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.

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Hakama Size Chart & Options

How to Choose your Aikido (& Iaido/Kendo) Hakama

As an expert in the manufacture of Aikido equipment, Seido is able to provide you with the technical details and measurements of all its models. You will find our elaborate advice on which model to choose after the size tables.

Hakama Size Table & Detailed measurements

These measurements correspond to the measurements out of the workshop, not including shrinkage (for Aizome models). Note that our Hakama are hand crafted, so slight variations are possible. All measurements are in centimeters and kilograms, but you can use the unit switcher to switch to imperial system (US).

Hakama Size Table & Length

Male Size
tied on the hips
Size Hakama Length * Female Size
tied on the waist
145 cm ~ 151 cm 20 75 cm 140 cm ~ 144 cm
152 cm ~ 154 cm 21 79 cm 145 cm ~ 147 cm
155 cm ~ 157 cm 22 83 cm 148 cm ~ 150 cm
158 cm ~ 159 cm 22.5 85 cm 151 cm ~ 152 cm
160 cm ~ 161 cm 23 87 cm 153 cm ~ 154 cm
162 cm ~ 164 cm 23.5 89 cm 155 cm ~ 156 cm
165 cm ~ 166 cm 24 91 cm 157 cm ~ 159 cm
167 cm ~ 169 cm 24.5 93 cm 160 cm ~ 162 cm
170 cm ~ 171 cm 25 95 cm 163 cm ~ 164 cm
172 cm ~ 173 cm 25.5 97 cm 165 cm ~ 166 cm
174 cm ~ 176 cm 26 99 cm 167 cm ~ 169 cm
177 cm ~ 178 cm 26.5 100 cm 170 cm ~ 171 cm
179 cm ~ 180 cm 27 102 cm 172 cm ~ 173 cm
181 cm ~ 183 cm 27.5 104 cm 174 cm ~ 176 cm
184 cm ~ 187 cm 28 106 cm 177 cm ~ 179 cm
188 cm ~ 190 cm 28.5 108 cm 180 cm ~ 182 cm
191 cm ~ 193 cm 29 110 cm 183 cm ~ 185 cm
194 cm ~ 195 cm 29.5 112 cm 186 cm ~ 188 cm
196 cm ~ 200 cm 30 114 cm 189 cm ~ 190 cm

 

Hakama straps size chart - AH450 model only

Size 22 to 24 > front belt: 420 cm / back belt: 180 cm (up to ~90 cm cm hips/waist)
Size 24.5 to 30 > front belt: 440 cm / back belt: 200 cm (up to ~95 cm hips/waist)

Hakama straps size chart - All models

Size 22 to 24.5 > front belt: 400 cm / back belt: 180 cm (up to ~85 cm cm hips/waist)
Size 25 to 30 > front belt: 420 cm / back belt: 200 cm (up to ~90 cm hips/waist)

* The measurement of the Hakama length is made from below the bottom of the front strap, to the bottom of the hakama. The Nobakama is usually worn a size shorter than the traditional hakama.

How to Choose Your Size

The Hakama measurements system

Size corresponds to the ancient Japanese "Kujira-shaku" system used mainly in the manufacture of traditional clothing.

1 Kujira-shaku = 3.79 cm - A hakama size 27 is therefore 27 x 3.79 cm = 102.3 cm

This length is measured from the bottom of the front strap to the bottom of the Hakama at its center. Unlike Iaido or Kendo, Aikido Hakama are adjusted to be worn with a thinner belt (Judo-type belt).
If you wear a large belt (e.g. Kakuobi) or put the front strap inside your Judo type belt, please consider a Koshiita height adjustment, available as customization on all the Hakama except the "Tetron Training Keiko" model.

Hakama traditional & modern fitting

Traditionally, Hakama should fall just above the external ankle, however, in Aikido, it is common to wear longer hakama. The sizes we suggest above are for a "long" port (below the lateral ankle).

To make your choice, we recommend you wear a friend's Hakama and check its length, depending on your preferences but also on your body type (including the position of your hips and the length of your legs).

Hakama Sizing Sketch

If you wear a traditional "Obi" i.e. a wide belt (kakuobi type), we advise you to contact us so that we adapt your order where the lengths of the front and rear will be adapted to the use of this type of Obi.

Finally, please note that this system of size (25, 26, 27 etc.) is broadly used in Japan only. When you try the hakama of a friend, make sure that it is a hakama "made in japan", or measure the front yourself.

Comprehensive video guide: How to Choose your Hakama Size

How to Choose your model

Hakama fall into two categories, synthetic fabrics (Tetron, Polyester, Polyester/linen) and 100% cotton (black/navy or Aizome)

Synthetic fabric Hakama

Synthetic models are easier to maintain, have extremely low bleed through (or not), then pleats last longer, and they are generally lighter than cotton models. Most Japanese manufacturer use tetron as the most 'basic' fabric and 100% shiny (cashmere like) polyester, and some other polyester or polyester blend material for light Hakama. Even though those fabric have the same name, they are not the same. Among various level of quality, we always chose the best in class material for our products. Our tetron and polyester cashmere might therefore feel a bit thicker than those of other brands.

Cotton Hakama

The 100% Cotton models are more difficult to maintain and should be carefully folded after each class. They are heavier and slower to dry. However, they are more "traditional" and almost indestructible.
Aizome cotton rubs off a lot and requires special treatment explained in the section "How to take care of your equipment" You find also some more information about the "traditional Aizome dyeing process" on our blog.
However, the black/navy cotton model does not fade. This is a good compromise between synthetic models and traditional Aizome dying.

Hakama Comparative Chart

Fabric Tetron Polyester Cashmere Polyester / Linen
Cotton Black/Navy Cotton Bushu Aizome
Weight (size 27) ~1 kg ~1.2 kg ~0.85 kg ~1.2 kg ~1.25 kg~1.4 kg
Maintenance Very easy to fold and to maintain. Very easy to fold and to maintain. Easy to fold and to maintain. Difficult to fold
Easy to wash
Difficult to fold and to maintain.
Particularities Color and rub off slightly (not during washing) Slightly shiny fabric. The fabric is particularly thin, the pants can be seen very slightly by transparency. If badly folded, folds eventually fade. If badly folded, folds eventually fade. Color rubs a lot.
Types Ideal for daily practice. For winter / demonstrations. For summer. For practitioners loving heavy hakama. For practitioners seeking tradition.
Durability **** **** *** ***** *****
Hakama fabric comparison

About our Customization Services for Hakama

Please note: All Seido Hakama with the exception of the Keiko Tetron Hakama (Training) model can be customized.

These Hakama customizations (except the Lateral Reinforcements) can not be made on in stock products but have to be sewn during manufacturing. Therefore the completion time is 4 to 5 weeks on average. Every option allows to adapt the Hakama to your body shape, but also to the way you tie it and your style of practicing.

Services related to your body shape

- Strap Extension: As indicated in the size tables, the back and front straps of our Hakama have a standardized length. Using the formula provided below, you may notice that the straps are too short in your case. Either because of your waist size or because of the way you tie your Hakama. This service allows to extend the front and the back strap. For all Indigo (Aizome) Hakama you have to take the shrinkage of the straps (approx. 10 cm) into account.

The length of the Seido Hakama straps is 400 cm at the front and 180 cm at the back until the size 24.5 and 420 cm and 200 cm from size 25.

Check the length of the straps:
- Front strap : "waist size" x 4 + ~80 cm
- Back strap : "waist size x 2 + 20 cm~ 30 cm

Standard Seido Hakama can be worn up to 80 cm in waist up to sizes 24.5, and 90 cm ~ 95 cm in waist for sizes up to 30.
Note: This option can not be added to an in stock Hakama, but has to be specifically sewn during the manufacturing process. Therefore the completion time is 4 to 5 weeks on average.

- Custom Wide Cut: This option consists of an overall widening of the Hakama according to your waist size. If your waist circumference is above 100 cm, adding the option "Strap Extension" you may be able to tie your Hakama but it will not be comfortable to wear. This option offers to enlarge the entire Hakama to adapt the overall fit. Your waist size is requested so as to precisely alter the Hakama and adjust it to your body shape. This service does not only offer a wider front cut but also a larger Koshiita (back plate) and extended front and back straps. (Note that you therefore do not have to add the "strap extension" service.)
Note: This option can not be added to an in stock Hakama, but has to be specifically sewn during the manufacturing process. Therefore the completion time is 4 to 5 weeks on average.

Services related to your way of tying your Hakama and/or your belt type

- Koshiita Height Adjustment: The Seido Hakama are designed to be worn with a classic black or white belt (Judo type). Noting that there is an increasing amount of practitioners using wide belts (Iaido type), we decided to offer a service that adjusts the cut of the Hakama according to the type of Obi (belt) you wear. There are the following two possibilities: A higher Koshiita, corresponding to the wear of a wide Obi (the Koshiita sits on top of the belt), and a lowered Koshiita for practitioners flipping the front strap under the belt after tying the Hakama as the majority does.
Note: This option can not be added to an in stock Hakama, but has to be specifically sewn during the manufacturing process. Therefore the completion time is 4 to 5 weeks on average.

- Koshiita Hera: A small plastic tab added below the Koshiita, as on Kendo and Iaido Hakama. We generally do not recommend this option because if this tab gets out of place during practice, it can be dangerous when doing Ukemi. However, there are many forms of Aikido and associated disciplines such as Kinomichi or Aikishintaiso in which falls are not very present. The tab is sewn into the seam of the Koshiita, ensuring maximum strength but requiring a custom manufacturing. Make sure to choose the service "Koshiita Height Adjustment" if you wear a wide Obi so that the tab is at the correct height.
Note: This option can not be added to an in stock Hakama, but has to be specifically sewn during the manufacturing process. Therefore the completion time is 4 to 5 weeks on average.

- Longer Lateral Vents: An extension of the right and left openings generally helps to keep the folds of the Hakama in place and pulls them less apart during practice. We specially recommend this option as addition to the "Custom Wide Cut" for maximum freedom of movement.
Note: This option can not be added to an in stock Hakama, but has to be specifically sewn during the manufacturing process. Therefore the completion time is 4 to 5 weeks on average.

Additional Services

- Lateral Reinforcements: Our traditional Hakama are reinforced with two discrete lines of stitchings. However, some practitioners prefer reinforcements on the lateral vents with an additional peace of fabric. This is what we offer with this option.

- Hanger Strap: This option consists of two loops of fabric sewn on the inside (back and front) of the Hakama. This helps to put the Hakama more easily on a hanger for drying. Like for the Koshiita Hera, the loop on the back is sewn into the seam of the Koshiita and on the front part of the Hakama into the stitchings of the straps, ensuring maximum strength.
Note: This option can not be added to an in stock Hakama, but has to be specifically sewn during the manufacturing process. Therefore the completion time is 4 to 5 weeks on average. However, the Tetron Training Keiko model already features this option by default.

All these services (except the "Lateral Reinforcements") require a fully customized manufacture. If you wish, you can let us know your detailed measurements (waist, hips, hips to angle, etc.) when ordering. This gives our craftsmen the possibility to do some slight additional adjustments if needed. (Free of charge.)

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