The Spirit of the Samurai Lives on in This Katana Store
When you think about Japan, you think of samurai. When you think of samurai, you think about Japanese swords—katana. There is a katana maker in Kyoto that has continued the craft of creating traditional Japanese swords since their foundation. The name of the shop is Tozando.
Tozando is a general manufacturer of samurai armor and swords, and has several branches in Tokyo and Kyoto, each of which specializes in a different weapon. Tozando Shogoin-ten is the one we are covering today. It mainly retails suits of armor, live Japanese blades, and practice swords with blunted edges. Tozando Shogoin-ten is located very close to the Heian Shrine, and is visited by a constant stream of international guests every day.
What draws people through the doors of a store that stocks only expensive katana, armor and weapons? The products are so beautiful, they just seem to pull people in. Tozando has a great lineup of weapons such as high-quality in-house imitation swords, realistic sets of traditional armor of such quality that they are sometimes used in historical TV dramas and movies, and many other exquisite accessories for sword aficionados. Even in Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, there are few specialty shops with such an abundance of samurai products.
You can sense Japan’s rich history in the flesh inside the store which was converted from a traditional townhouse built over a century ago. At Tozando, you can also pour over antique swords and arms manufactured centuries ago in the early Edo and Muromachi periods. If you are visiting the Heian Shrine, why not pop into this samurai culture oasis? Tozando lets you experience Japanese history in the flesh.