KuSakura (nine sakura in Japanese ) is composed of the kanji nine, symbolizing the number nine and sakura, symbolizing the cherry blossom (famous symbol in Japan) and means “the nine cherry blossoms”. The name and the brand symbol come from the Kamon (armories) of a famous Japanese warlord of the Nanboku-cho era (14th century) that ruled the region of origin of the company’s founder.

History: KuSakura, the inventor of modern Judo

Throughout the years, KuSakura actively participates in the creation and evolution of the Judogi, initially in collaboration with the Kodokan and with the Japanese Judo Federation, and more recently with the International Judo Federation. KuSakura is intimately linked to the creation and evolution of Judogi through ages. KuSakura also revolutionizes the “Hishisashi” (diamond) fabric present on the lower part of Judogis by changing the weaving process to include diamond patterns in the fabric structure, making this much more resistant.

In 1918, the craftsman M. Hayakawa Juichi settles in the Osaka region with its jukendo (bayonet) equipment factory. After years of sharp decline in the number of martial artists at the beginning of the Meiji era (Japanese Industrial Revolution), the number of practitioners begins to rise and Judo becomes popular. With his experience in the Sashiko (rice grain) fabric, Mr. Hayakawa focuses on the manufacture of Judogi.

During the US occupation that follows World War II, the martial arts are prohibited and it is only at the lifting of the ban that the Japanese government undertakes to “renew” the image of the traditional martial arts. Judo, which was developed as a method of education by its founder, is heavily promoted, leading to a significant increase in the number of practitioners, until it becomes the second Japanese martial art behind Kendo.

▍The graphic materials are taken from the English version of Jiuying website.