Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

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...

Customer Showcase: Jacket from YokoDana’s Ohshima Tsumugi

March 03, 2020 Yoko Lewis

Jacket Made from YokoDana’s Vintage Ohshima Tsumugi Silk Kimono -- Carol Lambright Many of our customers are what we call, affectionately, creative types: All have a passion for their craft, whether they call themselves artisans, artists, designers, quilters, stitchers or multi-media artists – regardless of their moniker -- for years we have enjoyed seeing old vintage Japanese textiles we sell by the pound be reborn into something new -- yet old.  One recent feedback that we received comes from Carol Lambright, an Oregon, USA customer. Last year she bought a 10lb package of old Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silks (see more about...

London Exhibition -- Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

February 29, 2020 Yoko Lewis

V&A 2020 Kimono Exhibit in LondonKimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, Previews 1800-1830, Kyoto, Photo Credits on  If you are lucky enough to be in England or able to travel to London, and share our interest in kimono culture, you should check out this London Exhibition, "Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which recently opened and runs until June 21, 2020.  The Victoria and Albert Museum, called "V&A" for short, has a Youtube page with a preview of the exhibit (click-push HERE to see it.) Their summary of the exhibition is below: This exhibition will present the kimono...