Dec 7th is our 3rd annual Ohio Kimono holiday open house! We invite you all to join us for a 1 day shopping event where we open our home and warehouse to all guests for a unique shopping event! Last year we had customers from as far as California and Missouri visit! Our kimono warehouse features floor to ceiling, wall to wall racks full of thousands of Japanese kimono, obi, haori, and more! Many of the items in stock in our warehouse are NOT yet online, nor have they been to
This weekend we are at the Ginza Festival in Chicago! Admission is only $5 and this event is well known for its traditional entertainment including Obon dancing, taiko, martial arts, and epic shopping experience. We have proudly took part in this historic Japanese festival for a number of years and re excited to return once more. You can find at our booth a selection of yukata, haori, michiyuki, obi, tabi socks, kanzashi, and more for all ages and body types! From children to
This past weekend we were excited to once more take part in the Japanese Summer Festival hosted once a year at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. Every July this festival offers a selection of transnational Japanese entertainment including the likes of taiko, koto, awa odori, calligraphy, and more. If you ever have a chance to attend this event, we highly recommend it and feel that this Festival is largely an unknown gem tucked away in a world renown Japanes
This week we have added a selection of authentic traditional Japanese kimono to our site, many of which are yukata! Be certain to check out the selection while you still can, as the designs are limited and one of a kind! Once the kimono sells, its gone forever! Every week we add new Japanese stock to our site, be certain to check back often! #yukata #japanesekimono #realkimono #traditionalkimono #yukatakimono #cottonyukata
This week we have worked on further expanding our selection of hanhaba obi! We have in stock a full selection of women's hanhaba obi ranging in a wide variety of colors, designs, and sizes. Hanhaba obi are an informal type of women's obi most commonly worn with informal kimono such as yukata. These types of obi are a favorite for anyone new to wearing a kimono, because dressing in them is fairly straight forward. Unlike nagoya, fukuro, and maru obi which are more formal and r
Cherry Blossom season is upon us, and all over the world people are celebrating the annual return of the famous flowers. The Japanese term for the cherry blossom is sakura (桜). Did you know that there are well over 600 different types of cherry blossom trees? The different types of cherry blossom trees have different colors, petal shapes, and even bloom during different times. The cherry blossoms trees are famously a little tricky to predict, and the bloom typically lasts aro
Every week we add new inventory to our online kimono store! This week we focused on added to our kimono store a selection of goods in demand; yukata and juban. Yukata are popular in the warmer weather, and are a favorite for people to wear to various spring festivals. Yukata are an informal type of Japanese kimono, and are made of a cotton print. Hanhaba obi are typically worn with yukata.
Over 15 juban were added to the site that feature a wide variety of designs and are m
Autumn is here! Say good-bye to your fun loving summer yukata, and slip into something more traditional. This past week we have added a lovely selection of Japanese kimono for sale, as well as a grand selection of silk vintage haori, and even updated our supply of kitsuke dressing tools such as makura and datejime! The newest additions in our store are made from a wide variety of fabrics from silk, to polyester and feature traditional textile arts such as shibori. The holiday
Yukata are among the most popular kind of traditional Japanese kimono. These types of kimono are favored for being comfortable, easy to wear, and being casual attire that does not require many accessories to wear properly. As a result many people's kimono collection starts with a yukata, and from there grow to include more formal types of kimono including Furisode, and Houmongi. As people's collections grow many want a fresh look on their old favorite yukata. By changing up t
Once more we were so excited to take part in Matsuricon 2018! We have been a part of this show for several years, and greatly enjoy how well run and polite the staff and attendees alike are. Located in Columbus, Ohio this annual anime convention includes everything from Japanese pop culture to more traditional themes including panels dedicated to wearing Japanese kimono traditionally and even lectures about Geisha.
It was a delight to reconnect with so many of our long tim
In our private collection are a wide variety of publications dedicated to traditional Japanese kimono, textiles, and history. These publications serve as a point of reference for much of our research and kitsuke. More so, the older publications really help us note trends and styles in by gone eras, which helps us better date many vintage Japanese kimono which otherwise have no information attached to them. Looking through these books we can see variations in the styles among
It was so good to be back at Ginza Festival at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago, Illinois. This year marked the 63rd such festival. All throughout the city various Japanese-American communities were celebrating Obon season. For the past several years we have sold at the Ginza Festival, and have loved every season we take part in. This weekend long festival features a great sampling of Japanese food, culture, arts, and more. While there are several kimono dealers who ta
We recently acquired some very interesting advertising material from Japan. After reviewing the material we decided to do a mini blog series dedicated to kimono advertisements in Japan.The material in question features advertisements for yukata, but not any common kind of yukata; official Disney yukata! The first part of this series is a full color glossy advertisement for Disney yukata by Susunoya from 2005. Yukata are a type of very informal kimono worn in casual social set
Did you know that Walt Disney has a limited official line of yukata and even furisode that they occasionally produce for a short period of time? These official Walt Disney kimono are highly sought after by collectors, as the designs typically are only able to be purchased at the Tokyo Disney park in Japan, and the designs are all limited edition. These are NOT sold in the USA at Epcot.
Imagine our delight what we got 1 of these very rare yukata in stock! What we have acquir
This weekend is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For 1 day downtown Fort Wayne Indiana becomes a cultural hub that is full of a wide range of activities such as bonsai displays, haiku poetry contests, cosplay, taiko drumming, tea ceremony, and more! We will be attending with our extra large double booth setup, and are excited to be back. If you want to shop in person with us, this is a GREAT event to come shop with us at - admission is FREE! We will have a