Miyako half price bogu sale
Just got an email from Andy Fisher at Miyako in Kyoto and they're having a half-price sale. These bogu are mostly made in China, but the difference is Miyako's Japanese craftsmen travel regularly to the factory in China to inspect and train the makers there. The bogu is also made to Japanese design and specification. Andy is well-known in the international Kendo community (I think he may be the current British Kendo Team captain, even though he lives in Japan). He is an experienced kenshi and has a reputation to protect, so he would not sell inferior product.
If you are thinking of buying bogu, I would recommend you seriously consider these. They are also offering free international shipping, which is pretty bonkers and saves about $100.
The bogu above is their "Tsubasa" which, at a sale price of about $584.00AUD is one of the more expensive bogu in the sale. It uses "pitch" stitching which produces a softer, more comfortable bogu, but is as protective as regular stitching. Bogu made this way is second only in price to hand-stitched, and is usually pretty expensive. Have a look at our Equipment Buying Page and scroll down to "Bogu" for a description and pictures of the different styles of stitching.
There are other, cheaper options in the sale that I would also recommend. All of them would be suitable for a first bogu, depending on your budget. If you are interested, I would be happy to help you through the somewhat daunting list of options on the order page.
Here is the link again: https://www.kendo-bogu.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=146