Black is easily one of the most beloved colors. Alas, when it comes to Japanese kimono black is generally reserved for formal occasions. More so, solid black is called mofuku which is considered funeral attire for mourning. The Japanese have made it politely clear that mofuku should not be casually worn, and is reserved for mourning. So what is a lover of the color black to do?
Fear not, it is possible to rock out your little heart decked out in your favorite color black!
Have you ever wanted to create your own obi or Japanese kimono? Do you have a mofuku obi or kimono in your collection and want to make it into something you can wear outside of funeral attire? Over the years, we have observed a trend in Japan that is quite simply taking solid colored obi and kimono and painting them. We have even seen things like rhinestones and lace added to kimono.
Mofuku pieces in particular are ideal for these kinds of projects. The Japanese have expres
This weekend we are excited to be in the Chicago area, and are proud to be a part of one of the most prestigious shows in North America dedicated to Japanese blades! This weekend we are selling Japanese kimono and antique samurai armor shrines at the Chicago Area Japanese Collectibles And Sword Show. From April 27th to 29th we will be at the show, and will have a selection of higher end stock tailored more toward collectors of Japanese arts. If you love Japanese swords this s
This April our small family business turned 9 years old. It has been a long journey, one filled with lots of travel and great customers. Our business originally started as a graduation project for the company owner as she was finishing her business degree in college. First we began with travelling to tea rooms and libraries as a part of an educational effort to help teach the public about how to wear traditional Japanese kimono. Later, our first humble booth was hosted at Bas
We had a great time at the Cherry Blossom Day festival in Salem, Oregon. It was great to meet so many of our west coast customers, thank you for your support. We hope to return in 2019. #kimono #japanesekimono #japanesekimonos #cherryblossomday #sakurakimono #kimonostore
We have 2 great events coming up that we are excited to be a part of: Cherry Blossom Day in Salem, Oregon and Animatic Con in Cinncinati, Ohio. Cherry Blossom Day is a FREE family event located at the Capital Building among the blooming sakura trees! Animatic Con is an anime convention that helps raise money for autism.
Due to how busy all of March is, we do have a shipping delay in effect for all online orders. We hope to resume shipping orders out as quickly as possible a
This March is going to be a very busy month for us. There are a total of 3 shows for us in the month, potentially 4. One of the shows requires us to fly out to Oregon state. We will be out of state for 1 week, and will be unable to ship any orders while being out of state.
For much of March there will be shipping delays of an additional 3 to 5 business days. If you need an order in a timely manner please consider purchasing it before March.
Thank you so much for your unde
Book Title: Geiko & Maiko Of Kyoto
By: Robert Van Koesveld ISBN: 978-0-9944501-0-4
Review: Over the years I have acquired a rather impressive collection of books dedicated to traditional Japanese kimono, Japanese textile arts, and Geisha. As I have collected these books I continue to find in them photos of women labeled as Geisha and Maiko, who are not. Instead commonly tourists who are paying for a dress up session are frequently cited and published as being a Geisha or
Get someone special something silk this V-Day. Japanese kimono make for a great gift for any gender. Enjoy 10% off everything on our site using coupon code VDAY10 at check out from Feb 7th to Feb 14th, 2018. All USA orders during this time will be shipped 2 day USPS priority mail, rush shipping and handling upgrades are available at check out. #japanesekimono #kimono #japanesekimonos #kimonosale #buykimono #kimonostore #silkkimono
This year we have included into our show lineup a few great new shows, and are excited to be a part of them! Once more we are traveling from coast to coast, and will travel all over the USA to sell kimono in person at our pop-up boutique. Here is our current list of confirmed events, there are many more shows pending that will be added shortly!
Please be aware that these shows will cause small shipping delays for online orders. 2018 Show Schedule Jan 26th-28th - Ohayocon (Co
Ohayocon 2018 was amazing, and made possible by so many great and supportive customers. Our new expanded booth design was very popular and got great praise! Our next show is Animarathon in Bowling Green Ohio. We are hosting 2 panels at Animarathon: one about kimono, the other a small business owner workshop. #kimono #ohayocon #Ohayocon2018 #japanesekimono #kimonostore #kimonoforsale #buykimono
This weekend is Ohayocon 2018 in Columbus, Ohio! This epic winter anime convention is packed full of panels, great guests, and a massive shopping experience! Once more we are selling at this show, and are eager to see many of our long time customers once more. We will have with us a great selection of Japanese kimono ranging from yukata to furisode, haori, obi, tabi socks, and more. Additionally we will have a selection of our resin charms made by our Gold Raven side project,
A few months ago we held a poll to let our customers vote on our new bag designs. Spoiler: the purple koi bag won. Our new shopping bags just arrived in the mail, and we could not be happier. These bags are large enough to hold several kimono in them at once, and are made from a robust fabric that can survive use and abuse at conventions and festivals. We will have them this weekend at Ohayocon. #japanesekimono #buykimono #kimonostore
Guide: Hack Your Han-Eri Han-eri are a decorative collar that is attached to your juban collar, and are visible as a sort of second collar when worn with your kimono. Han-eri are generally sewn on by hand with large lose stitches, which means that most people do not frequently change them. However we are going to show you a great way to hack your han-eri and up your kitsuke game! With this guide we will show you a simple system to add to your juban and han-eri to make them ea