A kimono and business shirt collaborative clothing, “Furusode Y-shirt” is now on sale.
02.September.2017 | FASHION
“Village Vanguard Online” is now selling “Furisode Y-shirt” a collaborative kimono / business shirt piece of clothing.
The product was produced by CAMPFIRE and is an item that can only be bought at Village Vanguard Online which re-creates the illustration depicted by the popular illustrator, Shun Akagi.
The model of this item is Idol College’s Haruna Sato.
〈A comment by Shun Akagi〉
I often depict illustrations that contain the design of ethnic costumes such as Japanese clothes and China dresses.
I depicted this illustration because I wanted to mix the taste of Western style clothes and Japanese style clothes.
These days there are not so many opportunities to wear Japanese clothes. But I hope everybody will enjoy wearing Japanese clothes with a casual feeling in the future.
Enjoy this piece of clothing which is a collaboration between Japanese kimono and a Western-styled shirt.
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
Pour on the soy sauce and a scary Kabuki face will appear?! Order your Village Vanguard soy sauce dishes now!
11.May.2019 | FASHION
Village Vanguard is well known for their collaborations with characters and their animal-themed designs. This time, they’ve made a Kabuki-themed soy sauce dish that you can order online.
Young, old, male or female, Japanese people love their traditional theatre shows called “Kabuki”. One fascinating feature of Kabuki is the impressive makeup of the actors and actresses called “Kumadori
They made animal-themed soy sauce dishes, then character-themed ones, and now finally, we’ve got Kabuki-themed ones! There are many different designs in this new series ー you can enjoy all their different expressions! This is bound to make your dinner table a thousand times more exciting!
There are a total of six designs. Please come and choose from this wonderful selection!
Kabuki-themed soy sauce dish
Purchasable from Village Vanguard’s official website: https://vvstore.jp/feature/detail/11745/?utm_source=press
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.
Cute Neko no Buu-chan Merchandise Arrives at Village Vanguard
30.July.2018 | FASHION
Village Vanguard are now selling cute new merchandise for Neko no Buu-chan, an adorable cat character created by Japanese illustrator Kino Takahashi.
This cute die cut smartphone ring functions as a stand to keep your phone propped up.
The cookie tin is filled with Buu-chan cookies! The designs are just too cute to eat.
There’s even Buu-chan’s first ever line of t-shirts. There’s 3 colours to choose from. A must-have for this summer.
There’s a range of other new Buu-chan items to get your hands on too, like stickers and badges. Litter your room with this cute kitty!
Shogi Rucksack Now Available for Pre-Order at Village Vanguard
22.July.2018 | FASHION
Village Vanguard is now taking pre-orders for their shogi backpacks.
Shogi is often referred to as ‘Japanese chess.’ Japan is currently undergoing a shogi boom. The anime series March Comes in Like a Lion, which finished airing in March this year, follows the story of Rei Kiriyama, a 17-year-old professional shogi player. The two-season series became a hit in Japan and overseas, even getting a live action adaptation.
Sota Fujii is a 15-year-old high school student in Japan who made headlines for becoming the youngest person to achieve professional status as ranked by the Japan Shogi Association. He is currently ranked 7-dan.
Thanks to anime fans and budding young shogi players, the scene is gaining much attention with males and females of all ages. Now they can express their love for the game by wearing this backpack.
The bag comes with a pouch reading Oushou (王将), or ‘King,’ one of the shogi pieces. You can stow away all of your shogi pieces inside for easy access if a new opponent appears.
The bag is also perfect for mirushou, a rapidly growing population of shogi fans who like to watch shogi games but don’t play and don’t necessarily know the rules.
The bag can be used for carrying bigger items too, whether they’re related to shogi or not. They’re great for day-trips, overnight stays or as a souvenir from Japan!
If you’re a fan of shogi or know someone who is, then look no further for a present than this!
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!
If you’re in Japan this summer and can’t bear the heat, then we’ve got a recommendation to cool you off. A fun and innovative ice cube tray made by Kyoto Ohata of Mousou Kousaku―who won the 2nd Zakka Awards―has been released at Village Vanguard.
The ice cube tray make your ice cubes look like human legs. Stick them into your drink and it’ll look like someone’s thighs, legs and feet are poking out. It costs ¥1,296.
The ice cubes are simple to make!
- Prepare the silicon ice cube tray.
- Pour lots of water into the holes at the top.
- Place in the freezer for 5-6 hours.
- Take off the seal and detach.
- Open up the silicon tray to reveal your ice legs.
- Put into your favourite drink!
You can combine the ice cubes with a bunch of different things for summer, not just drinks.
You can watch a funny example video showing how the ice cubes can be used. A male bartender makes a female customer a specially made ‘cursed’ cocktail. Be sure to check it out yourself!
Nothing’s better in summer than a nice cold beverage chilled with some ice. How about shaking things up a bit this summer with this ice cube tray?
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?
These Towels Look Just Like Norimaki Sushi Rolls
geodesign are a design team known for their amusing creations. They have just put out their new Super Norimaki Towel which is a rolled towel that looks just like norimaki. It’s available online at Village Vanguard.
They’re made to look just like the norimaki you’d find at the supermarket from the gold and black colours to the packaging.
There are five types to choose from.
Super Norimaki Towel (Thick Roll)
Super Tamago Maki Towel (Thick Roll)
Super Norimaki Towel (Tuna Sushi Roll)
Super Norimaki Towel (Cucumber Roll)
Super Norimaki Towel (Natto Roll)
Beat the summer heat with one of these fun towels!
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!