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About our embroidery and engraving services

Having one's name embroidered or engraved on one's equipment is common in Japan (and sometimes even imposed by the teacher). We must not forget that the marking is highly standardized in competition. For questions concerning the competition regulations, thank you for consulting the "IJF regulations for embroidery "IJF norms ".

Embroideries are so common in Japan that professional embroiderers can be found almost at any corner. The embroidery has become an art itself and Japan is by far the most famous manufacturer of automated embroidery machines in the world. KuSakura mainly uses machines of the brand Barudan, the best maker on the market, renown for achieving excellent embroideries.

The engravings are made with a CO2 laser, French brand, and especially designed for wood engravings. Specifically adjusted to avoid compromising the physical integrity of weapons, this laser is used for all wooden weapons.

All engravings and embroideries are available in Roman alphabet (English), in Katakana (Japanese phonetic transcription of the alphabet) , in Hiragana (classic Japanese alphabet) and in Kanji (the famous Sino-Japanese complex characters). We offer free transcription of names, Dojo names, places and so forth.

Unfortunately, we can not embroider/engrave in Chinese, Korean, Cyrillic, etc. Only Roman letters (French, English, etc.) and Japanese characters are accepted. Moreover, this embroidery service is exclusively reserved for products ordered on this site and an embroidery made when purchasing.

Transcription of your name into Japanese

Japanese is written in a combination of three alphabets. The Katakana and the Hiragana that are phonetic alphabets and the Kanji, the semantic alphabet (the one best known in the West, derived from Chinese characters).

  • Foreign words and names are transcribed in Katakana only, (be it names or common expressions borrowed from foreign languages). And because Japanese is a syllabary language, initials do not exist. (Initials will be systematically embroidered and engraved in English.)
  • Hiragana is used for simple Japanese words and grammatical elements. It is relatively rare to embroider in this alphabet. (ex. Judo > じゅうどう)
  • The Kanji are used for most of the words with a semantic meaning (radicals of verbs, common names, proper names etc.). The word Judo, for example, written in Kanji: 柔道.
  • The Roman alphabet (English letters) is widely used in Japan as well, especially to write initials of names. (Ex. Judo > ジュウドウ)

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Names can be transcribed in several ways, depending on which syllable is emphasised and even more important in what language it is pronounced. (Example: The sound of the name "Michael" differs considerably if vocalized in English or another language!) The translation service we offer uses official transcriptions whenever possible and common pronunciation of the name according to the country of delivery of the order. It is possible to add a comment for each embroidery and engraving module to let us know the exact pronunciation of your name if it is not common.
Furthermore, if you already have a name embroidery and want the same, we strongly recommend to send us a picture, using the file upload feature in each embroidery or engraving module. If no file was sent, we shall accept no complaint concerning the transcription done by our services.

Finally, there is a technique called Ateji to translate foreign names into Kanji. This allows thousands of possibilities, subject to interpretations and this technique, rarely used, is sometimes frowned upon in Japan. For these reasons, we do not offer this service.

The fonts

  • Kaishotai (Japanese): classic font (style) for characters, used by default for all Japanese embroideries. Representing about 70% of all embroideries made.
  • Gyoshotai (Japanese): cursive font for characters, stylized, between classic characters and calligraphy. Representing about 20% of all embroideries made.
  • Capital (Latin/English): Roman capital letters, standard capital letters. Represents approximately 10% of all embroideries made, (together with cursive writing).
  • Cursive (Latin/English): attached Roman script, with a capitalized first letter followed by lower-case letters. Representing about 10% of all embroideries made, (together with capital writing). It is possible to embroider cursive capital letters, but only in context of e.g. initial embroideries.

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Embroidery for Judogi jacket

You can choose from 3 embroidery positions in the modules on our site for customizing your jacket. These three positions represent 99% of the embroideries ordered, however, if you prefer another position for your embroidery, please contact us for a quote.

Note that the size of the embroidery is automatically adapted to each position according to the available space. Thus, if the usual embroidery/character size (see below) exceeds the maximum size possible, the embroidery size is reduced to fit the maximum length.

  • Bottom of collar: the most common position for embroideries in Judo. Japanese characters and English capital letters are embroidered vertically on the collar itself, English cursive letters, written horizontally only, are moved to the left bottom of the jacket.
    > Maximum length size: 16 cm. Size of each character: 2.5 cm.
  • Right sleeve: uncommon for name embroideries, but often chosen for Dojo names or club logos. Embroideries on sleeves are always horizontal.
    > Maximum embroidery length : 13 cm. Size of each character: 2.5 cm.
  • Left chest: Although very common in Japan, where it is permitted (even imposed) by the federation to have ones name on the chest in certain competitions, that position is rare outside Japan, where any marking on the chest is often prohibited in competitions. Left chest embroideries are always vertical.
    > Maximum embroidery length: 15 cm. Maximum size of each character: 5 cm.

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Embroidery for Judogi pants

  • Left side: With the KuSakura logo "S" at this position, the embroidery is carried out next to the logo slightly moved to the top.
  • Right side: usually blank, the embroidery is sewn mirroring the KuSakura logo on the opposite side.
  • Japanese characters and English capital letters are always embroidered vertically. The English cursive letters are always embroidered horizontally.
  • "Full name" embroideries exceeding a length of 13 cm are realized in two lines. (vertically or horizontally).

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Integrated embroideries for belts

An "integrated" embroidery means embroidered realised on the outer surface before the manufacture of the belt and before the lines of stitching on the belt are added.
This implies that these stitches are sewn onto and through the embroidery. This technique has the advantage of making the embroidery very resistant and durable and further invisible on the reverse side of the belt. As this is a custom made product, manufacturing takes usually about 3 weeks.

  • Position 1 (label end, logo): position usually chosen for name embroidery.
  • Position 2 (blank end, without logo) : position usually chosen for Dojo names or grade embroidery.
  • Maximum embroidery length: 16 cm. Size of each character: 3 cm.
  • Integrated embroideries are offered only on black belts and the "Gyoshotai" font is not available for integrated embroideries
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  • Given the fact, that grades are not marked on the belts in Japan, we do not offer grade (lines for Dan) embroidery.

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Non-integrated embroideries for belts

"Non-integrated" embroideries are added after the fabrication of the belt. This means that the back side of the embroidery is visible on the reverse side of the belt. This type of embroidery is faster and easier to achieve (made within 3 business days) than integrated embroideries and therefore charged less. Non-integrated embroideries can be made on all belts, white or black, except on the JOGS model which is too thick to achieve good quality embroidery.

  • Position 1 (label end, logo) : position usually chosen for name embroidery.
  • Position 2 (blank end, without logo) : position usually chosen for Dojo names or grade embroidery.
  • Maximum embroidery length: 16 cm. Size of each character: 2.5 cm.
  • For non-integrated embroidery the golden and silver embroidery thread are for quality related reasons not shiny.
  • Given the fact, that grades are not marked on the belts in Japan, we do not offer grade (lines for Dan) embroidery.

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Engravings for Bokken, Jo & Tanto

Engravings can be made on all wooden products. We generally recommend the smallest size offered, which is 7.5 mm per character, more discreet for weapons intended especially for the practice of Kata. The available engraving fonts and the name transcription norms are the same as for embroideries.

  • Bokken: on the Tsuka (handle) or on the bottom of the blade, left or right side when held.
  • Tanto: on the Tsuka (handle) or on the bottom of the blade, left or right side when held.
  • Jo: on the top, centre or bottom.
  • Kenju (pistol): vertically on the handle, left or right side when held.
  • Size: 7.5 mm, 10 mm or 12 mm per character.
  • Cover for weapons: synthetic leather embroidered name plate that fits the name plate pocket of the cover.

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Embroideries of logos

Even though this is generally not permitted in competition, certain Dojos wish to have their logo embroidered on the chest. We can of course offer this service, however, the charge varies according to the complexity of the logo and the number of colours etc., you will need to contact us beforehand so we can provide a quote.

  • Multiple colors: maximum 4 colours, chosen from the embroidery color palette.
  • Maximum size: approximately 12 x 12 cm.
  • Graphic charges: for designing the logo (to be paid once, the logo is kept for 10 years): between 20 and 100€. 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 of the logo, between 15 and 30€. Charged per embroidery.
  • Delivery: 2 to 3 weeks.

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Seido Co., Ltd. - KuSakura Judogi Dpt.

Shirako 2-27-51
Wako-shi, 351-0101 Saitama-ken
Tel JP: +81.4-8437-1740
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