Kimono are turning into caps! Check out this traditionalxmodern collaboration!
18.March.2016 | FASHION
A special collaboration project to make kimono into caps began in 2015. It’s been about one year since the start of the project, and now designers W@nderFabric will be stepping in to begin their production on them this year. The caps are made mostly of kimono and their accompanying obi (kimono belt). Many of the caps are made of gorgeous female kimono, woven with silk and complete with a glossy finish, adorning the beauty and feeling of Japanese culture.
These caps reuse traditional Japanese kimono and aim to capture and convey the charm of kimono to Japanese people and foreigners alike. Be sure to check out W@nderFabric’s Instagram and website for details and photos!
Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Releases Upcycled Denim Collection with Levi’s®
26.August.2021 | FASHION
Naomi Osaka is one of the fiercest young athletes in sports today. Now a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, she’s caught the attention of aspiring athletes all over the world with her authenticity and skill. Now, she’s teaming up with Levi’s® to release a new collection, available at select stores in Japan beginning August 24. The pieces will also be sold at the official online store.
Crystal Fringe Short : ¥33,000 (Tax Included)
Lace-Up Short : ¥19,800 (Tax Included)
Trucker Jacket Bustier: ¥24,200 (Tax Included)
Denim Kimono : ¥40,500 (Tax Included)
The collection utilizes vintage or upcycled denim to capture Osaka’s preferred silhouette, with each piece utilizing her unique designs based in femininity and sportiness.
The Denim Kimono is a respectful homage to traditional Japanese culture. “I loved wearing kimono as a child,” Osaka commented. “I thought if I included one made of denim in the collection, it would be super unexpected and surprising.”
This collection also includes two denim shorts: the Lace-Up Short is sportier, and is a clever reimagining of the classic Levi’s® denim shorts. They feature cutouts above the knees, a feminine lace-up back, and were made from upcycled men’s Levi’s® jeans. For those wanting something more girly, the Crystal Fringe Short features a collection of shimmering fringe gracefully dropping down the sides of the cut-off pants.
Rounding out the collection is the Trucker Jacket Bustier, a denim bustier with a lace-up back. This is a remake of the Levi’s® trucker jacket, cut in the traditional corset style with classic lines, flap pockets, and recognizable buttons. “When I was sketching, the idea of the bustier came to me and I absolutely loved it. Now that it’s been made and is actually real, it’s so much cuter than I imagined. I love it even more!” Osaka commented.
This blend of sporty and feminine makes the collection a perfect shoutout to Naomi Osaka’s rich heritage. Most importantly, the collection is made from vintage and upcycled denim, breathing new life into already existing Levi’s® items and reducing impact on the environment. “Sustainability initiatives are important to me. What I love most about the collection is how responsibly the pieces were made,” the tennis star said.
Which of these four pieces would you like to rock this summer?
Levi’s® x Naomi Osaka Collection
Release Date: August 24, 2021
Where to Buy:
Levi’s® Harajuku Store
Levi’s® Osaka Store
Official Levi’s® Online Store: https://www.levi.jp/
Japanese attire brand Relier81 began selling its “OBI Square Sandals” on the official UNITED TOKYO online store on Thursday. The sandals are made using dead stock obi which are the sashes used to tie kimono.
Who are Relier81?
Relier81 is a Kyoto-based upcycling brand which aims to maintain Japanese tradition, culture, and the original craftsmanship of its creations.
In today’s era, there are less opportunities for people to wear kimono in Japan. Beautiful and breathtaking kimono, obi, and other kimono related items are gathering dust in people’s wardrobes. So Relier81 began to think of a way that would enable them to still make use of kimono and kimono accessories that would fit the modern lady. That’s where their upcycling skills come into play.
OBI Square Sandals – ¥29,700 (Before Tax) | Size 1: 23cm-23.5cm, Size 2: 24cm-24.5cm
Relier81 have collaborated with UNITED TOKYO for these new OBI Square Sandals, a brand which prides themselves on products that are “Made in Japan.” The sandals use Relier81’s “OBI Sandals” as the base which have been wrapped in carefully selected dead stock obi by UNITED TOKYO’s designers. There are 12 sandal designs in total with two different kinds of elastic insoles used. The sandals lighten the burden of the feet and are super comfortable to ensure that your feet don’t get tired easily.
The sandals are shipped in a special “kiribako” box with both company’s logos branded on it to keep with the traditional theme.
All of these sandals are manufactured in Japan, but the ageing of artisans and lack of successors is of real concern. UNITED TOKYO’s official online store has posted photos of the manufacturing process of one shoes to show people how it’s done.
Kimono IN LAFORET 2020: Kimono Brands Galore to Gather at Event in Harajuku
Laforet Harajuku has announced that its next “Kimono IN LAFORET” kimono and furisode pop-up shop will run from January 4 to 22 next year.
Iroca Kimono “Leopard Gecko” – ¥63,800 (Tax Included) / Half-Width Obi – ¥26,400 (Tax Included)
Pure Silk Butterfly Black Cloth Furisode – ¥132,000 (Tax Included)
Light Blue Dove Print Polyester Furisode – ¥128,150 (Tax Included)
Eight brands will line the shelves of the annual pop-up shop, with kimono, furisode, accessories and more available for purchase, including new items.
Model and actress Shen Tanaka features as the star of the main visual for Kimono IN LAFORET 2020, mixing colourful kimono with western clothing to create a unique look. Marie Higuchi, who was the stylist for the visual, has also released some dress advice for those who love kimono or those who are beginners and newcomers to the scene.
Mixing kimono with the kind of regular clothing that screams you
Marie Higuchi is a stylist who also writes columns in Nylon Japan and Sozen. Her advice can be used by both beginners and experts alike: by mixing kimono with some of your own clothing, you can simply and easily create a stylish look that’s you. This makes for a perfect outfit for a special occasion.
This outfit combines fishnet tights with sandals that have thick metallic soles to create an edgy kimono style. Using thick sandals makes them really stand out when wearing kimono, so you can easily incorporate them with any kimono you wear.
Obi Clip: conoco
The gorgeous flower head dress brings a strikingly elegant touch to the overall look of this outfit. Whether used with kimono or in your regular day-to-day outfits, it’s sure to bloom beauty with whatever style you go with.
Kimono: MIKI SAKURA
Head Dress: Atelier Senka
One Piece Shirt: Ank Rouge (Laforet Harajuku Floor 4F)
Coloured turtlenecks are in right now for the current season in Japan, and this kimono look incorporates one underneath the kimono. The mix of loose socks and thick-sole sneakers really adds to the flavour of this style, even more so with the addition of personal items like the vinyl record headband and lip clutch bag which make it unique.
Kimono/Obi: Tamao Shigemune
Headband/Clutch Bag: SINZ (Laforet Harajuku Floor B0.5F)
Other: Personal items
If you’re looking for kimono and furisode when visiting Japan in January, be sure to hit up Kimono IN LAFORET at Laforet Harajuku, located in Tokyo’s fashion central: Harajuku.
Experiencing Japan: Dining at Denkiya Hall in Asakusa Wearing a Retro and Antique Kimono
Hi, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! Banako here again from the MOSHI MOSHI Friends group.
I have a question to ask you all. If you’ve been to Japan, did you ever dress up in a kimono or yukata to go sightseeing? It’s become common to see not only Japanese people, but foreign travellers and tourists clad in traditional Japanese ware snapping photos in the country’s historical locations. Dressing up in a kimono and walking the streets really immerses you in that Japanese spirit and transforms your experience entirely.
I visited kesatokyo in Asakusa which rents out kimono that are somewhat different from the norm, got myself a kimono, and took a trip to Denkiya Hall, a long-standing cafe in Asakusa.
Denkiya Hall is located along Senzoku-dori Shopping Street which is a 10-minute walk from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station. The street is quiet and peaceful since it’s away from the hustle and bustle of the station front.
The kimono at kesatokyo are renowned through the town as they give off cute retro-antique vibes with their combination of things like lace necks, head dresses and berets.
You can get some romantic co-ords which you won’t find with other kimono by matching with your friend in terms of design and accessories. I headed into the cafe excited with my kimono choice which matches the old-fashioned design of the cafe exterior.
A standout feature of this cafe is that some of the tables have arcade games attached to them. If there’s a free seat at one of them, pick your favourite-looking, slot in a coin and start playing! Be sure to ask the staff to switch it on for you beforehand.
While gazing through the nostalgic games, I ordered the cafe’s popular omumaki (¥700) and cream soda (¥650) while my friend got hot cakes.
Stuffed and wrapped inside the omelette is a hearty serving of fried noodles. The noodles themselves are on the thicker side and have a rich seasoning like that from the Showa period. You can also pick between different noodles.
The cream soda had deliciously sweet syrup and vanilla ice cream inside it.
Your kimono will match the atmosphere of the cafe really well, so you can take some really great pictures at any time.
Denkiya Hall opened over 100 years ago and incorporates styles from three different historical periods: Meiji, Taisho and Showa, giving it a nostalgic feeling.
Another one of Denkiya Hall’s specialities is their boiled adzuki, the perfect treat to warm yourself up as the weather gets colder.
It was fun strolling around Asakusa after our cafe visit, as well as searching for more modern towns like Ginza and Omotesando.
We returned our kimono to kesatokyo at 18:40, right before the final return time. The basic rental plan for one person is ¥6,050 and it even includes hair styling! You can make reservations either via DMs on the store’s official Instagram or by telephone. You’re certain to get a reply on Instagram so it’s recommended going that route. The shop has more details on their plans on their website.
Wearing a beautiful kimono and warming up inside a cafe during wintertime. How does that sound?
Address: 4-20-3 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Business Hours: 09:00-21:00 (Open Sundays)
Closed: Wednesdays (Except on national holidays in which case closed the following day)
*Business hours and closures subject to change on occasion, please enquire in store
Access: 10-minutes on foot from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station
Address: kesatokyo Floor 2F, 1-24-4, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Business Hours: 9:00-19:00
Access: 2-minutes on foot from the Tsukuba Express side of Asakusa Station
Official Website: http://www.kesatokyo.com/#kesafrendsplan
Official Instagram: https://instagram.com/kesatokyo?igshid=1b4d7iod27lpf
Disney Store Unveils Mickey, Minnie, Ariel & Rapunzel Summer Yukata
05.June.2019 | FASHION
Disney Store Japan has announced that it will begin selling a range of original yukata and miscellaneous items for summer. Sales in-store begin on June 18 with pre-sales hitting the online store a week earlier on June 11.
The line-up sees the return of the Ariel and Rapunzel Disney princess yukata which were a hit in Japan last year as well as the new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse versions. This year’s assortment of accessories and miscellaneous items to co-ordinate with the yukata is also even bigger than last year.
Mickey Mouse/Minnie Mouse
The designs are chic and subtle while still celebrating the characters of the Disney world. The Mickey and Minnie yukata in particular feature retro patterns which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The obi sash that come with the outfits also play into the story of each character.
The other items in the mix include fans, bags, and a range of cute accessories to make your yukata even more glamorous.
It would be super fun to co-ordinate the yukata together with friends. So if you’re heading to Japan this summer then why not pay a visit to the Disney Store and ready yourself for the fireworks and festivals?
Product Page (Japanese): https://store.disney.co.jp/special/yukata.aspx
Official Website (Japanese): https://store.disney.co.jp/
*Select stores not stocking these products. Additionally, the products are not sold at outlet branches.
*Item designs, release date, price and branch list subject to change
Enjoy Kimono at Laforet Harajuku’s ‘Kimono IN LAFORET’ Function
31.December.2018 | FASHION
Laforet Harajuku is set to hold a kimono and furisode event from January 4 to 23 next year. A selection of 11 stores are taking part including 5 that are participating in the event for the first time. Shops include those that sell kimono which can be worn as everyday fashion to those that stock antique kimono and modern recycled kimono.
A multitude of items will be sold. Whether it’s for an official event like graduation or the Coming of Age Ceremony or something that can be born with regular clothing, you’re sure to find it here.
Modern Antenna is a brand based in Arashiyama, Kyoto that sells kimono with polished and sophisticated designs. Their quality is consistent with everything from the designs to the manufacturing. They don’t just cater to the traditional Japanese category―they take into account fashion as a whole when creating their clothing.
Roccoya Winter Shop
Roccoya is popular for its designs that fuse together the modern and traditional. They will appear alongside several guest brands including Haikaru Confeito, Baba Soushoku, hanamame, TSUBAKIAN, and erikaDear. The line-up will include a range of new furisode as well as casual kimono that can be washed at home, various pieces that can be used at ceremonies and for everyday use such as the haneri neck piece, obi sash, shawls, and obidome. They will also sell small accessories like headdresses and hairpins.
MIKI SAKURA & Sakura Maison
MIKI SAKURA’s concept for its items is “dignified women wrapped in beautiful fragrances.” Sakura Maison creates original “Japanese kawaii” kimono and accessories. These two brands will come together to open a special pop-up shop where popular artists will come together.
yuminique’s brand concept is to create something just for the customer that raises their mood simply by wearing it. They sell accessories like headdresses. They picture a jewellery box under a young girl’s bed when handcrafting each and every one of their products which are made from fantastic materials.
Masaboshi offers news ideas with its diverse range of kimono―from antique to contemporary―that create timeless looks. They will exhibit a wardrobe of cute furisode and pop vintage kimono personally selected by them as well as a line of cool and elegant kimono that grown-ups can enjoy too.
Modern Kimono Umeya feat. Tamao Shigemune
Modern Kimono Umeya and Tamao Shigemune are coming together to showcase new and original items as well as exclusive products you can only purchase at this event.
Modern Kimono Umeya is a select shop selling kimono and accessories for people to enjoy wearing kimono freely and as they like in the best possible way to bring out themselves. Their products take inspiration from regular clothing. Tamao Shigemune is a kimono maker that creates kimono, yukata, obi sashes and accessories completely produced by her from the designing to the planning and styling. She produces things she wants herself that no one else offers.
Discover Harajuku-style kimono at Kimono IN LAFORET in the new year!
Kimono IN LAFORET
Location: Laforet Harajuku
Running: January 4, 2019 – January 23, 2019
Official Website: https://www.laforet.ne.jp/
Dress in a kimono and discover the secret locations of Gojo on a walking tour in Kyoto
13.October.2018 | SPOT
There is a walking tour of Gojo in Kyoto you can take to see little-know historical and famous spots around the area. The tour is led by staff who have acquired the top level in the Kyoto Kentei Test, a “sightseeing and culture test” to gauge “applicants’ knowledge of Kyoto’s history and culture.” Staff give a truly in-depth tour taking you to places not shown in guidebooks and places even the people of Kyoto are unaware of.
The tour was conceived by Akane Kifune who works at Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata. Gojo is a place that despite being located in the heart of Kyoto, once you take one step into it you are brought to a retro town filled with lush greenery that even the locals don’t know about.
The theme of the tour is “Look/Taste/Take Photos.” You are taken to photo spots perfect for kimono as recommended by Yumeyakata’s pro cameraman. Participants will also receive exclusive items from cafes and shops in the Gojo area not available to anyone else!
The tour begins on October 20. Rent out a kimono and tour the hidden shops and cafes of Gojo.
Kimono Off the Beaten Path Gojo Walking Tour
Meeting Place: Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata – Gojo
Time: 9:00am Arrival – 10:30am Departure / 1:00pm Arrival – 2:30pm Depature
Participation Fee: ¥1,800 (Pre-Tax)
*Or ¥1,500 to participate for those who rent their kimono at Yumeyakata. A separate fee is charged however for kimono rentals starting at ¥2,800.
No. of People: 2-10
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata
Address: 128, Manjujicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 〒600-8104
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Gojo Station via the Karasuma Line.
How to Style Your Hair & Make-Up for Wearing Yukata
29.June.2018 | FASHION
The summer season is almost here, which in Japan means summer festivals and fireworks. Wearing yukata is tradition during summer here and really gives you that summertime vibe.
But to enjoy yukata fashion even more, you’ve got to get the hair and make-up right too. Here’s some tips!
How To Style Hair & Make-Up for Yukata: 2018 Edition
Showing us the tricks of the trade is top hair and make-up artist Yumiko Kamada of cosmetics company Shiseido who has incorporated 2018 trends and made it so that anybody can challenge themselves to it.
1. Start off by curling your hair. Depending on how you like it done, it’s good to slightly curl the tips with the curling iron too.
2. Tie your hair from behind your ears to the top of your head to separate the front and back like in picture ②.
3a. Tie each part of the hair you separated close to the top of your head.
3b. For the front, divide the inner part of your hair from the knot into two, and pass the tips of your hair through. Add some nuance to the side with a Gibson tuck.
4. Twist the front and back bundles and bring together.
5. To give the top balance, fix tightly with a hairpin. Add nuance by styling your hair around your face and finish with hairspray. Leave a refreshing impression with checkered hair decorations and transparent glass hairpins.
1. For the base make-up, lightly apply liquid foundation to your skin.
2. Lightly fix with face powder and use highlighter to give your skin shine and luster.
3. Powder your eyebrows to a natural thickness and make soft.
4. Add coral cream eye colour to the outer part of the double eyelid. Apply lavender cream eye colour to the entire bottom eyelid. For single eyelids, close your eye and add the eye colour to the eyelid.
5. Carefully add mascara starting from your lash roots to brighten your eyes.
7. Add pink cream blusher to the upper parts of your cheeks. This brings out the depth of your face and makes your side profile look beautiful.
7. Use a glossy pink lipstick to give a bright look. Lightly shade off the outline to give a lighter look.
Recommended Make-Up Items: PLAYLIST Multi Painter (With New Colours)
These multi coloured creams come in paint tubes and can be used just about anywhere from your eyelids to eyebrows, cheeks, lips and so on. There are 14 colours in total (13 coloured and 1 clear). There’s the lavender and coral which was used in this tutorial as well as two new summer colours. Pick them up and get on Japan’s 2018 summer trends!
Dress up in a colourful and beautiful yukata and have yourself an unforgettable summer!
Mika Ninagawa’s 2nd Furisode Collection Inspired by Japan’s 4 Seasons Now on Sale
31.May.2018 | FASHION
Furisode brand Ichikura is now taking orders at all its stores together with select La Bliss stores of Mika Ninagawa‘s second collection of Ichikura furiosde.
A photographer and movie director, Mika Ninagawa was responsible for the direction of the collection, adding seven new strikingly colourful furisode to the arsenal modelled by actress Aoi Morikawa.
M / mika ninagawa is a brand directed by Mika Ninagawa herself which first collaborated with Ichikura in 2017 to release a furisode collection. Sakura Miyawaki of the popular idol groups AKB48 and HKT48 was the first to model for the colourful collection series which drew huge attention.
Orders for the second M / mika ninagawa furisode collection opened on April 28 at 24 Ichikura stores and 3 La Bliss stores.
This collection includes seven never-before-seen designs, embodying the grace of Japan’s four seasons with vibrant colours like pink and crimson.
Full details were posted on the Ichikura website on May 21, so be sure to check them out.
Furisode are traditionally worn in Japan on Coming of Age Day which celebrates those turning twenty years old. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony, so why not challenge yourself to wearing one yourself?
Senso Inc, a kimono manufacturer soon to celebrate 140 years since its establishment, will launch an app called WA TAILOR on June 1, 2018 that enables you to custom make your very own kimono. These days people are detaching themselves from kimono, and so this app offers the opportunity to interact and play around with kimono in the hopes of getting them interested.
The service lets you pick your own measurements and 10 varieties of cloth. Next, you pick the dye (28 colours), nagajuban (10 colours), obi (10 types), obishime (24 colours), and obiage (24 colours). The model displays your choices in real time making it easy to mix and match as you make your selections.
You can order your design online, as well as a sample cloth posted to you for free if you want it. After making your purchase, a dyed cloth sample will also be delivered to your for confirmation.
The dyed sample will be delivered in approximately 10 days upon ordering, and the finished product will be delivered in up to 2 months.
Those who have never worn a kimono before enjoy using this opportunity to challenge themselves to creating their own.
Yukata Fukubukuro Lucky Bags Released by Kyoto Kimono Brand KIMONOMACHI
20.May.2018 | FASHION
KIMONOMACHI is a brand hailing from Kyoto that makes traditional Japanese clothes.
The company pre-released their newest yukata fukubukuro, or ‘lucky bags,’ on May 16. The bags were officially unveiled on May 17 and will be available for seven days.
There are several lucky bags to choose from, including one containing a single yukata, a 2-set which includes a yukata and obi, and 4, 5 and 6-sets which include that plus accessories. Part of the reason for the popularity of these bags is that you can pick from four sizes: Small (S), Free, (F), Tall (TL), and 2L.
KIMONOMACHI operate online via their online shop, and for this event are selling their wares at malls. Their first exhibition not only allows people to see the yukata with their own eyes which are usually bought online, but they can even try the kimono on over their clothes. Find your favourite yukata too!
While the event is taking place, you can get your hands on coupons and pamphlets on how to coordinate your yukata. If you’re interested then be sure to go and grab a lucky bag for yourself!
New Fashionable & Game Changing Happi Coat “HAPPYCOAT” to be Sold at Isetan Shinjuku
29.March.2018 | FASHION
Costume designer Junko Koshino and design order happi coat brand Happi.Tokyo have developed a new style of Japanese happi coat which, when worn, expresses Japan and hospitality. The coats are available at Isetan Shinjuku, the Isetan online sotre, and Online Happi.Tokyo.
Happi coats are generally worn during festivals and events in Japan. But because of the recent boom in traditional Japan and the increase in foreign visitors to the country, they are being worn in many more instances such as for sales promotion and as uniforms. In response, Junko Koshino, who has developed international cultural exchange in the world through fashion, and Happi.Tokyo, who promote happi coats in a multitude of ways, have used their knowledge to co-develop the new HAPPYCOAT.
The HAPPYCOAT can be easily put on and possesses functionality – it can be worn for businesses promotion, as a uniform, at events, in support of something, and so on. It can also be used as a fashion item in the yukata scene or on the street.
The design of the HAPPYCOAT uses Japanese motifs together with unconventional colour combinations and patterns to create a coat that is a happi – but also isn’t. It also makes full use of the sleeves of a happi which create a genderless and sizeless design. To those overseas, it can enjoyed as traditional Japanese fashion.
The sewing and printing was crafted by experts in their fields who have years of experience with the special characteristics of materials. You can feel the refinement and consideration put into this happi.
Why not try a new style of Japanese with the HAPPYCOAT?