WORKLOAD OF OUR CRAFTSMEN, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF THE REQUIRED MATERIALS, HOWEVER, IN GENERAL, PRODUCTION IS CURRENTLY ESTIMATED AT 10 to 12 WEEKS.
* NB: Although we are perfectly able to craft almost any size, please note that we might have to ask you for extra fees and extra crafting time if your measurements are out of the Japanese standards, since it will require extra materials, special designs and extra work for our craftsmen.
Please read our Layaway Policy carefully before you choose Layaway plan on your purchase.
Posted by Denys on Mar 6th 2019
purchased bogu to reward me after examination. My previous bogu was takuren set from Tozando, I have spent 10 years of practice with it. I have chosen Mugen occasionally, "8" was a date of past three shinasa of me), also I did believe Takenouchi who won his Seikai Taikai in brilliant style and was interfere in the creation of this special style bogu, has done a great job here too. I was desperately waiting for it around about 3 months after order. I fully happy with it, every single part of the Men is perfect, I like pattern futon inside and the grey colour inside mengane is exceptional, I did not think it is so important before I wore it the first time - not irritating, not diverting and attracting your eyes on it at all, simple like felling of glance through the transparent surface. Kote is described in the description - provide full protection and at the same time very soft and flexible allowing to control shinai well. Dou is perfection, this is my first bamboo dou, signed by master inside, urushi provides beautiful shine, lightweight, dou kazari did with special pattern, I do not know how it names exactly, but it reminds me the old style used for Yoroi (cat scratches). Tare is lightweight, the diagonal cut really provides a visually sharp view. I did not order personal embroidery, even it is included in the price. I was expected that a kind of autograph or arm print of the Champion will be included - I think it would be a good idea as it is referring to the Takenouchi signature. Also, I would be treating it more especially, probably pack it somehow special or exceptional as this is quite an expansive piece of art. I recommend it definitely as this is the costs of each cent I paid. Domo Arigatou dozaimashta
Posted by Unknown on Oct 22nd 2017
It is completely perfect. İ like it looks.