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Bogu Costumization Guide

Posted on 28th Feb 2013 @ 5:21 PM

- Futon - Braids Colors - Accent Threads - Kozakura - Name Personalization - Doh-dai - Kamon - Doh Width - Mune Quality - Mune Design - Mune Pattern - 3-stripe Mune - Men-gane - Menbuchi Color - Ago Pattern - Naname-zashi - Eyeglasses Option - Uchiwa Material - Kote Palms Material - Kote Extra Padding

About Mine Bogu Sizing Bogu Costumization Guide Bogu Repair Care & Maintenance About Cloth Thread Count Measure: Shaku/Sun /Bu/Rin

- Futon Trim and Edging Materials Employed in Kendo Armor: Essentially, there are three popular materials used for trim and edging in kendo bogu, the armor. There are leather, cloth, and Clarino, a synthetic fabric. Leather: The best version of leather trim and edging is that which has been dyed in aizome or real Japanese indigo dye. Japanese indigo was used as a medicine for bruises and scraps in pre-modern Japan, and so it is no surprise we find it used in kendo clothing and armor. It is the color that is most associated with kendo equipment as a result. Japanese indigo as possesses a natural characteristic of retarding fungal growth, suppressing the natural tendency for kendo armor to get moldy. Aizome dyed armor ages nicely, taking on a lighter hue, giving high quality bogu the distinctive patina of use that experience kenshi have come to recognize. Other versions of leather trim and edging are dyed with man-made synthetic dyes. Cloth (Orizashi): The cloth used for trim and edging of kendo armor is similar to the heavy, embroidered cloth employed in the use of practice jackets, the keiko-gi. Cloth breaths well, allowing kendo armor to dry out quickly. Not as durable as leather, cloth trim and edging is normally selected for economy, and for its fast drying characteristics, especially for those living in hot and humid climates. Clarino: This man-made synthetic fabric has both the appearance and feel of natural leather. It is commonly referred to as man-made leather in kendo-armor circles. In cases where the kendo equipment is constantly sweat-soaked due to consecutive, heavy practices, Clarino will actually out-perform leather for durability. Clarino also has a natural moisture-wicking property and dries rapidly, making it an ideal material for bogu used in hot and humid environments. As Clarino is dyed with synthetic dyes, it does not change color significantly with use, and as a consequence, does not develop the same patina of use as aizome-dyed leather trim and edging. Stitching: Ten-zashi, Naga-zashi, Hishi-zashi, Choku-zashi, Gunome-zashi, Gaku-zashi & Nanamezashi. The first two, ten- and naga-zashi refer to the way the hand-stitches are made. The other four refers to the stitches layout. In ten-zashi (ten meaning "a point") the stitches are made with only a point exposed on front and back sides. In order to do this, the stitch must pass through diagonally. It requires expertise and craftsmanship,

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especially on thicker futon where the layers of padding tend to slide over one another with the pressure and drag of the needle pressing through the different layers one after another. In naga-zashi, the thread is passed straight through the futon, in order to make the next stitch, the thread runs exposed, like a 'dash' on the back-side, until the next stitch where it is passed straight through. Choku-zashi, refers to a uniform parallel layout of stitches. It is the most basic layout for bogu. Hishi-zashi, refers to a diamond-shaped layout of stitches. It is particularly praised for its softness and cushion. Gunome-zashi & Gaku-zashi refer to adding an extra line of stitch to some portions of the futon in order to make it stiffer and better shape-keeping. You have surely seen examples of this, where the men-tare, the flaps of the men are sewn with a stitch pattern twice as close as the main futon. Also, the edges of the flaps of the tare ("gaku-zashi" or "frame" as in picture frame) where the main 1.5 or 2.0 bu futon is "framed" by an surrounding rectangle of 0.75 or 1.0 bu stitching. It is the usual practice with more sophisticated hand-stitched 1.5 or 2.0 BU futon. Naname-zashi, refers to a machine-stitched men-futon: the part covering the shoulders is then stitched in a diagonal way, whereas the part covering the head is stitched in the standard straight fashion. Mine-men Standard Feature ! : Fukuro-zashi

The Mine fukuro-zashi futon (left); and a stock futon cut to size, finished with trim to cover edge (right).

"Fukuro-zashi" translating to 'sewn like a bag' means that the size of the men-buton, the protective cushion, is decided from the beginning of the construction process. The length and width are carefully decided, the materials cut, and the ends folded inward and sewn closed like the end of a bag, for a finished edge with no heri-kawa, or edge-trim.
This is a more difficult and sophisticated approach to the construction of men-buton, usually found only in more expensive tezashi, or hand-stitched armor. A more common design, found in simpler products, employs trimming an existing stock size down to the desired length and width, and finishing the raw cut edges with an edge-beading. Along with this, some decorative trim is often added to give the appearance of a more elaborate design. All of our Mine men-buton are finished in the fukuro-zashi fashion. It requires individual sizing for every men we make. We hope you will agree, these small features, in addition to superior fit, comfort, and protection, add up to make the decisive differnece. This is the custom advantage. Moisture Barriers: The forehead and chin pads inside the men have moisture barriers sewn in, extending to attachment points in the underlying construction of the men. This prevents sweat from permeating to the lacquered leather attachments of the ago (throat protector), and the lacquered leather ring binding the men-gane (face-grill) significantly adding to longevity. This also serves to diminish the amount, or altogether stop, the appearance of salt-stains arising in these areas after heavy practice.

- Braids

Every bogu features decorative braids, on Tare, Men, Kote and Doh-mune

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Kazari Ito are available in : black tea brown gun metal blue dusky purple

Here is in example of Kazari Ito colors for the doh-mune (black, tea brown, gun metal blue, dusky purple):

- Accent Threads The accent theads on every braid of the bogu can be chosen among the 20 colors shown in the Thread Colors section. In the options list, "accent thread color" refers to the green arrows. "Kazari color" refers to the red arrows.

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- Kozakura Kozakura are available for Men & Tare, and come in 7 (standard kozakura) + 1 (indigo trim) different colors.

- Colors / Personalization About Color Options Colors of threads in designs and name embroidery, and do-dai colors may vary due to minute variations during manufacturing. Also, monitor settings vary widely, rendering the colors on your computer screen differently than originally intended. Chiba Budougu makes every effort within the scope of our control to maintain continuity in the quality of our products; however, we cannot guarantee minute changes due to the factors described. We appreciate you understanding. About Thread Colors From your name sewn into your hakama to the colors included in a Wave & Bird pattern stitch, Chiba can meet your customization requests right down to the thread color. What parts are available for customization? Here is a list: Name Stitching Mune/Ago Embroidery Patterns Accent Threads Braids Have a specific color in mind? Talk to our staff and we may be able to find it for you. NOTE: When personalizing your equipment with Japanese kana, the phonetic characters, or kanji, Chinese iconic characters, we require either e-mail attached word processor files, or facsimile message sent to our shop: +81-470-73-4062.

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- Doh-dai About the different models of doh-dai, the lower hard portion of the doh: We source our Bamboo doh-dai from Japan's most famous doh-dai makers depending on size, shape, or any other special factors. These do are favored by high-level kenshi throughout Japan for their combination of beauty and long lasting quality.

Fiber doh-dai are nearly impervious to moisture changes, but shape may change with temperature. They are more flexible than bamboo doh-dai and all things combined make them handy for traveling. However, with this said, you will still notice that nearly all high-level kenshi travel with bamboo doh-dai regularly, preferred for their beauty, traditional aspects, and durability.

- Kamon Kamon the Family Seal Applied to Bogu

The kamon, or traditional seal for households, go back to the feudal period of Japan, when family names, social status, and association to recognized domains were a part of the social landscape. Families had their own seal, which served as the symbol of the house. In some cases of the powerful or wealthy, the use of this emblem could extend on to favored persons or families who served under them.

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Warrior houses, often emblazened their armor, the trappings of their horses and battle equipment to indentify themselves in the field. This custom lives on in the modern times as kendo men and women still adorn their kendo armor with their chosen kamon, applied to the do-dai, the hard lower portion of the body armor, or embroidered into the mune or ago, the chest and throat protectors, respectively.

With family lines less distinct, in these days, some will select the kamon of a famous shrine or old feudal region. People living in foreign lands may adopt the kamon of their teacher, or use the emblem of their club or federation. In any case, the purpose and effect is still the same, this symbol serves to indentfy the individual, and association to the group. At Chibabudogu, we regularly incorporate kamon into the the design features of our custom bogu orders. These include: * Hand painting (Hira-maki) the design to an individual doh-dai.

* hand-painting a relief Kamon (Taka-maki) on the doh-dai, .

* Emboridery of the design into the mune of the doh, the chest portion of the body armor.

* Embroidery of the design into the ago, the throat protector extending down from the helmet.

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* Other custom applications are also possible, such as the inner side of the doh, and so forth. Thread colors for Kamon embroidery can be selected from the Information section labeled "Thread Colors." Hand painted Japanese Traditional Kamon have a fixed price. However, for personnal designs, size, complexity, and type of application will determine the cost. As these factors are specific to each custom order, we ask you to contact our Customer Service Department for further details. A clear sample of the design you wish to incorporate into your custom bogu, the size, location, and color or thread color, should be considered and prepared for discussion. Based on the information you provide us, we can offer a formal price quote. Please note, that the extra charges will be handled separately from online-store orders.

- Doh Width Selecting the Correct Size Doh Differences in body types may affect doh size selection. Persons with wide bodies at waist or mid-torso may require a larger size doh, whereas persons who's raw waist measurement is large due to a protruding belly, may actually require the narrower do of a smaller size. The surest way to confirm the do size required is to measure a known doh with good fit. Be sure to wear keiko-gi, hakama, and tare as usual to provide for the exact circumstances in which the do will be worn. If you do not already have your own doh, you may wish to call on your teacher and fellow club members for a momentary trial of their doh to make your check and measurement. Space sufficient to insert one hand closed into a fist, between trunk and the inside of the doh, will verify proper fit. In general, the following sizing chart will provide average size requirements; however, take care to consider the factors listed above that might influence correct sizing: Waist sizes of 85 centimeters and less: Small Waist sizes from 85 to 90 centimeters: Standard Waist sizes from 90 to 105 centimeters: Large Waist sizes 105 centimeters and over: Very Large* *Very large sizes: for very large kenshi, we can provide custom-sized doh-dai. Please note, that the extra charges will be handled separately from online-store orders.

- Mune Quality Mune are made using three different cuts: -The Standard mune are made with kata-oshi kurozan (lacquered leather) have trimmed edges that are folded under for a refined finish. -Deluxe mune are made with kte-momi kurozan (hand-rubbed lacquered leather), the highest quality hand-finished leather with folded edges. -The Economy model, in synthetic leather, leaves the cut edges of the leather trim exposed. The Senko Mune is the most prestigious Mune in Japan. Hand-made, with the best materials available. If you wish to order a Senko Mune, please contact us.

- Mune Design

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Chiba offers a wide variety of designs to choose from. If you would like to consult our customer service representatives, we can work with you you create a truly unique design, specific to your unique needs. Below are "standard" designs that we offer at a fixed price. Please allow for extra time and extra costs for orders made to specific instructions.

Three Pines

Pine Design "S"

Tokyo "S"

Nimbus Cloud

Clouds (Basic)

"S" Design

Low Pines

Demon Clouds

Full Stitch Pattern

Tiered Stitch (requires 2 embroidery patterns)

Tiered Broad Stitch (requires 2 embroidery patterns)

Broad Stitch

- Mune Pattern Embroidery patterns adorn the mune and Men ago. Chiba Bogu provides a wide selection of color combinations and patterns. Each of the patterns below can be made with specific colors at the customers request. For reference please see the Decorative Thread

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Information Page

Bordered Cross Mark Choose your colors for the "Bordered Cross Mark" pattern:

Diamond Shape Flower Choose your colors for the "Diamond Shape Flower" pattern:

Pinpoint Stitches Pinpoint stitch pattern is possible in both vertical-horizontal, and diagonal arrangements. A version with "square accents" is also available. Choose your colors for the "Pinpoint Stitch" patterns:

Iris Choose your color for the "Iris" pattern:

Wave & Bird Choose your colors for the "Wave & Bird" pattern:

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Tortoise Shell Choose your colors for the "Tortoise shell" pattern:

Flax Leaves Choose your colors for the "Flax Leaves" pattern:

Pinpoint Stitches with Kamon Choose your color for the "Pinpoint Stitch" pattern and the seal:

Size and complexity will determine the extra cost. As these factors are specific to each custom order, we ask you to contact our Customer Service Department for further details. A clear sample of the design you wish to incorporate into your custom bogu, the size, location, and thread color, should be considered and prepared for discussion. Based on the information you provide us, we can offer a formal price quote. Please note that this service is listed as an option item in the online-store database, but without the extra costs. Therefore, extra charges will be handled separately.

- 3-Stripe Mune Mune 3-Stripe Option, or "sanbon-ashi"

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When building a new doh, taller persons, persons who are long-torsoed, or persons who are just big overall, may wish to have another line added to the side projections of the mune, the chest portion of the doh. These are the lines on the top edge of the doh, in the area just under the arms. The standard is two lines; however an additional line, totaling three lines on each side will create higher side-wall for the doh, provide for slightly more protection coverage, and better proportions overall. This treatment requires an additional 15 days during crafting, and is available at only an additional JPY 1,500. You can make this selection by simply checking the box in the doh ordering page marked "Three Stripes." Another option to provide you with truly custom service.

- Men-Gane Men-gane: The metal-grill protecting the face Long ago, the first "mengane" were in bamboo, but then evolved to iron or stainless. Npwadays, there are essentially four types of men-gane, the metal-grill that protects the face: Duraluminum; Titanium; Duralumin/Titanium mix; and a special type designed by the Hasegawa company featuring a fiber-glass shield. As well as the differences in materials and construction, men-gane are also made in various sizes. Children men-gane are available with 12 or 13 horizontal bars; standard adult men-gane employ 14 horizontal bars; another special long & wide 14 bar variation is also available for larger kenshi; and for those with long measurement (top-back of head to point of chin) of 73 centimeters or longer, a special 15 bar men-gane is available. At first glance we can see that there are only a limited number of men-gane sizes to fit the broad range of people. The difference in fit, and positioning of the monomi the wide slot which one looks through, are determined at the time of construction, and are dependant on the skill and expertise of the craftsperson who constructs the men. For this reason experienced kenshi take advantage of having their men custom-made. At Chibabudogu we basically propose 4 options for the men-gane: IBB Duraluminum: Made of an Aluminum-alloy, this it the lightest and least expensive of the IBB options. It is recommended for children, lighter kenshi, for those who engage only occasional practice and for naginata practitioners. The lighter weight makes it comfortable to wear; however, a heavy schedule of practice exposing the men to lots of collisions, and long exposure to sweat may eventually weaken the attachment points of the horizontal bars. In such cases, titanium men-gane are recommended. IBB SD: This men-gane is slightly stronger than the IBB Duralumin and provides a better shock absorption. IBB Titanium: An all titanium construction in which the base-ring, center vertical spine, and horizontal bars are all thicker than the standard All-Titanium men-gane. The greater thicknesses of the materials, and in particular, the greater cross-sectional area at the points where the parts are welded together, make this the strongest men-gane available. 100 gms heavier than a standard titanium model, we highly recommend this men for average and large adults, and any person performing at the national team level. IBB Pro: Same all titanium construction as the IBB Titanium, but with a more refined design.

- Menbuchi Color The Menbuchi, the leather ring that holds the mengane and the futon together comes in two variations: Traditionnal, red & black All black

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- Ago Pattern Chibabudogu offers a wide variety of ago designs to choose from. If you would like to consult our customer service representatives, we can work with you to create a truly unique design, specific to your unique needs. Below are "standard" designs that we offer at a fixed price. You may specify for custom thread colors in the comments box of the option section. For more details on the patterns, please refer to this page

Tortoise Shell

Wave & Bird

Flax Leaves

Pinpoint Stitch

Pinpoint Stitch (square Cross Mark accents)

Cross Mark with Pinpoint Stitch

Diamond Flower

Bordered Cross Mark


Family Seal with Pinpoint Stitch (Contact Customer Service)

- Naname-zashi (Diagonal Stitching) Naname-zashi, or diagonal stitching, is a stitching technique for machine-stitched men-tare (the flaps). Diagonal stitching on the men-tare runs parallel to the cylindrical curl that men-flaps make at their ends, above the shoulders. It is a direct feature taken from traditional te-zashi or hand-made bogu. The men-tare roll-up-and-down' with the movements of the shoulders naturally according to their shape, and the appearance is very nice. Naname-zashi is a feature used by most of the Naginata practitioners: the shape of the men-tare allows them to assume Hasso-no-kamae or do furikaeshi techniques more easily.

- Eyeglasses Option Special Custom Treatment for Wearing Eye Glasses in Men For those of you who wish to wear your daily-use glasses inside your men there is a special treatment we can perform at the time we are building your men for you:

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In this treatment, the uchiwa, the cloth ring on the inside of the men that contacts your face, is sewn very tightly with many lines of stitch around the level that the stems of the glasses, the parts that reach back to your ears, pass by. This compresses the uchiwa and creates an open channel for the stems. This additional clearance prevents pressure against the stems and your face, making wearing the men much more comfortable, and will prevent the stems of appropriately sized glasses from being bent or broken. At this time, we offer this at no-charge as a service to truly customize your men according to your needs. Note: All glass frames differ. This eyeglass treatment to the uchiwa cannot accomodate every possible style of eyeglass frame; however, narrow glasses that do not have protruding corners can be worn in most cases. Many kenshi prepare a special set of glasses for wear within the men. Note 2: The eyeglasses option is only available on Mine men.

- Uchiwa Material The uchiwa, the inner-ring that fits the face inside the men, can be chosen from cotton or velvet.

- Kote Palms Material Micro-Punch Kote Palms Micro-Punch palms are made of Clarino synthetic material. This man-made-leather actually out performs real leather when constantly soaking wet, and has a natural moisture wicking property that results in them drying out in much less time than leather. In the Micro-Punch process, the material is punched with 1 mm holes 5 mm apart. This ventilates the palms, making the kote cooler and more comfortable to wear, and faster drying when not in use. We infer that the combination of less sweat and faster drying contributes to longer life of the kote. Due to the good performance and long life of the palm, we are considering making the Micro-Punch Clarino palms our standard palm. When I first saw them, I thought the holes would make them weaker, with the hole stretching out, and the material getting thinner and thinner, but since we have introduced this good product, we are not seeing many come back for replacement as with our normal deer-skin or white-leather palms. We recommend this as a choice in new Mine line kote order, and offer it as a replacement material for kote re-palming orders. If it is any testimonial, half of the staff of Chibabudogu are changing their kote to Micro-Punch whenever re-palming becomes necessary; and the other half sticks with Japanese deer leather, for the traditional aspect and the beauty of the material :-).

- Kote Extra Padding Extra padding in the kote-futon, for more protection.

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