The state of emergency has been lifted in Japan, but the international logistic hasn't improved much. Japan Post has suspended all shipments to more than 150 countries, FedEx shipments are suspended for all destinations, DHL has implemented a significant price surcharge and UPS increased prices for small packages. Long story short: most orders are shipped and delivered normally, but not everywhere and oversized packages are complicated to handle. Please refer to the table below to see if your order can ship and with which carrier/shipping method.

Despite those limitations, and thanks to our unparalleled logistic, we are maintaining a high turnover with dozens of orders shipped everyday. Our entire team is focused on logistic issues and customer support, entirely committed to deliver as many customers as possible with the most afforable shipping solution. We can assure you that the very large majority of shipped orders are delivered without any trouble and we would like to express our gratitude for your support in this difficult time.

  • Free shipping options can still be selected at checkout, however, if described as "SUSPENDED", your order will be prepared and packed, then put on hold until shipments reopen (probably July at the earliest) without further notice.
  • Emergency surcharges are additional fees that we may request for oversized packages after your order has been placed (no charge without your consent). We will not charge the emergency surcharge for orders above 30,000 YEN containing several weapons.
  • Orders put on hold as a result of your choice of a suspended shipping method as defined in the table below will be subject to a 2,000 YEN cancellation fee, should you want to cancel the order later on. (Except for custom made orders that are non cancellable, whatever the reason)
  • If your country is not on the list, please contact us prior to placing your order! Failure to do so might result in your order put on hold without further notice.
Shipping Cost & Method →

↓ Country ↓
Emergency Surcharge
In addition to the shipping upgrade fees charged at checkout (if applicable).
Small Packages
For packages under 2 kg and 60 cm in length.
Express Shipping
For packages above 2 kg and/or 60 cm.
Canada, Mexico, South Korea Products over 190 cm > 3,000 YEN
Now reopened!
+ 1 week delay (lead time of 2 to 4 weeks)
All packages ship as usual
with DHL & UPS
Delivery expected within a week.
France, United Kingdom, Germany Products over 118 cm > 1,000 YEN
Products over 190 cm > 3,000 YEN
Now reopened!
+ 1 week delay (lead time of 2 to 4 weeks)
United States All products: No surcharge Suspended until at least next July.
If selected at checkout, orders will be stored without prior notice.

A 1,500 YEN express shipping upgrade is available at checkout.
Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Guadeloupe Products over 118 cm > 1,000 YEN
Products over 190 cm > 3,000 YEN
Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Poland, Israel Products over 118 cm > 2,000 YEN
Products over 190 cm > 5,000 YEN
Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Belgium, Portugal, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Greece, Romania, Malaysia, Bulgaria Products over 118 cm > 2,000 YEN
Products over 190 cm > 5,000 YEN
Packages above 118 cm cannot ship
(Jo, Bo, Naginata...)
Russia, Reunion, French Guiana, Africa, South America, Russia All shipments suspended.
If you place an order, it will be stored at least until July.

Latest News & Discounts

  • Original Sashiko Face Masks | We made available a range of Sashiko masks that our Dogi workshops produces to compensate the drop in Dogi production
  • Coronavirus COVID-19 - Impact on international Shipping | For the latest information on shipping & delivery, please refer to the info box that we put in place on all products pages, category pages and shopping cart page.

Iaito & Shinken Menuki

About our Menuki lineup

The Menuki (目貫) are ornaments on the tsuka to fit into the palm for grip and originally meant to distract the eyes from the mekugi (peg).
It is generally placed under the wrapping, but may also appear over the wrapping, especially with a Ikkan-maki or Hira-maki wrapping style.
Several thousands of designs have been created over the centuries. It is considered as jewelery and as such, inspired many craftsmen. Shinken custom made Menuki can cost as much as several thousand dollars for the more refined pieces.

All models are, of course, entirely handmade in Japan.

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  • Hishi Menuki - MM001

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 15 mm x 34 mm
    Design: Caltrop, also called "devil pod", an aquatic plant.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sake Menuki - MM002

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 14 mm x 45 mm
    Design: Chum salmon. Sake symbolizes luck and was a very common offering to the gods.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kenmakiryu Menuki - MM003

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 09 mm x 68 mm
    Design: Dragon wrapped around a sword.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tombo Menuki - MM004

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 13 mm x 39 mm
    Design: Dragonfly. The dragonfly, or Tombo in Japanese is also called "Kachi Muchi", insect of victory.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Sakura Menuki - MM005

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 11 mm x 11 mm
    Design: Cherry blossom, the luminous and beautiful yet fleeting and ephemeral Japanese cherry tree flower.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ryu Sho Menuki - MM006

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 11 mm x 38 mm
    Design: Small dragon. It is similar to the bigger version.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ryu Dai Menuki - MM007

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 11 mm x 53 mm
    Design: Big dragon. It is similar to the smaller version.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Tsukushi Menuki - MM008

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 06 mm x 58 mm
    Design: Horsetail, or Equisetum for its scientific name.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Botan Menuki - MM009

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 12 mm x 54 mm
    Design: Peony flower.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Hitsuji Menuki - MM010

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 11 mm x 27 mm
    Design: Lamb, symbol of peace and well-being.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kenkatabami Menuki - MM011

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Bronze
    Size: 16 mm x 49 mm
    Design: "Maru ni Kenkatabami" Kamon. This Japanese crest was very popular among the samurai class and was adopted by many clans.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Mukade Menuki - MM012

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Brass
    Size: 52 mm x 9 mm
    Design: Mukade, a rather huge Japanese centipede.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Kuyomon Menuki - MM013

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Bronze
    Size: 15 mm x 45 mm
    Design: 9 planets in the buddhism cosmogony.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
  • Ebi Menuki - MM014

    ¥6,000

    Made in Japan
    Material: Aluminium
    Size: 11 mm x 7 mm
    Design: Prawn. Its popularity comes from its symbolism of vigor and longevity.
    For Iaito & Shinken
    Made to order: ~2 weeks

    No reviews yet
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