Five Rings Series - Wind Dogi White
The fourth element for the 5 Rings Collection inspired by the legendary Book of Wind by Musashi Miyamoto is finally here!
The whole design incorporates many elements from the Japanese folklore, the Wind God Fūjin 風神, a terrifying wizardly demon who carry a large bag of winds on his shoulders. We discovered that the iconography of Fujin seems to have its origin in the cultural exchanges along the Silk Road. Starting with the Hellenistic period when Greece occupied parts of Central Asia and India, the Greek wind god Boreas became the god Oado in Bactrian Greco-Buddhist art, then a wind deity in China and finally the Japanese Wind God Fujin.
In his book of wind Musashi talks about the importance of learning all the different sword styles and traditions in order to master ones own.
We have therefore referenced in our unique style of Irezumi hand drawn graphics this essence of the wind, which we imagined like a powerful dragon in the sky which the modern day samurai can ride from battle to battle to achieve the ultimate victory.
The Five Rings - Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and NoMind - might appear at first as practical sword treaty, but at a closer look they are an amazing philosophical work one that still applies to everyday life.
Our new GO RIN NO SHO Kimonos series takes inspiration from this amazing martial art work, and will be translating its philosophy into weaved cotton with every new GI release.
Just like the wind we have chosen for this GI a unique lightweight 395gsm pearl weave top and matched it with light yet durable 10oz reinforced rip stop pants.
This listing is for the White GI version.
The internal shoulder panel is fully sublimated with valorous samurai's fighting aerial dragons, and a hand printed haiku poem by Kobayashi Issa is screen printed on the inside of the jacket "In a word of dew, and within every dew drop, a world of struggle".
A large print of a samurai riding a dragon sits front and center inside the jacket. This print, just like the poem on the right panel will eventually fade with every wash, following the Zen philosophy concept of Wabi Sabi, beauty in imperfection.
Various high definition patches, embroideries and prints decorate the outer part of the jacket and pants.
The Gi bag that comes with this Gi is not your usual run of the mill Gi bag, This is a fully sublimated high quality Gi bag, made of heavy duty Nylon, almost twice the weight of regular Gi bags, and can double as an everyday bag for all your daily activities or even hiking due to a usefully zipper pocket on the front where you can store safely and separately from sweaty Gis your small valuables like a wallet, phone etc. BTW the bag is fully machine washable so you can just throw it in the wash along with the GI, and have a fresh clean bag after every roll!
The GI fits like a modern tapered GI -It is pre-shrunk, but please allow for an additional 3% to 4% natural fabric shrinkage after the first few washes.
We recommend the following sizes based on your height/weight
A1 will best fit athletes 5'5"-5'9" in height, and between 125lbs to 160lbs in weight
A1L will best fit athletes 5'7"- 5'10" in height, and between 125lbs to 160lbs in weight
A2L will best fit athletes 5'11" -6'2" in height, and between 160lbs to 190lbs in weight
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