Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

We now offer DHL Express Shipping to International Customers

July 24, 2016 Yoko Lewis

For international customer,YokoDana Kimono, www.yokodana.com, now offering DHL Express shipping worldwide.

Book Review: Dharma Delight, by Musho Allan Rodney Greenblat on JREF.COM

June 30, 2016 Yoko Lewis

We here at YokoDana Kimono(yokodana.com) are posting this because we think many of our regulars(who are Anime and JPop enthusiasts among other things Japan-related) might like this review and the book itself, given its quirky and visual approach to a traditional subject -- Buddhism & Zen; the latter are more often treated in more serious and staid fashion. Check it out: (To see the book on Amazon.com please click image above) Nahadef, a Canadian living in Sapporo, Japan and contributor to the Japan Reference Site and Forum, JREF.COM recently posted a review of this book on that site May 28, 2016. The review...

Travel Magazine: World Textiles Reviewed (including kimonos)

June 30, 2016 Yoko Lewis

We here at YokoDana Kimono(yokodana.com) were recently interviewed by a travel magazine and just got the finished article. In addition to a section on Kimonos, other world textile traditions are covered. Check it out at wheretraveler.com HERE.

New Kimono Book: Kimono Now,by Manami Okazaki

June 24, 2016 Yoko Lewis

Here at YokoDana Kimono(yokodana.com) we like to keep our eyes open for new books,media etc which pertain to kimono culture and related fashion. We are happy to share a great new kimono book: Kimono Now, by Manami Okazaki : Amazon.com book description: From the refined homes of Tokyo to the nightclubs of Kyoto; from gangster chic to Harajuku street style; from ateliers and catwalks to city sidewalks and religious festivals--this book shows how the kimono has continued to be one of Japan's most exciting wardrobe elements. Across Japan, women and men are rediscovering the kimono. Comfortable, versatile, and easily adapted to reflect...

Non-Japanese Wearing Kimonos: Reddit Controversy (Boston, Fall, 2015)

June 24, 2016 Yoko Lewis

Maybe this is old news to some of you, but we just came across a fascinating discussion in the Reddit's /japan sub-reddit. Here is the opening comment: Is it actually offensive for foreigners to wear kimonos? (self.japan) submitted 2 months ago by Autumn-Moonlight So, I'm an American I've been told recently by a friend that it's offensive for people that aren't Japanese to wear a kimono, and I was wondering if that was true. On one hand this friend is one of those people, she phrased it more like "White people wearing kimonos is racist," and then she said something...