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AKA-MUGEN: Master Quality Made-in-Japan Koushizashi Bogu Set

Regular price $1,875.00 USD
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Manufactured by Nihon Kendogu Seisakusho or NKS - one of Japan's only workshops capable of producing 100% MADE IN JAPAN Kendogu - AKA-MUGEN is reinforced using genuine Japanese ‘Aizome’ dyed Orizashi cotton, #10,000 grade cotton, and premium cuts of genuine 'Aizome' dyed deerskin. 

As one of the most sought after Bogu sets in all of Japan, AKA-MUGEN is not only lightweight, but also extremely shapeable and comfortable. Further, the 6mm 'Koushizashi' / 2mm pitch Futon offers a revolutionary level of comfort, flexibility and durability. Essentially, stitches run through the Futon both vertically and horizontally, providing a flexible, yet strong framework. Based on the design of Crosspitch style Bogu sets that have grown significantly in popularity throughout the years, AKA-MUGEN's appearance is truly is iconic.

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AKA-MUGEN offers a fully made to order, made in Japan option for those looking for a premium quality Bogu set, that is suitable for literally all occasions. Utilizing the very best quality materials, AKA-MUGEN is soft and flexible, lightweight, and extremely durable.

Unique to the AKA-MUGEN is the implementation of both a new Futon construction, and also stitching method. Not only does AKA-MUGEN feature diagonal Koushizashi stitching on the Mendare, to give extra comfort, the overall 6mm Fine-Koushizashi stitching - equivalent to around 2.0 bu in traditional terms - gives excellent flexibility, and at the same time optimum durability. Fine-Koushizashi is when the stitches are applied in a grid-pattern, as with regular Koushizashi, but the space between the stitches is reduced to 2mm. This may seem counter-intuitive in an age of longer stitches, providing more flexibility and comfort, however, thanks to the newly designed super-soft Futon, these short stitches provide the extra bit of rigidity needed in order to give the ability to shape the Bogu perfectly - without sacrificing comfort. Further, the shorter stitch length gives improved durability, making AKA-MUGEN the most durable Bogu set from NKS to date. Finally, the diagonal cut applied to the Mendare, and the Tare panels add to the sharp, yet dignified overall appearance.

MEN

The AKA-MUGEN Men is completely made to order to your exact sizes, using high quality Shoai-zome cotton, and top-grade genuine 'Aizome' deerskin for the reinforcements. The design is simplistic overall, and features diagonal 'Koushi-Nanamezashi' stitching on the Mendare, for excellent comfort, as well as accurate shaping. NKS' original MUGEN Mengane features an improved balance, giving improved lateral vision, and has reinforced Titanium bars in the strike zone. This gives the optimum balance of being lightweight, and also extremely strong. Further, the Mengane is coated with an original high-gloss coating, which strengthens the surface, preventing chips, cracks and dents. Finally the MUGEN Original Mengane is finished with matte grey on the inside, giving a cool and discreet outlook.

KOTE

Utilizing NKS' original Kote design, the AKA-MUGEN Kote present the culmination of generations of expertise in crafting premium Kendo equipment. The AKA-MUGEN Kote are made, not only to your EXACT sizes and specifications, but they are made to – what we believe – to be the optimum design, allowing an unparalleled level of comfort, and ease of use. The full Orizashi design makes the Kote lightweight, and quick drying. Ultra soft bleached white deerskin palms are used, allowing for extreme comfort, and an accurate feel of the Shinai.  Further, the 6mm Koushizashi stitching gives excellent protection, and unbeatable durability.

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TARE

As with the other parts, the AKA-MUGEN Tare is reinforced using genuine Japanese ‘Aizome’ dyed Orizashi #10,000 cotton, top-grade genuine ‘Aizome’ deerskin. Further, advancements have been made to the Mae-Obi, which now also features a diagonal cut at the side, helping the Tare sit in a visually pleasing manner when worn.

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EMBROIDERY & CUSTOMIZATION: All Bogu sets on California Budogu come standard with a high quality 50pc. Type Synthetic Do. Please click HERE to add name embroidery or other customizations to your new Bogu set!

MEASUREMENTS: Please click HERE for detailed information on measurements. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us anytime at info@californiabudogu.com. 

LEAD TIME: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT EACH SET OF NKS DELUXE KENDOGU IS MADE INDIVIDUALLY, FROM SCRATCH, FOR EACH ORDER. NO CORNERS ARE CUT IN PRODUCTION OF ANY NKS BOGU SETS, AND WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON THE QUALITY WE OFFER. THIS QUALITY REQUIRES TIME. PRODUCTION OF AKA-MUGEN IS DEPENDANT ON THE WORKLOAD OF NKS, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF THE REQUIRED MATERIALS, HOWEVER, IN GENERAL, PRODUCTION IS CURRENTLY ESTIMATED AT 10 to 12 WEEKS.