Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

YokoDana Kimono: COVID19 Statement July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020 Yoko Lewis

YokoDana Kimono's Statement about COVID19: We have been on lock-down here in Delaware USA for over three months now and been more than busy filling orders the whole time. It appears that folks are gathering things for projects to do -- hobby or business-wise -- during the Pandemic. We ourselves -- including family in USA and Japan -- are well. We want to thank the many who have been writing to check in on us, your thoughtfulness is much appreciated. We also have been getting many questions about the status of our supplies of vintage kimonos (for our bulk kimono...

Update: Geisha, Geiko and Kitsuke Web Information (April2020)

April 26, 2020 Yoko Lewis

We have just updated our FAQ information page pertaining to kimono culture, and given the popularity of one of the sites listed there, Immortal Geisha, we thought we should post it here more visibly in our blog in light of substantial changes in the last year or so with Immortal Geisha. So, in answer to a question from a visitor/customer of ours, the following update is provided: Do you know of any other forums or resources about kitsuke (wearing kimono) and/or authentic geisha-related information? For many years Immortal Geisha -- first as a website in the 2000's, and then as a content-rich...

YokoDana Kimono Status March 31, 2020: In Lockdown But Open

March 31, 2020 Yoko Lewis

Thanks to those who have asked us how we're faring, your emails and social media messages are much appreciated. We are on our 13th day of self-imposed lockdown here in Delaware. We decided to do this before it was mandated in our state out of an abundance of caution.  We are well and have been religiously following all the CDC guidance as to hand-washing, disinfections, 6-feet distancing, etc. As we are in a high-risk group, we simply decided to remain inside since March 18th. As far as our business goes, we are open and filling orders, as well as adding more fabrics... Amabie Yokai in times of Epidemic

March 16, 2020 Yoko Lewis

Above: From The Dispatch, March 13, 2020: We continue to totally love the newsletter from this web site business. Outstanding, timely and creative information around themes of Japanese culture, arts & history, new and old. Check out this timely piece about epidemics, at link below: Amabie: the Japanese Yokai That Can Stave Off Epidemic

Family Photos in Japan 2020 -- Kimono: Old Yet New

March 06, 2020 Yoko Lewis

Below we are excerpting here some pictures and comments from our Furusato--Hometown page of this site. We post these here to share how Japanese of today are honoring traditional customs and still doing so with modern twists. Pay special attention to the kimonos and accessories particularly of the girls in these various photos, blending old and new creatively. YokoDana Kimono Owner's Family Photos Japan: 2020 Above --'s Owner's Nephew's Family: Note the twins in blue hifu  (Hifu is a special hand-made vest for age 3 of Shichi-Go-San Celebration); Hifu Buttons are handmade using the same fabric. Flower buttons are Tsumami-zaiku crafted by Aunt Honami...