Japanese clutch and Gamaguchi bags from Nishijin Okamoto, Kyoto

Nishijin Okamoto’s Kinran (gold brocade) bag       Nishijin-ori is a traditional handicraft product produced in the area of Nishijin, Kyoto Prefecture, which is the representative site for silk fabrics in Japan. Nishijin-ori, which is a high-grade silk fabric, has many types and low volume production. First of all, it inherits the Japanese kimono technique since the Heian period.   Related Post     The beginning of this fabric is the Tumulus period (250-538), and now 12 kinds of varieties are designated as Nishijin Textile by law. It is distinctive that there are various ways of weaving such as lace fabric and double structure. And since the fabric is woven Read more about Japanese clutch and Gamaguchi bags from Nishijin Okamoto, Kyoto[…]

Traditional Samue clothing from Kiryu in Japan

Wasuian’s high-quality Samue and other Japanese wears         Originally Samue is one of the traditional Japanese clothing worn by the Buddhist temple priests when they do daily works.    Related Post   However, because it is superior in functionality, the opportunity for ordinary people to wear Samue has increased recently. As more and more people wear it in the room, demand for the more comfortable products is rising. Wasuian responds to such a request.   Wasuian is a commodity brand of Ida Textile Company which has headquarters in Kiryu City, Gumma Prefecture. Kiryu City is an area flourished by textiles, the history of the fiber industry is old, it dates back Read more about Traditional Samue clothing from Kiryu in Japan[…]

Classic and modern Geta of Mizutori in Japan

Japanese Geta clogs of Mizutori   About 100km from the east of Mt. Fuji, Aoi-ku is a part of Shizuoka City in Shizuoka Prefecture. Aoi is famous for a hot spring and there are many ryokan hotels with onsen. As is near to the Suruga Bay, a lot of tourists who also expects delicious seafood visit the city. But another, Aoi has a local specialty. That is Suruga Geta.   Suruga Geta, made by craftsmen who inherited the technology from the Edo era, developed as a special product of Shizuoka. But due to the Westernization of Japanese living, the demand for traditional footwear, clogs, has drastically decreased. Mizutori Industry has challenged Read more about Classic and modern Geta of Mizutori in Japan[…]

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Types of Obi belt and how to choose

Obi sash, important part of kimono cloth     An obi is an accessory for fixing clothes by winding around the waist from above the kimono. However, the combination with the traditional Japanese clothing is also important, as it is much wider and longer than the belt. The history of the Obi is said to be older than that of kimono, and for samurai, it is a place to put their swords and for women, it was a clothing item to claim personality.     There are various colors and patterns in the obi, and it is a pleasure to choose from them, but first you need to know that there Read more about Types of Obi belt and how to choose[…]

Types of traditional Japanese clothings for male and female

The types of traditional Japanese garment   Most of the modern Japanese people wear Western-style clothes in everyday life. But at traditional events including the weddings and festivals, they put on Japanese style garments in accordance with the situations. I want to introduce the traditional Japanese clothing for woman and man.   If you want to know the history of kimono… Related Post The history of traditional Japanese clothings     Traditional Japanese clothings for woman   Tomesode     Among the traditional Japanese closhing for a married woman, the garment is the highest standards. The kimono dropped the sleeve is called as Tomesode. The cloth which is black on Read more about Types of traditional Japanese clothings for male and female[…]

Exploring Ibusuki traditional culture in Kagoshima, Japan!

Not sand bath and hot spring (onsen) only. Ibusuki where the Satsuma culture is still alive Ibusuki City (指宿市) is the temperate region at the southern tip of Satsuma Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture. The temperature isn’t below 10℃ even in winter.    Before everything, the sand bath of the city is so famous. But that is not all. The city was in the feudal domain of Satsuma (薩摩) until the Edo Period. The domain was really far from Edo (today’s Tokyo), even from Kyoto. However, they traded with foreign countries China and British independently.   The feudal lords and vassals actively had encouraged the local culture and economy. And they played an important role in the Read more about Exploring Ibusuki traditional culture in Kagoshima, Japan![…]

The history of traditional Japanese clothing

The history of kimono, ancient Japanese clothing Most of the today’s Japanese people live in Western style clothing. But traditional Japanese clothing(kimono) is treated as a dress at an important event including a wedding ceremony, and young people who wear yukata in summer increase recently.   The prototype of the current kimono can be found in Heian Period of about 1200 years ago. Then people have used various fabrics, patterns, and colors for the clothing. Kimono used advanced technology and materials became an area of Japanese art.   Let’s go back to the ancient times before the establishment of the kimono and look at the history of Japanese clothing.   Related Post   Jomon Period,Yayoi Read more about The history of traditional Japanese clothing[…]