Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

What is this? Facebook Forum Query -- Introducing Kateigi House Jacket

November 10, 2018 Yoko Lewis

Came across the above on a Facebook group for Kimono Sellers, asking what it is. Since we have these fairly often, and have one on hand now, thought we'd put up a brief reply. This is called a Kateigi, or, in katakana, 'ho-mu-ko-to" (home coat); we might call it a home or work jacket for women. It resembles jinbei, but those are traditionally work jackets for men (more recently, now can be uni-sex work jackets); Jinbei have a different, more rectangular, cut to the sleeves. Here at we have fabric for making a Kateigi  and show below the label and...

18th Century Boys Suit: YokoDana Creative Upcycling Customers (List updated)

November 08, 2018 Yoko Lewis

18th Century Boys Suit, Upcycled using vintage KimonobyPleasantly Malformed(Blogger) We only recently came across this handiwork by one of our bulk vintage kimono package customers, from her blog in March of 2017. It is an 18th Century Boys Suit created by blogger Pleasantly Malformed on, To see her blog -- with multiple pictures and explanation of how she did it -- please visit her blog HERE.  We aren't often told of the myriad ways that folks buying our vintage Japanese kimonos and fabrics use them in their creative work in various media. So, when we happened upon this one, being...

Office & Shipping Schedule Update

October 29, 2018 Dana Lewis

We will be closed and not shipping orders on October 30th and 31st. We're still accepting orders on the website and will be accessing emails on October 31st;  we aren't expecting any shipping delays due to this brief closure.  Yoko

New Japanese Culture-Fashion News Website,

October 22, 2018 Yoko Lewis

Thought that our visitors and members might find this new site of interest: Introducing a new site with a focus on quality information about Japan, Japanese Culture, Fashion and more. Please check it out at:

Full Moon Festival: New Venue at Seabrook NJ Buddhist Temple(Update:Oct25)

October 17, 2018 Yoko Lewis

UPDATE: OCTOBER 25, 2018: We are sorry to announce that we will not be able to attend this event. Details of our office and shipment schedule will be posted here in our site blog and on our Facebook Page.We are disappointed as we were really looking forward to it. This promises to be a great event so we encourage all to check it out. Yoko Lewis Full Moon Festival Seabrook Buddhist Temple Bridgeton, New Jersey DATE: Saturday, October 27, 2018,4:00PM to 8:00PMEvent Information from HERE. Handmade in Japan, Tsumami Zaiku Kanzashi Hair Accessories: Otedama hand-made mini-dolls from our vintage silk kimono fabrics: