Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

Yahoo.jp News: Amami Ohshima Island Tsumugi Makers Sharinbai Supply Shortage

December 09, 2021 Yoko Lewis

Yahoo.jp News: Amami Ohshima Island Tsumugi Makers Sharinbai Supply Shortage

Japanese Kimono Culture: From Shichi-Go-San to Wedding Day

December 04, 2021 Yoko Lewis

Japanese Kimono Culture: From Shichi-Go-San to Wedding Day

YouPouch.com(Japan): Wedding & Other Dresses Made From Vintage Kimonos

October 07, 2021 Yoko Lewis

  We came across these pictures on a Japanese-language website, Youtouch.com. Starting in 2017 and then most recently (October 7, 2021), they explain how these dresses were upcycled, made from 1950s-1960s vintage kimonos, deconstructed and made into both wedding gowns and other fashionable dresses/gowns; some are then made available as rentals (in Japan). To see full pictures of these lovely dresses please visit 2017 blog HERE , and 2021 blog HERE. Also, in early 2020, one of our customers (Below, Pam T., Canada) shared with us her own wedding kimono made from our "A Package" vintage silk women's kimonos:   To...

YokoDana Kimono: Announcing New Bulk Kimono/Fabrics Products

September 28, 2021 Yoko Lewis

ANNOUNCING NEW TYPES OF BULK KIMONO & FABRIC LOTS PACKAGES:September 28, 2021 Background: We have been bringing in tons(literally) of vintage Japanese kimonos and fabrics every year since 1998. All these years we have been putting aside any unusual or distinctive pieces as we go about our routine sorting for filling orders for our main product, our "A Package ( 110-A), Womens Silk Package". Since we've done this for years and - before the Pandemic - frankly didn't give all of them much thought until we realized how much we had accumulated. So, early in 2021, as we made space...

2020 Olympics Closing Ceremony Highlights Fashionable Use of Hakama

August 09, 2021 Yoko Lewis

This past spring(2021) we posted a blog about the trend among young college-aged Japanese women to wear women's hakama over a formal kimono at graduation time and other special occasions. (Above image: hakama-bijin.com) During the closing ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics we were surprised - and pleased - to see this fashion trend among young women in Japan being showcased as part of the final ceremonies . Below we share pictures of  Olympics kimonos-with-hakama from various public media sources (also, note the footwear types): Below: Other Types of Kimono on Display During 2020 Olympics Closing Ceremonies Lastly, as...