Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

Philadelphia Obon Celebraton at Shofuso: August 24, 2019

August 22, 2019 Yoko Lewis

FYI For our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area kitsuke & Japanophile folks:  August 24th, 2019 (Sat.) is a chance to wear your yukata (or whatever kitsuke) and experience Obon festival dancing, Taiko drumming, food and more. Sorry we won't be there but it's always a special event we recommend:Yoko LewisYokoDana Kimono Presents: Philadelphia Obon Festival 2019 (banner & images source: Japanphilly.org) From Japanphilly.org newsletter about this year's Obon at Fairmount Park (Shofuso): Obon is a Japanese celebration of one’s ancestors. Each August, people return to their hometowns to remember the dead and reunite with loved ones. Obon is celebrated with regional dances...


Japanese Vintage Fabrics by Piece: Latest Updates yokodana.com

July 31, 2019 Yoko Lewis

YokoDana Kimono website Updates  News about fabric pieces updates, July 31, 2019: Background Story:  Each year we import tons of vintage Japanese kimonos to our Delaware USA location. All year long, in the daily course of filling orders for our main products -- bulk kimonos by pound -- we set aside distinctive and special pieces or lots of fabrics that come with our bulk kimono pickings, as well as selecting some garments for deconstruction here. About those Traditional Arai-Hari Cleaners: Also, we have relationships in Japan with Arai-Hari (those traditional kimono cleaners who provide us with so many interesting pieces); To...


Tokyo Weekender: Kitsuke, Kimono Culture Articles Summer 2019

July 13, 2019 Yoko Lewis

Tokyo Weekender is a long-standing publication based in Tokyo, originally founded in 1970 as an English language print periodical for expatriates living in Japan. Back in the day we used it when we lived in Japan but hadn't seen it ourselves for some time until one of their correspondents, Sarah B Hodges, recently published articles on kimono culture, which came up on Facebook – so, as we enjoyed them so much we want to share them here on our blog. If you are an enthusiast of Japanese Culture, particularly what we like to call kimono culture, we highly recommend these...


Summer Schedule: Bulk Kimono Packages & Fabric Pieces Updates

June 16, 2019 Yoko Lewis

  1. YokoDana Kimono Office & Shipping Schedule June - July 2019: We will be travelling intermittently this summer, which will affect our shipping schedule. Our website will be open as always for orders, but we will not have shipments going out for the following dates: Friday, June 21, 2019 to Monday, July 1, 2019. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 to July 7, 2019.While out of the office we will monitor order logs, messages and emails daily. If you are a commercial customer with standing orders, we will communicate with you privately about your shipping schedule.  2. News of our bulk...


Site Review: The Blue Brick Dyeworks, Canada, Handmade Yarn

June 03, 2019 Yoko Lewis

  This blog post is not necessarily directly related to the usual themes of our website www.yokodana.com (Japanese culture, vintage kimono, traditional Japanese textile art etc.). However, we were so struck by the beauty and use of colors (ombre’) of a hand-dyed shawl pictured on Facebook, that we wanted to share it with our visitors -- who we’re sure will enjoy it. So, we contacted the folks running the website www.thebluebrick.ca -- a couple in Canada -- and they agreed to let us post some of their pictures. After visiting their website and studying their Ombre’ collection in particular, it...