Inshou, Montsuki, and Haori
The Canadian Iaido Association (CIA), in traditional Japanese style, will now and forevermore have three artifacts to signify Presidential authenticity of the bearer, and legitimacy of the CIA. The only person recognized as the CIA President will be in possession of these three artifacts at all times. Itoh Sensei has generously presented them to the CIA with best wishes for the CIA’s future.
The first artifact of authenticity is the Canadian Iaido Association Inshou, or Official Seal. The Official Seal is a traditional Japanese wooden stamp approximately 5cm square at the base. The stamp is made from Japanese Yellow Boxwood, a very strong wood which only grows on the top of mountains, around cliffs, and is prized by sculptors for its ivory-like quality and beauty. Carved in the bottom of the seal is the CIA signature. This stamp will only ever be used for official CIA documentation.
The second artifact of authenticity is a black silk Montsuki, or official outfit. The mon on this Montsuki is the ZNIR mon.
The third and final artifact of authenticity is a black silk Haori, or a traditional silk kimono jacket. Inside the Haori there is a depiction of a traditional Japanese pot containing maple leaves which represent the relationship of the ZNIR and the CIA.
Anyone not in possession of these items will not be recognized as the legitimate CIA President.
When the current CIA president wishes to appoint a new President, these artifacts are given on the day of succession to represent a formal handover of duties and responsibilities.