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

  • Monthly Charity Event | 10% of all orders placed during this event will be donated for the fight against COVID-19. Ends June 1st, 11 am (JPT)
  • 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.

Engraving Information

Japanese Style Engraving on Wooden Weapons

All standard customizations are to be ordered directly on each product page, under the "Product Customizations" section. Logos and special engravings must be discussed prior to placing your order.

While it is very common in Japan to embroider one's name on one's clothing, weapon carvings are less frequent. They are found especially on dojos' weapons so as not to be confused with the weapons of other practitioners. The Aikidoka traveling in many courses / seminars sometimes carve their weapons in order not to lose them. In general, the carving is discreet and colorless. People sometimes look for a colored engraving in the case of weapons of decoration for the house or put in Kamiza.

As for the embroidery, the Japanese people tend to carve their surname, or family name, while Western practitioners usually engrave their given name. In fact, it is much more common to be called by one's surname in Japan. Japanese teachers mostly know about this difference however and will not hesitate to call westerners by their first names.

To ensure an optimum quality in a minimum of time, engravings are made by our team, using an especially designed laser engraving machine. After extensive testing we have come up with an exclusive method that allows us to engrave weapons very superficially, far less deep than regular engraving machines, so as not to affect the strength of the weapon . Our engravings are performed in batches once to twice per week, hence making this service deliverable in 5 to 10 days.

Carving your Weapons

Prints are available in Roman characters (classic alphabet, uppercase only), katakana (Japanese phonetic alphabet for the transcription of foreign sounds), hiragana (classic Japanese phonetic alphabet) or kanji (Sino-Japanese characters). We offer 4 different fonts for Japanese letter, and 3 for English letter.

In the case of a Japanese character engraving, you can send us a file or write to us when you checkout.

It is possible to use multiple prints on the same weapon. In this case, just add several embroidery modules to your cart and use the "comments" field in your cart to notify us of the position of each print.

Characters measure about 7.5mm ~ 12 mm in diameter, depending on your choice.

Engravings on Tanto and Bokken

  • It is possible to write vertically or horizontally.
  • On the left or the right side (when you hold the bokken in your hand).
  • On the tsuka (handle), at the base or the center of the blade.

Engravings on Jo

  • Horizontally or vertically.
  • On the top, bottom, or center of the Jo.

Engravings on weapons stands

  • All our stands can be engraved.
  • The engraving is positioned at the center of the bracket (see pictures below), horizontal.
Bokken Engraving Position

Positions for Bokken / Tanto

Jo Engraving Positions

Positions for Jo

Katanakake Sword Stand Engraving Position

Engraving on Katanakake

Aikido Engraving Sample

Aikido engraving

Japanese carving and translation

SeidoShop offers free translation of your name and/or surname. This translation is performed after confirmation of your order based on official transcription tables. If your name is uncommon or the pronunciation is not usual, you can specify it in the engraving comments on each module, we will contact you if necessary. Transcription of a name can sometimes be done in several ways, particularly for "long" characters. All translations proposed are checked by our native Japanese staff, but if you already have an engraved equipment, the safest way is to send us a photo or the characters (by email). Note that we do not accept any complaint concerning a possible difference with a translation that you might have if you have not sent us a written example first.

Japanese is written using three separate alphabets. The kanji characters are Sino-Japanese from China are complex and are stylized semi semantics. They have from one to a dozen different pronunciations for the same character depending on the context. Hiragana and katakana are two alphabets so that they can express existing sounds in the Japanese language (Ka, Mi, Kou Shi, etc.). Kanji are mainly used for writing common names, Japanese verbs, and surnames. The primary function hiragana writing is as part of grammar and conjugation as well as simple words and some Japanese names.

Katakana are used for the transcription of words and names of foreign origin, allowing the Japanese to pronounce any foreign word using their own sounds (adaptation). The foreigners' names are translated into katakana, with very few exceptions. It is this "official" translation that we offer automatically and free of charge. Please note that if your request is for initials, it will not be translatable in Katakana and will be engraved in roman alphabet with the selected font.

It is possible to translate a foreign name in kanji, choosing characters whose pronunciation is approaching, it known as the "ateji" technique. However, for the same name, there may be hundreds of combinations, and since it is not customary for foreign residents in Japan to translate their name in kanji (this can lead to misunderstandings), we do not offer translation of names into kanji.

Carving in English

It is also possible to engrave your name in English or "Roman" alphabet. For those wishing to visit Japan, it will however be necessary to engrave names in katakana since many Japanese are unable to "read/pronounce" the Western alphabet.

Engravings in "Roman" characters can be done in uppercase print (block), lowercase print (block) or cursive (horizontal only).

Carving a Japanese word or phrase

If you want to write the name of an art or a Japanese school, simply indicate it in the engraving module. e.g. if you write "Aikido" or "Iwama Ryu" in English, then select the language "Japanese", we will automatically transcribe it into Kanji.

If you want to carve the translation of an English word in Japanese, enter the English word, we will do the translation. e.g. if you enter "Tiger" then select the language "Japanese", in Japanese we will translate it as "Tora" (Tiger). We will contact you if the translation is subject to interpretation.

For any complex expression, thank you to contacting us before you order. Although most common expressions have an equivalent in Japanese, it is not always the case.

Engraving of logos & designs

We can of course offer this service, however, the charge varies according to the complexity of the logo. You will need to contact us beforehand so we can provide a quote. Please note that we will not take into account any logo engraving requests ordered through the standard engraving module.

  • Graphic charges: for designing the logo (to be paid once, the logo is kept for 10 years): between 1,000 YEN  and 4,000 YEN. These costs depend mainly on the complexity of the logo (complexity of the shape, size of the smallest elements) and are estimated by our graphic designer within 3 days after receiving your request.
  • Embroidery fee: depending on the size and complexity of the logo, between 1,500 YEN and 3,000 YEN. Charged per engraving.
  • Delivery: production time is about 1 to 2 weeks.

Check out our engraving workshop presentation on Youtube

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