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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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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 bepartof@kimonogeisha.com – 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 Kimonogeisha.com 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 Kimonogeisha.com. 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 Takayo.co.uk. 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:

DO YOU WANT TO BE A KIMONO PARTY AGENT?

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.

info@takayo.co.uk

07862 874 583

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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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#成人の日#相生市

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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 japanesestreets.com and TokyoFashio.com. Decora can range from simple and cute to pretty extreme, with almost an overload of accessories.

harajuku decora fashion
Source: TokyoFashion.com

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 TokyoFashion.com. 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 cyberjapan.tv 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.

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Running in kimono for good customer service

wimax-commercial with kimono

Japan is known for great customer service all around the world. But what if your clothing might hinder you in the pursuit of customer happiness?

The company UQ-WIMAX found their own answer to this question. At least according to their cheeky commercial which saw some airtime this year on Japanese TV.

Running in kimono and tabi

Basically what happens is that a customer forgets or loses his portable Wi-Fi device at a restaurant or hotel. This triggers the devotedly customer-oriented waitress in her work kimono to run after the customer. But as you can imagine, running in a kimono, even if it is without cumbersome traditional japanese footwear called geta, probably isn’t very practical. I don’t know what time of the year it was, but running around in tabi (the white sock-shoes) might even be quite cold and uncomfortable.

So to become faster, she gets rid of her kimono along the way. Don’t worry though, she’s not getting rid of all her clothes though, she is still wearing her kimono underwear, called hadajuban and nagajuban. As she hands over the Wi-Fi device, the customers seems quite pleased with her performance and…well…the view that is offered to him.

To understand all this, you have to know that a waitress wearing a work kimono, like a uniform, isn’t something unusual at more sophisticated restaurants and hotels. These might even be really fancy and beautiful unique kimono, depending on the place.

The other thing is that free Wi-Fi in Japan is quite hard to find. That’s why many people carry pocket Wi-Fi devices around with them. With this, you can not only connect your mobile with the internet, but also your laptop, tablet and so on. All with just one data plan.

wimax-commercial 2

Only thing I don’t understand:

Why is he taking a taxi so awfully far away from the location, where he lost or forgot his gadgets?

I am sure the kimono girl is thinking the same thing…

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Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos Calendar 2016

Now, a word of warning. If you are expecting perfect kitsuke, please do not keep reading. You will not find it here. What you will find: Bearded men. Silky kimonos. A calendar. All in one thing combined:
The “Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos Calendar”.

A black bearded man in kimono

It seems so obvious to combine these two things, once you say it out loud. Not really when you see it, but hey, can’t have everything.

Bearded man in silken kimono

The idea to create this amazing calendar came Kate Cooper-Owen when she saw her friend’s boy friend walking into the kitchen with a silky kimono…and a full beard. Now, again, these are not “kimono” in the strictest sense. More like very light yukata, if anything. But who wants to get tangled up in technicalities, when you have bearded men wearing these…gowns.

Bearded man in purple kimono

The photos were shot by the professional photographer Woland, who did an absolutely stunning job, considering the content.

Bearded man in yellow kimono in coffeeshop

And honestly, why should a kimono or yukata only be something for women? Or unbearded people in general? I demand, if beards aren’t exclusive to men anymore, then kimono and yukata shouldn’t be an issue for heavily bearded men! Just look at them, aren’t they glorious?

Bearded man in kimono with radio

It being a pin-up calendar, you can see some bits of cheeky nudity here and there. Nothing too wild, but it definitely reminds the viewer of the calendars of old.

Blue kimono and bearded man

I know what you’re thinking now: “Where can I get this calendar?!?!” – probably among many other questions.

You can only directly get it from the Kalendah Beards in Kimono guys, from their Website BeardsInKimonos.com (of course).

I hope you enjoyed these pics as much as we did and now consider ordering one of these extraordinary calendars.

You can also find them on Facebook: Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos Facebook Page