About us

YOKODANA KIMONO is above all a family business, founded in 1989 by Yoko Lewis in the United States, with family members in Japan handling the Japan side of things. YokoDana Kimono, also doing business as Yoko Trading for many years, is itself the brainchild of Yoko Lewis. This is her story:
Yoko is the third generation of a family in rural Japan which has been buying, selling & collecting Japanese art & antiques for almost 100 years. Growing up she was surrounded by beautiful traditional Japanese artwork, textiles and collectibles. In addition to all the knowledge passed on to her from her father & grandfather, Yoko also has inherited a passion for these traditional arts and textiles of Japan, and takes great pleasure in making these things available to more people around the world.

In 1989 she realized her dream and opened up an Export-Import business based in the USA, making good use of her family's network in Japan. As the influence of the internet grew, she knew she had to 'get on board', so in 1998 the web site was created and she brought her brother on board to run the Japan office. That was the year that "Yoko Trading" became www.yokodana.com ( now also known as, YokoDana Kimono) . Having staff in Japan and the USA --family at that -- most often eliminates the usual 'middle-men', so thus she can offer many unique & high quality items at most reasonable prices.

In addition to the web site devoted to the sale of bulk kimono by the pound and special Japanese vintage kimono fabric, over the years Yoko has shown at a variety of trade shows and conventions but more recently we have venues at cultural fairs such as the Cherry Blossom Festivals in Washington DC, Philadelphia & Brooklyn, New York as well as Anime conventions such as AnimeNext in New Jersey. We do select quilt shows, such as New York City, Empire Quilters Guild ; Details of our venues are posted on our venues page and our Facebook Page

Retail Locations:
We once had 3 retail locations in Southeast Pennsylvania USA. However, as our web business grew it became increasingly difficult to do both web and 'brick & mortar' stores well. So, we went all-web in August of 2000. To see a list of countries to which we've shipped please click / touch here  We also have a web presence on various social media sites as well as a shop on Etsy.com.

    TESTIMONIALS:

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    BUSINESS FAQ's:

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    YokoDana Kimono (adba Yoko Trading)
    4 Medill Lane
    Newark, Delaware (DE) 19711
    USA
    (No retail sales at this location)
    USA Office Telephone: +1-302-353-4506
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