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Summer kimono and yukata designs which benefit pet foster programs

Beautifully designed products to help pets without owners

We recently heard about another really beautiful yukata and summer kimono design from Felissimo, which is a brand with beautiful and playful designs for various products, of which the profits benefit pets without owners. You can check our the Felissimo Facebook Page for more detailed information about their cause.

The yukata and summer kimono design that caught our eye is a design with lovely cute kittens playing with ajisai hydrangeas that blossom in June.

Looking in detail at the designs and its patterns on a lavender background, you can find the kittens in different poses behind and around the hydrangea blooms.

A full 360° look at the beautiful hydrangea design. The yukata are made of 100% cotton and will keep you cool in the hot summer months. 

They have also created other products like these awesome bags with the same design. This looks like an absolute must have for every cat lover!


If you are interested in buying these from Japan, we would love to help you. Just send us a message in the form below:

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We have updated our Yukata selection!

otona yukata set

The warm temperatures are coming and you might ask yourself “Where can I buy a yukata online?” – Well, we have the answer for you! And not only can you buy an original Japanese yukata directly from us, sent to you directly wherever you are on this globe, but they are also absolutely stunning!

To prepare ourselves for the warm temperatures, we have now updated our already existing “Otona Elegance” yukata collection with 4 absolutely new yukata. Take a look at our new complete elegant line up:

otona yukata setOtona Yukata Selection

Our 4 new otona elegance yukata designs

As these elegant yukata designs, designed for a more adult and glamorous look, have been shown to be really popular with our customers, we have added 4 new design which I want to present you now:

otona yukata 08 navy otona yukata 10 black otona yukata 11 black otona yukata 15 black

As always, we are selling the yukata as a complete set, including geta sandals, a suiting double-sided obi and a yukata set, which enables to to wear your yukata right away – no further accessories needed!

You can find our Otona Yukata Set collection here: Click here

Any questions? Any doubts? Not sure about your size?

If you have any questions at all about our designs, the available sizes, the shipping to your doorstep process or whatever else you might ask yourself, please feel free to contact us via or use the form below:

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One time chance to get real oiran geta from the 1800s

Oiran geta up for auction

Lurking the internet and watching our social media feeds, we have found something that you all might find interesting.

Currently there are real original oiran geta from around 1800 to 1867 on auction on yahoo auctions.

Link to the auction

If you think “I need to get me some real oiran geta!”, you should be prepared to shell out some good money. The current bid is at 666.666 Yen, which translates to 6.100 US dollars! What a bargain!

If you don’t want to participate in the bidding war, you can also just use the instant purchase option, which is with 777.777 Yen only around 1.000 US dollars more expensive. So why not make sure you get these geta?

In case you wonder what the geta look like, here a couple of pictures from the auction:

Oiran geta up for auction

Oiran geta up for auction

Oiran geta up for auction

Definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy geta like these.

How do you walk in oiran geta?

In case you are wondering, of course after instant-buying these geta, how you actually walk in those, we found two great videos for you:


Now go out and have fun with your newly purchased oiran geta!

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Ohayocon special promotion

As a lot of you know, oftentimes kimono and kitsuke fans are often also cosplay enthusiasts and at many cosplay conventions you will find people wearing a kimono or yukata.

We would like to support the cosplay fans amongst our customers with a special promotion during Ohayocon, which is currently ongoing in Columbus, Ohio, from Friday 13th until Sunday 15th.

To find out more about this limited time promotion, go check out our Instagram account @kimonogeisha. Even if you are not a cosplay fan, you are of course still allowed to make use of this special offer.

To find more about Ohayocon, check out their website:


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Pre-Christmas update

christmas kinmono girl

The first weeks

our first couple of weeks after our soft-opening in November have been very exciting. We are steadily streamlining the user experience on our website and adding new products as they hit our inventory or as soon as they are made available to us. Still, you notice that we have a limited selection at the moment. But don’t worry, a LOT of new products are bound to be available to you, so keep your eyes open.

So far, we have been very positively surprised with the number of orders. It proved to be true that complete sets are very popular. We guess that with a complete set, even kitsuke beginners can start right away and don’t have to worry about buying additional accessories or combining different obi with their kimono or yukata.

So we will focus a little bit more on offering complete sets to you. But we also don’t want to forget about the more experienced clients who want to add a new kimono to their collection and may already have a suitable obi.

Unfortunately the high demand also means that we have run out of some of the yukata sizes already and we will not get resupplied this year. This is only true for the current yukata sets and will not stay like this forever.

Updates and more updates

As with everything, opening the online-doors to our shop is a learning experience for us. But our clients have really been great so far. Most of you noticed that we did not have an option to select the size of your desired yukata and the geta in our yukata sets. So you just used the additional note field during check-out. How smart of you all!

But of course, we steadily want to improve, so we made it possible for you to select the desired size before you add your item to the cart. This prevents us from receiving orders without size information.

We keep growing

Since we opened our doors (softly), we also came back full force to Facebook and Instagram. Both now have a steadily growing fanbase. Our Facebook-Page has reached 1.600 fans recently, which we think is a great milestone. It makes us one of the most liked kimono facebook pages out there. But we don’t want to stop here! We want to show the wonderful world of kimono and kitsuke to even more people, so we will try to reach out to influencers and Japan themed bloggers and website to find suitable cooperation partners for us.

On Instagram, we have basically just started and have reached 60 followers at the moment. You can find us with the handle @kimonogeisha
Here, our mission is to share the best and most interesting kitsuke pictures from Japanese people that foreign people might have a problem finding, due to the Japanese mainly (often only) using Japanese hashtags, written in Hiragana or Katakana.

We need your feedback!


As a growing shop in its soft-opening phase, we absolutely rely on your feedback! What do you like about us? What don’t you like? What kind of products would you like to see in our shop?

Let us know and send an email to – because ultimately, we do all this for YOU people out there! And we want to make you as happy as possible 🙂

Also, we would like to encourage you, to share your kimono and kitsuke stories on our website. Become part of our story and we will reward you with cupons for our store.

Christmas-sale coming

One last thing. We are planning a Christmas sale during the holidays. We will reduce our prices again – only for the holidays! Shipping stays free, so you can really only win.

If you are a client already or not, it doesn’t matter to us in one way:

We wish all of you happy holidays and a good start into 2017!


Your Team

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Kimono shop soft-opening!

kimonogeisha soft opening special

The time has finally come come:

Our kimono shop doors are finally open!

From this day on, November 20th 2016, we have opened the doors to our kimono shop to the public, after our invite-only phase has been successfully ended.

Invite only phase? Soft-opening?

A couple of weeks ago we started testing our kimono procurement and logistics with a few selected individuals all around the globe. First off, thanks to everyone who participated! These people were able to order basically for the price that it costs us to procure the kimono and accessories. We used this chance to test the quality of the kimono, our communication systems and all the logistics necessary to ship a kimono from Japan to you.

Now that all kimono have arrived at our first customers, we want to transition into the kimono shop soft-opening phase.

The first step of our soft-opening phase was a complete redesign of We are not 100% done with the redesign, but that’s what a soft-opening is for. We are still on our way to our final design, but already want to give you the opportunity to order from our vetted suppliers and use our knowledge, to find the perfect kimono for you.

To give you an incentive to order during these interesting start-up times, we will waive all shipping fees until the end of our soft-opening phase!

Free shipping in the soft-opening phase!

That’s right. We will ship directly to your doorstep, wherever you are in this world. And all of this for free!

We will send using Japan Posts Express Delivery, which means you will receive within 2 weeks, after you order.

A kimono for Christmas?

We are opening our doors to make it possible for you to get a lovely kimono for yourself or a loved one, just in time for Christmas.

Start right here with your Christmas present hunt and take a look at our first collection: 16 absolutely stunning furisode kimono by HL アッシュ エル from the well known designer Henri-Luc Chapuis.


Kimonogeisha First 5 Furisode Kimono




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Kimono Burlesque in London – presented by Takayo

behind the stage kimono burlesque

January 17th 2016
On a cold Sunday night in London, there were people who were enjoying a hot stage show. A hot kimono burlesque show!

beti kimono burlesque

TAKAYO, name of the company and director, presented a kimono burlesque during a corporate event for a ramen shop in London. Nobody in the UK had ever seen such a unique performance that incorporated Japanese kimono culture into a burlesque musical artwork. Dressed up in a beautiful orange kimono, Beti, the best international burlesque performer in 2015, suddenly showed up in the middle of the event. Some movements were associated with making ramen. At the same time, she was slowly undressing herself. Seductive but humble, by perfectly demonstrating two different types of concepts, Beti was catching attention from every single person in the venue.

kimono burlesque beti preparation

“I was nervous about audience reaction but I knew everybody would love this unusual combination. I hope more people will have interest in Kimono and Japanese culture” said Takayo said, after the show. She also added that there’s a special feeling you can get only when you wear Kimono. Anybody can feel / become feminine and elegant once you wear Kimono.<

“I really want everyone to experience this Kimono magic.”

kimono burlesque making ramen

Takayo, the kimono-party queen of London

Takayo is a real kimono ambassador in London. She hosts corporate events like the kimono burlesque, but she also organizes kimono parties for children and so called kimono “hen parties“, get-together parties for soon-to-be-brides and her friends. At hen-parties, up to 32 people can try and experience kitsuke culture, wear a kimono and put on special hair accessories. In addition, everyone gets a Japanese name for the event and learns to write their name with Japanese calligraphy. The hen parties and other events are really worth a look if you are living in or traveling to London. If you prefer to do your kitsuke alone, you can rent full sets from her for a really reasonable price.

kimono burlesque preparation

You can find her website at It’s especially worth a look because of the blog and her reports of all the events that she hosts – including pictures!

By the way, Takayo is searching for help:


We are always on the look out for creative and passionate people to work with. If you like to interact with people and be able to speak both Japanese and English, then please get in touch.

07862 874 583

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10 Reasons, why you should do hiking in Japan

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***Guest article by ***

Japan has some unique points that you can only find there! How about hiking in one of the world’s most mountainous country (#1)? Ever wanted to know how Japanese nature is like (#5)? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet Japanese hikers (#4)? Or would you like to know what is your biggest threat in Japan (#8)?

Wanderweib presents you 10 reasons, why you should do hiking in Japan!

#1 Japan is a hiker’s heaven

mountains of japan

About 72% of Japan is mountainous, with a mountain range running through each of the main islands. However the highest mountain Fujisan (3.776 m) isn’t as difficult as other mountains!

#2 Huge Bus Networks

japan bus network

Japan has a huge bus network which brings you directly to your trail head. So you don’t need to rent a car for starting your adventure!


#3 Weather Forecast

weather in japan

Sure, the weather is still unpredictable, but compared with our weather forecast the Japanese shows the current temperature on most famous mountains and even the hiking conditions. The most famous sites are Tenki to Kurasu and Mountain Forecast.

#4 Everyone’s friendly


Japanese aren’t the most open-minded, however the nature environment seems to open them up. During your hiking you will meet hikers who will start to talk to you and they will be extremely friendly.

#5 Ladders and Chains

japanese mountain trails for hiking in japan

Japanese mountain trails are greatly aided as compared with our western trails. At difficult spots you can find a ladder or chain that will guarantee your safe travel.

#6 Japanese Signs

japanese signs on hiking paths

Japanese trails are well marked some include even English translations! To ensure your safe travel I recommend to learn some basic Japanese Kanjis that you don’t get lost within the Kanji signs!

#7 Trail head box systems

japanese trail boxes

At trail heads you can find Tozan Posuto Box where you can leave your name and your itinerary. In a case of an emergency they may help authorities locate you faster.

#8 Your biggest threat!

Japan has the lowest crime rate in the world and you can feel very safe. Unsurprisingly, your biggest threat comes in the form of a giant hornet.

#9 Huge hiking communities

japanese hiking community

Japan has a huge hiking community which is called Yamareco. The latest trail conditions and photos are only a few clicks away with a little help from Google Translate!

#10 Clean Water

japanese clean water

You don’t need to worry about water, because crystal clean water from high mountain streams is generally safe to drink! However, in lower mountains I recommend to boil your water or use a filter system.


Tessa from Wanderweib

WanderWeib – Hiking in Japan

Hi, my name is Tessa and I live in Tokyo/Japan since 2012. During my studies in computer science, I had the opportunity to live in Japan, where I explored the Japanese rich culture. After my graduation I extended my stay until today.

Last year I discovered hiking for me and began to explore the Japanese mountains. During my preparations for my hikes, I noticed that all the hiking books were only written in Japanese. So I started my own hiking blog in German, which describe the beautiful nature in Japan. Additionally, you can find several culture tips on my blog about hiking in Japan.

Pay me a visit under:


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Weekly Kimono Finds 03/2016 - 成人の日 Seijin No Hi special

seijin no hi

We hope you enjoyed our first weekly kimono finds post and are now eager to see what we found this week. It was an exciting week for the whole kimono world, as February 11th was “Seijin no hi“, or the Japanese coming of age day.

On this day, everyone who turned 20 in the past year gets to celebrate their new adulthood together in the next city hall. And usually this is done in traditional Japanese clothing: You guessed right, when you had kimono in your head!

More specifically, it’s probably the day with most furisode kimono out in public. And of course this is our main focus for this week, although we don’t want to hide other nice displays from you. So before we dive into Seiji no hi, we start with one of our all-time favorites:

The amazing Miki


There’s probably few people so dedicated to kimono like Miki. We started following her almost daily uploads of kimono pictures on Twitter, but she has since also started an Instagram account and she has her own ameblo, where she blogs also almost daily about her newest pictures, kimono purchases, kimono events and much more. Her blog is like a never-ending resource for everyone who loves kimono, especially antiques! As she works in a different field, she calls it “living a weekend-kimono-life”. Looking from the outside, it seems like she isn’t doing anything else all day long. A truly passionate kimono lover!


Seijin no hi (成人の日)

There has been some debate recently, if girls should be allowed to wear “untraditional” clothing for seijin no hi. And with untraditional, we don’t exactly mean western clothes. Instead, girls have started using “Oiran-Style” kimonos at seijin no hi celebrations. If you aren’t familiar with oiran: In contrast to geisha, oiran were prostitutes, highly regarded and popular, but prostitutes nonetheless. So it is understandable, why this might make some old fashioned people angry, especially because seijin no hi is one of the last still functional bastions of Japanese tradition.

But not everyone loves to draw attention to them, just because you can see their shoulders (one of the untraditional things the older generation is complaining about). Others just love to wear their traditional furisode the way it is meant to be.

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Some cities, like Kyoto, also have special events surrounding seijin no hi. For example an archery event:


This week’s Twitter kimono top-4

Bonus: Speaking of untraditional

As a small bonus, we wold like to highlight a great photographer and an amazing model.
I can see, how the old guys in power might have a problem with a girl wearing this kimono-style robe during seijin no hi…

And last but not least, a video, ranging from traditional to…not so traditional. We can only imagine the fights between some of the kids and their disappointed parents.

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Weekly Kimono Finds 02/2016

Cyberjapan in kimono

Welcome to our new category “Weekly Kimono Finds”, where we will review what happened in the Kimono and Japanese Fashion scene. We closely follow many regular kimono wearers and kitsuke lovers around the world and already have presented quite a few in our Kimono Showcases. From today on, we want to share our kimono finds with you on a regular basis. Let’s get started!

Rikarin, the Tokyo Fashion Blogger

Rika, or Rikarin as she calls herself, started as a decora girl in Harajuku. Being part of a group of decora girls, she made a lot of friends and enjoyed hanging out in Harajuku. If you are interested in decora, you can find lots of pictures of decora girls on and Decora can range from simple and cute to pretty extreme, with almost an overload of accessories.

harajuku decora fashion

Becoming a decora girl in Harajuku, as with other conspicuous forms of fashion and cosplay, comes with raised attention by people around you. In Harajuku, these people include professional photographers and bloggers, through which she got in contact with the people from Now she is one of the main contributors to the TokyoFashion-Youtube channel, but she is also very active on her own Instagram account @rikarin_6doki. Of special interest for us is her video about Hatsumode, which is the first visit of a shrine in the new year. For her video, Rikarin visited the Meiji shrine in Tokyo while wearing an absolutely stunning kimono, which she combined with her unique Harajuku-style. But see for yourselves:


New years greetings from the CYBERJAPAN girls

A little bit less traditional, yet definitely worth a look. But what can you expect if you are supposed to dance in a club, like the CYBERJAPAN girls. For the new years party in club Vision in Tokyo, 4 girls of the CYBERJAPAN Team K dressed up in light kimono style dresses, even completed by an obi. A very interesting and party-compatible style!

The CYBERJAPAN dancers have recently become famous, even internationally, for their dance performances in clubs and at events. You can find out more about them at or by going to the club Ageha in Tokyo, where they regularly perform.

Kitsuke in France

The Kilo-Shop Kawaii owner showed up in Paris with a surprising look for French standards, after getting a lesson in how kitsuke is done. We think: Good job!

This weeks kimono finds on Twitter

Our first find on Twitter is from the Japanese amateur photographer RyunRyun. His ameblo-Blog is definitely worth checking out for many kimono and other fashion shoots.

A kimono that probably makes everyone jealous, displayed by Momo-san.

If you are interested in Japan, you might have heard about AKB48, or Akihabara48. But have you heard about the Osaka version, NMB48 (Namba48)? Both are basically the same thing, different city, different girls. We found this nice shooting of Reina Fujie, a current member of NMB48 and with over 100.000 followers on Twitter, she seems to be one of the really popular ones.