On a recent trip to Tokyo, I had the pleasure of meeting an Englishman called Mike Williamson, who has lived over there for many years and is married to a Japanese lady, Keiko Yakawa san. Yakawa san is the sister of a man I have trained with for many years in Japan; initially at Mr Inakoshi’s dojo and now at Hombu dojo.
Yakawa san was taught how to make hakama by a master of the trade, Shirakawa Hideo san and as Hideo san was about to retire, she took over the running of the business. The company became Atelier Katsura and a link to the website can be found on our “Links” page.
I can testify to the high quality of the products made by this company and if you are considering buying a new hakama, please have a look at this website and I am sure you will be pleased. If you do place an order, please ensure that you tell the company that you found their website via www.manchesteraikido.com and from my introduction to them.