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Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché (キモノめりめろマルシェ) event review

Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché Market

On November 8th and 9th, the 4th Kimono Méli-Mélo Marche (キモノめりめろマルシェ) was held in Kawagoe, at the FukuFuku Kimono Store. Kawagoe is roughly a 50 minute ride away from Shinjuku, therefore easily accessible for every Tokyo-jin (Tokyoites).

It is an event for small boutiques and kimono lovers, who want to showcase their handmade kimono and lots and lots of accessories. “Méli-Mélo” is french for “jumble” or “mishmash”, which is very fitting, as the event is open for everyone, to basically show everything that is related to kimono or wafuku.

Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché Market

Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché Market Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché Market

Hundreds of kimono fans followed the invitation to take a look at the kimonos and accessories of the 21 participants. Even some of the well known kimono showers that you often see retweeted from our friends of Dailykimono.

Even a fashion show for kimono was held, with lots of young models, showing different styles of kimonos, ranging from Furisode to Homongi. Especially the colorful furisode kimono were and eyecatcher with their colorful patterns and long sleeves. Just take a look for yourself!

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Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché Fashion Show Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché Fashion Show Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché Fashion Show Kimono Méli-Mélo Marché Fashion Show

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Source: スイビ(天高く肥ゆる)

 

If you want to learn more about the participants, take a look at the participants list. Even though everything is in Japanese, you might find interesting pictures from the event and/or accessories for your kimono! The event itself even has a twitter account, where you can find lots of pictures from the event and additional information.

Sadly we have no information about when this event will be held again, but you can be sure that we will inform you as soon as possible.

 

Participant List

November 8th (Saturday)

〇chidorii
(古布のバッグ、小物入れ等)
http://chidorii.exblog.jp/

〇ちゃいず
(簪・帯留等)
HP(blog) http://ameblo.jp/chaizu/

〇Nyaro Works
(帯留め、ヘアアクセサリー、羽織紐 等)
http://ameblo.jp/nyaro3086158/

〇花金魚
(手ぬぐいクリップ、リバーシブル半襟、帯留め等)
http://ameblo.jp/kimonohanakin/

〇ひめ小町
(つみま細工、ヘアアクセサリー、帯留め、羽織紐等)
http://ameblo.jp/yuu-kisaragi/

〇berry工房(委託販売)
(草履)
http://www.berrykoubou.com/

〇ぽ* a handmade atelier
(和小物、2wayアクセサリー等)
http://www.shop-online.jp/miharukom…

〇馬場装飾
(ヘッドドレス)

〇お着物ワンダーランド
(帯留め・ヘアアクセサリー等)
http://ameblo.jp/gyms3103/

〇yumiutsugi bead works
(ウッドビーズのアクセサリー、帯留め、羽織紐、半衿等)
http://www.mamamangosteen.net/

November 9th (Sunday)

〇寿喜堂
http://ameblo.jp/kotobuki-111/

〇スパイス一匙
(帯留め、根付け、ヘアアクセサリー)
http://taishootome.jp/

〇Nyaro Works
(帯留め、ヘアアクセサリー、羽織紐 等)
http://ameblo.jp/nyaro3086158/

〇花金魚
(手ぬぐいクリップ、リバーシブル半襟、帯留め等)
http://ameblo.jp/kimonohanakin/

〇ハリハコビ
(リバーシブル前掛け、乙女エプロン、メンズエプロン等)
http://harihakobi.com/

〇ひめ小町
(つみま細工、ヘアアクセサリー、帯留め、羽織紐等)
http://ameblo.jp/yuu-kisaragi/

〇berry工房(委託販売)
(草履)
http://www.berrykoubou.com/

〇ぽ* a handmade atelier
(和小物、2wayアクセサリー等)
http://www.shop-online.jp/miharukom…

〇ユキモノコモノ
(フェルト、古布のヘアクセサリー、帯留め等)
http://ameblo.jp/yukimonokomono/ent…

〇お着物ワンダーランド
(帯留め・ヘアアクセサリー等)
http://ameblo.jp/gyms3103/

〇yumiutsugi bead works
(ウッドビーズのアクセサリー、帯留め、羽織紐、半襟等)
http://www.mamamangosteen.net/

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What’s the difference between kimono and yukata: Kimono vs. Yukata

furisode gyarus

Popular question: “What’s the difference between kimono and yukata?”

Talking about kimono, we often hear the question “What is the actual difference between a kimono and a yukata?” It is a valid question, because for the untrained eye, it is often hard to distinguish one from the other. To clear this up once and for all, we would like to answer this question here in detail.

As we all now by now, both are a type of traditional Japanese clothing which is worn by women. In the past, both were worn for everyday activities. Recently, they mostly see the light of the day for festive activities. Sometimes you can see women dressed in yukata and kimono at the same time. But how can you actually distinguish them?

1. The fabric

Yukata are most of the time made of cotton or other lower quality materials. The main material for kimonos is usually silk and therefore has a much higher quality than yukata materials. This also explains the big price gap between yukata and kimono. This is not true for all cases, as you may find yukata made of silk, but it serves as a good guideline.

2. The lining

This is an easy one. Yukata never have a lining, as they are not supposed to be used in cold weather. Kimono may have fur lining or lining made of other materials. So if you see fur sticking out somewhere, you can be sure that it’s a kimono!

Kimono with fur lining
Kimono with fur lining are often worn for the “coming of age” celebrations, as they are held in February. The style of the kimono you see in this picture is called furisode. Source: pokoroto

 

3. The collar

Kimono collar
Example for a kimono collar, also called “eri”.

Another rather easy one and a clear sign: A yukata only has one collar, while a normal kimono has at least two collars. Minimum two collars are the collar of the kimono and the collar (or multiple) of the undergarment, that is worn under the kimono. This undergarment is called juban. Multiple juban can be worn at the same time, depending on the kimono and the season/temperature. Additional collars called “eri” (, えり, collar) may be worn between the kimono and the undergarment. These additional collars have very elaborate patterns and can cost up to $500 dollars, depending on what materials are used and how detailed the pattern is.

Juban are never worn under a yukata, therefore you should only see one collar.

4. The sleeves

Kimono can have short to very long sleeves, which may reach the ground. Best known example for these kinds of sleeves are furisode kimono. Yukata never have sleeves longer than 50cm/20in.

Take a look at the following picture with to see a good example of two J-girls (gyaru-style) wearing something that can only be a kimono, because of the sleeves (and for many many other reasons).

furisode gyarus

 

5. The footwear

If you are seeing any socks, then most of the time you are not looking at someone wearing a yukata. Kimono are worn together with white socks, although other colors might be used for style/design reasons. Yukata are worn without socks, although young people sometimes might add socks with funny motives or colors, to break the traditional style and add their own flavor. Another good reason to not wear socks is point 6 in this list.

Geta with white socks

Geta worn with socks typically point to a kimono.

 

Geta without socks

Without socks definitely means yukata. Kimono are never worn without socks, but you may wear socks with a yukata if your feet are always cold. Also note that the geta in this picture are very modern, but definitely no unusual sight these days.

6. The season

Yukata are exclusive for warm weather or for wearing them at home. Hotels and ryokan often hand out yukata for usage inside of the rooms. There also exist yukata which for guests at onsen and public baths. Nobody ever wears a yukata in cold weather.

Kimono on the other hand, are made for every season. There are additional jackets with fur and special undergarments for winter, to keep the wearer warm and cozy.

7. The occasion

Kimono can be used from very formal to casual, while a yukata is never formal. The differences in formality of kimono stem from the material, the style, the patterns, the design and the color application techniques. Each have their own degree of formality and often only one single use.

8. The decoration and patterns

In the past, kimono and yukata could easily be distinguished by the motifs, the decorations and patterns. While kimono had very elaborate and detailed motifs, yukata had large-scale floral and colorful motifs. Kimono had more dark colors sharp contrasts and simple patterns, while yukata sported bright colors.

 

Do you feel like you tell apart kimono from yukata now?

With the 8 points of distinction that we gave you, you can most of the time easily tell if you are looking at a kimono or a yukata.

If you still can’t, I am sure you are going to enjoy this short video from the girls of Kawaii Lesson. They are absolutely awesome at explaining everything Japanese and Japanese vocabulary. A must see!

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Jotaro Saito kimonos at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in Tokyo video special

Geta with white socks

 

Video special about the kimono from Jotaro Saito at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in Tokyo

Our German kimono loves might have already seen it, but the German news site Tagesspiegel.de has uploaded a video about kimono at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in Tokyo. The fashion weeks are held during October this year, showing what’s hot and what’s not for next year.

Who didn’t know anything about the video yet, can find it here: Kimonos für Frauen mit Sexappeal

As the video is lacking subtitles, here you can find a translation of the transcript:

A kimono: Typical japanese. Yet, at the fashion week in Tokyo this is an extraordinary sight.
Quote Rei Hamada, model: “Normally we choose Western clothes, because they fit to us  – according to our taste. But with kimonos, it’s the other way around: First comes the kimono, and we have to adjust so that suit to it. It’s not a piece of clothing that places the individual self in the foreground. “

Model Rei Hamada was discovered at the age of 13 years… Today she is 29 and is working for the designer Jotaro Saito and Sansai, who are known for their kimonos in Japan. For the fashion designer there are few models who can wear kimonos.
Quote Jotaro Saito, fashion designer: “You have to be elegant to wear a kimono, have sex appeal, and the eroticism that is inseparably connected with it. I select only models who can express these feelings. Just as with the way how to walk in them. For this you need experience. And you can not have this experience if your modeling career is just beginning.”

In Tokyo, although it is not unusual to see women in kimono on the road, most of them are older. Inspiring the young women again for the kimono – this is the dream of the designer.

Want to know more about Jotaro Saito and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo?

If you want to know more about the kimono designers Jotaro Saito and Sansai Saito, you can find their official page here: JOTARO SAITO

Depending on your Japanese skills, you might also find the personal blog of Jotaro Saito interesting: Personal Blog of Jotaro Saito

You can follow everything about the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo here:
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Website
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo Twitter
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Facebook Site

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Reopening of Kimonogeisha.com

four geishas

Here we are again, Japan and Kimono lovers, as well as Geishas in spe! We are finally reopening!

Kimonogeisha.com moved to its new webspace and we started the redesign, as well as adding new content, to become your favorite kimono portal in the web. Our goal is to provide you with all the basic information about kimonos, yukatas, geishas and Japan in general. If it’s just the question “What is a kimono?”, up to “What is the difference between a furisode kimono and a uchikake kimono?” – you will find all the answers here!

You will also be able to find the historical background, beginning from the Heian period, through Edo-times up to our modern day. The kimono style has developed through time and we will be your guide through this exciting history.

As kimono aren’t really “easy to put on” clothes, you will find kimono-wearing tutorial pictures and videos. Keep your eyes open for our kimono-related Japanese 101 lessons, or do you know what 着物 and 浴衣 mean? (Hint: Kimono and Yukata!) In the end of the day, we want you to learn something about Japan and it’s rich kimono fashion culture.

After the content is transfered, we will reopen our shop again, to provide you with wonderful handmade kimonos and handmade yukatas.  We already have several tailors waiting to show you their lovely patterns and designs, which range from classic to very modern. As always, our kimonos will be shipped directly from the tailors in Japan, so you get absolutely original and unique kimonos of the highest quality. Watch out for one time offers and unique patterns, which will only be available for one kimono.

Also make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter@kimonogeisha!

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With our contacts to the Japanese kimono-scene, we will supply you with current events and trends, so you stay up-to-date when it comes to kimono fashion.

Stay tuned and keep your obi tight!