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  • May Special Discount

    10% OFF ON ALL IAITO, Jisei & Minosaka (until May 31st, 3 pm JPT)

    10% OFF on all Iaito

    In Japan, May is often considered the best month of the year. The weather is lovely, warm but not too hot and humid yet, and blessed with one week holidays at the beginning of the month (Golden Week). Early May, Japanese families traditionally hang Koinobori (carp-shaped windsocks) from their homes to honor their sons, a very strong tradition in Japan that leads to Koinobori flying everywhere adding much color and joy to the cities. It is said in Japan that the "Koi carp" is the most spirited fish, so full of energy and power that it can fight its way up swift-running streams and cascades. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals.

    We are witnessing a never seen before interest for Iaido all over the world. Iai is indeed a good choice under covid crisis restrictions as it can be practice while perfectly respecting social distancing. With the beginning of the school year in Japan our workshops (both Minosaka and Jisei) have slightly raised their prices (first time in years), and acknowledging that it is not the best timing for it, we've decided to offset this price revision by offering 10% OFF on ALL Iaito in May.
    We hope that this offer will help all new Iaido adepts to gear up at a more affordable price, not compromising with quality and acquiring the best of Japanese craftsmanship.

    This offer will end on May 31st, 3 pm JPT.

    Golden Week Holidays

    We will be closed on April 29 (thu), May 3rd (Mon), 4th (Tue) and 5th (Wed). Inquiries will be answered at a slower pace without interruption

    In Japan, April 29th (Showa Day), May 3rd (Constitution Memorial), May 4th (Greenery day) and May 5th (Children's day) are national holidays forming a series called "the Golden Week holidays"
    All suppliers, carriers and partners will be closed during the complete holidays, from April 29th to May 4th
    In order to limit the of orders piling up, we will be working on April 30th, although we will only be able to ship a minimum number of orders.
    Normal operation will resume on Thursday 6th.
    Please also note that orders containing products which are order-made or out of stock might suffer a delay of about 2 weeks if their production/preparation time includes the Golden Week. This delay is taken into account by our system and the date indicated at checkout stays accurate.

    As usual, our team is taking work home and will continue to answers emails at a slower pace and our website will stay fully operational.

    April report

    After a nice April fool, offering you to buy a (fake) "DIY" Bokken plank, we got back to work as usual with:

    • We released a big technical update that allows us to display our stock availability on some products with low stock and long production time. With our excellent logistic we used to think that such information was not very useful for our customers, but with the current situation at the wooden weapon workshop, things have changed and we believe that this new feature will make things much clearer for you.
    • Publication of a new interview in the "Budo, a way of life" series: Baptiste Tavernier, Budo & Art
    • Publication of a video of a Aikido Buikukai training sessions with Kimura Jiro Shihan from the footage we took when we interviewed Kimura Shihan a few years ago.
    • We also shot two more interviews:
      For our "Budo, a way of life" series, a discussion with Jessica Gerrity, New Zealander, living and practicing Kyudo in Japan and very often featured on Japanese TV and various promotional programs.
      And getting back to our "masters" interviews series, an interview with Yui and Hiroyuki Yashiro Sensei from Bugeido MUSUBI, a practice at the crossing of Art and Budo, at their Dojo in Tama.
      Those interviews will be published during the summer.

    That's it for this month, enjoy the discounts, and see you soon on SeidoShop.com!

  • April Special Discount

    10% OFF on our Beginning of School Year Selection (until April 28th, 3 pm JPT)

    10% OFF on our 'Beginning of the School Year' Selection !!

    In Japan, April is the beginning of the school year. One wonders if Japan set its beginning of the year in April (unlike most other countries) to match the end of the Sakura period (cherry blossom), the ultimate symbol of the ephemeral and perpetual cycle of seasons.
    We would have dreamed of the covid crisis fading away with the Sakura flowers, but the crisis continues and this new year will, unfortunately, start under dark skies.
    Despite the situation, our team is still working its best for you and many projects are following their courses as they should. Check the end of this article for more information on the latest news!

    For the beginning of this school year, we've prepared a 10% discount on 20 best-sellers, Dogi, Hakama, Belts, Bags, and Iaito!
    If you are in a helping spirit and would like to support us even if you do not have immediate needs, please note that our Dogi and Hakama workshops are those with the most difficulties (they're holding, thanks to you all!), so any order for textile products will be much appreciated!

    This offer will end on April 28th, 3 pm JPT.

    March report

    We are still continuing to add new products to our catalog, and here is what we added in March:

    That's it for this month, enjoy the discounts, and see you soon on SeidoShop.com!

  • March Special Discount

    10% OFF on All Belts & Embroideries (until March 31st, 4 pm JPT)

    10% OFF on All Belts & Embroideries!!

    After our lasts successful offers on Dogi and Hakama, we are now offering a 10% discount on all Belts & their embroideries. We have a wide choice of Black, White & colored belts that are designed for Aikido, Judo, and Karate practice! All of them are approved by the Aikikai Foundation and the Aikikai logo can be added optionally. Except for the soft models, all our belts are also at the Kodokan standards so they are perfectly suitable for both Judo and Karatedo.
    White and colored belts may be embroidered with a "non-integrated" embroidery, where the black belts can be embroidered either with a "non-integrated" or an "integrated" embroidery for ultra-long durability. Belts can be embroidered on either end, so don't hesitate to customize to your liking!

    Alongside these models, we also offer Iaido Style Belts & Kakuobi. The Iaido style belts are used by Iaido practitioners but are also popular among Aikido practitioners who prefer a thin and wide belt under the Hakama.
    The Kakuobi are traditional Japanese belts worn by males with a Kimono or Yukata, or in some martial arts under the Hakama.

    This offer will end on March 31st, 4 pm JPT.

    February report

    We are still continuing to add new products to our catalog, and here is what we added in February:

    • Our collection of clothing increased significantly with 3 new exclusive models:
      - The Deluxe Sashiko Cotton Jacket was designed with a Kendogi jacket in mind, but adapted to be worn over a light Aikido dogi, over a Kendogi, an Iaidogi, and of course over a Samue. It fits very well on both black and white Dogi, so we recommend this jacket to all practitioners who would like to have something to wear over their Dogi jacket in a Japanese style. Available in 3 sizes, Navy only.
      - The Deluxe Sashiko Cotton Samue made from Sashiko fabric, similar to the fabric used for our Aikidogi. Sashiko is a very strong, yet relatively light and breathable fabric. Used since ancient times in Japan for work clothes, this Samue is perhaps the most durable of our catalog. With 6 colors and 5 sizes to choose from, this model also offers the widest choice range of our catalog.
      - The Deluxe Sashiko Cotton Haori - Sleeveless Jacket is designed to be worn over a Dogi. It's a great jacket to wear over a light Aikidogi or over our Waraku Iaidogi if you keep wearing your uniform off the mats. It is also a great combination to wear over a Samue, and especially our Waraku Samue and Sashiko Samue.
    • Directly coming from the Aramaki's workshop, we added three new wooden weapons made of Ipe. Ipe is similar to Sunuke in terms of weight, and similar to Shima Kokutan in terms of resistance yet, a little heavier. Ipe (Tabebuia serratifolia) is one of the many woods that is called "ironwood" because of its extreme weight and hardness. This means it is not meant for hard contact practice, but rather for Suburi practice, light contact, and for display.
      Discover now the Aramaki Original Ipe Bokken, the Aramaki Original Ipe Shoto, and the Aramaki Original Ipe Tanto.
    • Last but not least, we added a brand new series of Calligraphy artworks made by Japanese calligrapher "Fuh-mi" (不美). Fuh-mi has studied calligraphy, poetry, and ikebana (Japanese floral art) since childhood. She is a Japanese calligrapher who mainly works in the field of contemporary art.
      She claims a style freed from tradition and does not hesitate to offer extremely colorful pop works or performed vertically to obtain dripping effects close to street art.
      All the works presented on Seidoshop are calligraphed on a selection of washi (traditional Japanese paper) and shikishi (card stock) made by master craftsmen from different regions.

    That's it for this month, enjoy the discounts, and see you soon on SeidoShop.com!

  • February Special Discount

    10% OFF on all Hakama (until March 1st, 11 am JPT)

    10% OFF on all Hakama!!

    After last month's offer on all our Dogi, we wanted to give you the opportunity to complete your budoka outfit with a 10% discount on all Hakama. All of our Hakama are 100% made in Japan, and our traditional models are made by the oldest workshop in the country, the one that basically invented Aikido's Hakama.
    Whether you practice Aikido, Kendo or Iaido, we have everything you need, from classic training models to heavy or Aizome models, including Nobakama.

    Of course, like almost all of our products, you can customize your Hakama, so don't miss this opportunity!

    This offer will end on march 1st, 11 am JPT.

    We would also like to take this opportunity to keep you updated on the situation of the wooden weapons workshops. Unfortunately, things don't get much better at the Matsuzaki Workshop, and the Nidome Workshop has significantly reduced its production due to the lack of high-quality oak. Production time for all made-to-order and custom-made weapons is still 4-5 months (orders placed this month should be ready by next June at best). Our stocks are still very low on most products, and the next restocking is scheduled for mid-March.
    We continue to monitor closely the situation and be sure that we will keep you updated as the workshop situation develops.

    Please note that we will be closed on February 11th (Thursday), the foundation day, and the 23rd (Tuesday), for the Emperor's birthday, which are public holidays in Japan.

    January report

    We added many new products last month:

    • You can now order your own custom made Calligraphy. Choose up to 4 Kanji, select the writing style between the 3 traditional writings, the Kakejiku style and you'll have a unique handmade calligraphy to display in your Dojo or at home. All our calligraphies are made by Master Koreian Saiun as he goes by his Shodo master name.
    • If you need to store your weapons, we added two new high-quality Katanakake coming directly from the Aramaki workshop: a Sunuke Horizontal Sword Stand for storing 2 weapons in the most exquisite way, and a Katanakake Keyaki for your Dojo. This model is available in 5 or 8 levels depending on your needs!
    • We are now offering a new pair of Sayagata Deluxe Setta made of synthetic deer leather and natural rubber. These modern style Setta leather features a "sayagata" pattern, one of the most important buddhist symbol which inspired numerous Japanese traditional designs.
    • And to finish with the new products, we are very glad to offer you a brand new Samue: the Temple Style Cotton/Polyester Samue. Designed by Buddhist temple monks, it will suit your everyday needs to perfection. Solid, well-cut, this is a high-quality Samue model that will delight all enthusiasts of Japanese tradition, as well those seeking an original homewear or leisure outfit for a family outing at the weekend, or even Shiatsu practitioners.

    That's it for this month, more products will be announced in the next weeks, so stay tuned!
    Enjoy the discounts, and see you soon on SeidoShop.com!

  • State of emergency declared for Tokyo area

    Change of working hour to 10am ~ 4.30pm. Suspension of all customer visits to our office. At least until March 7th. No changes in our shipping capacities, we deliver as usual!

    State of emergency declared for Tokyo area

    January 7th (Thu), the prime minister of Japan has declared a second state of emergency for the Tokyo area. The measures cover Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa, 4 prefectures that account for almost half of Japan's population, and for half of the covid contamination in Japan.

    As you know, if you read our articles in March 2020, the state of emergency in Japan is merely a matter of recommendations, as there is no legal disposition that would allow the Japanese government to force its citizens to follow them. The recommendations are, for now, as follows (additional measures are expected in the next weeks):

    - Restaurants, bars and other recreative facilities must close between 7 and 8 pm.
    - Office work must go remote by 70% wherever possible.
    - Limitations in public events attendance.
    - The general population is requested to stay home as much as possible.

    This second state of emergency is quite different from the first. The country is now well prepared, masks and disinfection equipment are widely available, and many companies have put in place the necessary measures to facilitate remote work.

    At Seido, we are taking the following measures:
    - We are now entirely closed to visits (we were accepting visitors on a one per one basis).
    - Our opening hours are temporarily set to 10am~4.30pm.
    - Shifts have been reduced to allow our staff to avoid crowded public transportation (although trains to our location are most of the time half-empty, and expected to even further empty during the state of emergency).

    Remote work is not a simple measure to put in place at Seido, as our work is mainly to manufacture products and customization and pack orders to ship, we have decided not to establish remote work for the time being. This may be revised without prior notice, and if so, this article will be updated accordingly.

    Shipping & Delivery

    We still ship orders normally, as we have been doing for the past year.

    Rest assured that there is no change in our capacity to ship and deliver your orders. Shipping conditions with all carriers remain the same, and if Japan Post shipments are still suspended in many countries (and notably Australia and the US), we can still deliver almost all countries in the world with FedEx, DHL and UPS, as we have been doing for the past months.
    Additional "covid" fees charged by all carriers are still entirely supported by Seido and will not be charged at checkout. A flat 800 JPY (8 USD / 7 EUR) is charged at checkout for small orders (under 1 kg) with for destination a country that Japan Post cannot serve.

    Thank you very much for your continued support and understanding!
    Please stay safe and take care.

  • New Year Special Discount & Annual Inventory

    10% OFF on all Dogi (until February 2nd, 4 pm JPT) - Please note that we will be closed on Jan 28th (Thu) and 29th (Fri) for our annual inventory (taken into account in the shipping date announced on the website).

    10% Off on all Dogi!

    2021 is finally here, last year was particularly difficult and we celebrated our 10 Years Anniversary celebrations in a rather sad context.

    The pandemic is still here for a while, but we have the chance to be part of a great community that showed how collaborative it was during these long months of uncertainty, and we are grateful to be a part of it.

    To celebrate this New Year, we decided to propose a 10% discount on all Dogi, if you need to start the year with a fresh outfit for your Aikido, Kendo, Karate or Iaido practice, this is the perfect occasion. Whether you need a new jacket or a new pair of pants (or both, thanks to our sets), be it lightweight, standard or heavy, with a slim cut or a regular one, with Single or Double layer, you'll certainly find what you're looking for!

    And as this discount started a little late, it will run until February 2nd, 4 pm JPT.

    Please also note that we will be closed on January 28th (Thu) and 29th (Fri) for our annual inventory. 

    December report

    • We’re very glad to propose six new variations of Tsuba for our Custom-made Minosaka Iaito collection.
      A series of "Sukashi Tsuba" of superior quality, designed to improve the overall quality of Minosaka's Iaito even further. They will be very soon available individually, so, keep an eye open on our extensive tsuba collection.
    • Regarding our Youtube Channel, we finished the last year by publishing the interview of Marc Trudel, Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu practitioner, COO @ Wizcorp, and who started his journey in Japan 11 years ago. Watch it now on our Youtube Channel.
    • A few weeks before that, we released our discussion with Leandro Diaz Napolitano, a very interesting discussion in which Leandro explains how Budo influenced his life and helped him promote the rights of people with disabilities through his own experience of practice with a disability.
    • And for those who missed it, we also published a new DIY video to explain in details how to take apart your Iaito, fix rattling and other minor problems, with some maintenance tips. Check it out!

    That's it for this month, enjoy the discounts, and see you soon on SeidoShop.com!

  • 2020~2021 New Year's Holidays

    Seido will be closed from December 30th and will resume operations on January 6th. There will be no order processing during this time but we'll keep answering your emails from home!

    2020 has been a very challenging year for the whole world and making no exception, our team has been put under heavy stress for months.
    We all need rest. Our team, our partners, our craftsmen, and you all.

    This winter, Seido will close from December 30th to January 5th and will resume activity on January 6th (Wed).
    During this time, as usual at Seido, we will provide minimum email support with the goal to answer all emails within 48h.

    Please note that all our manufacturing workshops and partners will also close at approximately the same dates.
    All orders containing a product (made to order, out of stock product, etc.) for which the production time includes this holiday period will be delayed by approximately 10 days (all is taken into account on the estimated shipping date provided automatically at checkout.)

    For the specific case of wooden weapons, we will do our best to maintain our stocks as accurate as possible during the holidays, but please note that given the current situation, it may not be 100% accurate and unannounced shortages may happen.

    The whole Seido Team wishes you a very merry Christmas, Chag Sameach to our Jewish friends, or simply peace and good health if you feel concerned by none of those two religious events.

    Finally, we want to grab this very last opportunity in 2020 to say thank you for your continuous support, orders, product reviews, and also the presents you sometimes send us, during this time of global pandemic. You are the reason Seido is still alive and strong, so thank you very much.

    We are looking forward to serving you again in 2021!

  • Xmas Special Offer!

    10% OFF a selection of Instock Items + Presents with All Orders (until Dec 25th, 4 pm JPT)

    Seido's 10 Years Anniversary - Last Edition

    10% OFF a selection of Instock Items + Presents with All Orders

    First of all, thank you very much for all your orders during the Black (Green actually) Friday.
    This event was a huge success, the new NGO we support (moreTrees) was very well received by the community, and we will soon donate more than 600,000 YEN that will contribute to making the wood industry in Japan more sustainable.
    As announced during the Black Friday, we will soon implement a permanent contribution to this NGO for all weapons purchased on our website. More details to come early 2021, stay tuned!

    With the Black Friday coming to the very end of November, the December "Xmas" sale starts immediately after the event, and our days (and likely weekends) will be filled with order management and packing until the very last day allowing for deliveries before Christmas, December 17th.

    December is when we offer presents to our friends and loved ones, and because it's hard to choose the right size or right customization when you are not a practitioner yourself, we've decided to focus our monthly discount on accessories. Weapon bags, key holders, bags, calligraphy, Sashiko accessories, and maintenance items are all discounted until Dec 25th!

    In addition to this discount, because it is Christmas, we will be offering a surprise present with ALL orders, depending on the package size, order content and order price, your package may contain:
    - A Seido Wappen.
    - A Key Holder
    - A Seido Tenugui
    - A Seido 10 Years Anniversary towel (still 200 to take!)
    - A Budo related Book (English, French, or Japanese depending on the destination).
    - Other surprise goodies.

    November Report

    - We shot and published our discussion with Lance Gatling, part of our "Budo, a way of life" series.
    - We shot a discussion with Leandro Diaz Napolitano, part of the same series, and it will be published very soon.
    - We added new wood species to our very popular Kotobuki Bokken: Buna and Hon Akagashi (true Red Oak).

  • Green Friday! Sustainable Discount, More Trees!

    10% Discount on ALL products & 10% Donation to Plant Trees & Offset of All Carbon Emissions from Order Deliveries (until Dec 1st, 4 pm JPT)

    Green Friday! Sustainable Discount, More Trees!

    10% Discount on ALL products & 10% Donation to Replant Trees

    If you haven't read our last blog article yet, please check it out here: "Japanese Wooden Weapons Craftsmanship, the Beginning of the End"
    You'll quickly understand that wood supply for wooden weapons is in a critical situation in Japan.
    Because the covid crisis has favored weapons practice over Taijutsu, the demand for wooden weapons exploded (over 100% increase).

    The past months, we searched for solutions, with the craftsmen, but also on our end, talking with other Budoka, passing the word through all our networks in both Budo and Kobudo.
    And when it was time to decide what to do for the Black Friday, we immediately thought that trying to offset a little the increase in demand for wooden weapons was a great idea.

    Not only we will give 10% of our sales during the whole Black Friday to MoreTrees, a Japanese NGO focused on preserving forests, we will implement, starting in the following weeks, a flat contribution for each weapon we sell.

    After this Green Friday, our "Make Your Weapon Purchase Sustainable" program will be as follows:
    - For each Tanto, Shoto, Nunchaku and Tonfa: 50 YEN will be donated.
    - For each Bokken and Jo: 100 YEN will be donated.
    - For each Bo, Naginata, Yari and Suburito: 200 YEN will be donated.

    As Seido recognizes that the transportation sector is responsible for one quarter of total global carbon emissions, and that the Black Friday / Cyber Monday period alone accounts for about 10% of the year sales, in partnership with Shopify (our shopping cart provider), we will offset all carbon emissions from BFCM order deliveries.

    Other ecofriendly actions at Seido:

    - We are involved in the DHL GoGreen program. All Seido DHL shipments are carbon compensated.
    - We recycle almost all plastic, paper and cardboard waste (this is a paid service in Japan).
    - All our products are made in Japan, and we are trying to reduce to minimum product transportation
    (Isn't that a waste to import from China to Japan, to then reexport to Europe or the US? Our opinion is that made in China products should be directly imported by local brands!).

    Seido has always been entrusted by the Budo community to provide quality products along with an ethical production and services. By creating this Green Friday campaign and further implementing an eco program to wooden weapons sales, we are reaffirming who we are as individuals who believe in a sustainable way of life, as a corporation that takes responsibilities, and as part of a community that we believe must fight together to ensure a future to the next generations.

  • Get delivered before '20 Xmas

    Very last chance to be delivered before Christmas: December 17th. Check the visual calendar, or read more details here.

    Seido offers the fastest service in Japan, that's a fact. But we don't perform magic either and while under control, the covid situation has imposed some limits, so to avoid any bad surprise here is our schedule for December!

    • Made to Order items (embroidered belts, made to order Dogi/Iaito etc.): Order before November 23rd and you will be delivered before Christmas.
    • In stock products shipped via FedEx, DHL, or UPS: last chance to get items with embroideries/engravings delivered before Christmas is December 17th .
    • Because of the covid situation significant delays are to be expected with national postal services, so we do not guarantee delivery before Christmas for the standard shipping method (small package/Epacket). Please make sure to select express shipping at checkout. 

    We usually deliver in 4 days in Europe and North America. Our entire team will be focused on preparing your orders, and all orders placed on the 17th will ship on the 18th.

    • We'll be open until December 29th, then closed from the 30th to January 5th, for our winter holidays. Of course, email support will be slower but maintained the whole time.

    Finally, please understand that our carriers don't employ magical reindeer, and Santa Claus isn't working at the customs. Hence, on-time order delivery cannot be guaranteed 100% so please don't wait until the last minute to order!

    Christmas Calendar 2020

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