The Difference between Some Kimono and Ori Kimono

Kimono is divided into two types depending on when the silk yarn of kimono is dyed: Some and Ori. “Some” means dyeing: the yarn is dyed after it is woven into a kimono. “Ori” means weave: the yarn is dyed before it is woven. Each kimono has different characteristics and quality and both are popular.

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The secret of Some kimono : its charm and popularity

“Yuzen” is the typical Some kimono, so let’s talk about it.

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Yuzen has two dyeing styles: “Tegaki Yuzen”, hand painting and “Kata Yuzen, stencil dyeing. “Tegaki Yuzen” is a traditional technique. Its hand-painting skills create quite beautiful and elaborate designs.
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“Tegaki Yuzen” is named differently according to the place in which it was produced: Kyo Yuzen(Kyoto), Kaga Yuzen(Ishikawa) and Tokyo Yuzen(Tokyo). They are the three major Yuzen in Japan. Among these, Kyo Yuzen is considered the most gorgeous and elegant. Kyo Yuzen’s popularity lies in its luxuriouness and fine texture: it is often embroidered with golden yarn and leaf.

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Kaga Yuzen is modest when compared to Kyo Yuzen. It draws on natural objects such as flowers and birds using soft colors. You will be impressed by its elegance and beauty when you see Kaga Yuzen kimono. Tokyo Yuzen is also called Edo Yuzen. It is characterized by its cool and tidy designs. The sense of “wabi and sabi”, Japanese values of culture in the Edo period is reflected in the style.

“Kata Yuzen”(stencil dyeing) is a relatively new technique starting from the early Meiji period. The printing technique has made it possible to make kimono more quickly and inexpensively than Tegaki Yuzen(hand dyeing). However this technique also requires special skills and its completed designs are no less beautiful than Tegaki Yuzen.

Some kimono is characterized mainly by this “Yuzen” style. Its popularity lies in its wide variety of traditional and beautiful designs.

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How about simple design kimonos?


Brilliant kimonos are popular among fans overseas, but there are lots of simple design kimonos. We would like to introduce some one them:)

This seems to be simple design and called “KANOKO pattern” which is one of traditional kimono design patterns.

This kimono has also simple design but you can select HAKKAKE(lining of kimono). Furthermore, you can select the color from Bokashi(gradation) and simple colored HAKKAKE, and simple colored one looks more fashionable. Bokashi hakkake gives an impression of traditional style.

This is a wool red dot patten kimono. The brand, GENJI MONOGATARI is one of famous yukata brands.

The last one is simple pattern with color. Isn’t it cute?
How’s simple ones? Hope you will enjoy!

445 Japanese Traditional Colors


Hi there Kimono fans in the world!

445 Japanese Traditional Colors is now ready
and enjoy finding you favorite tender colors:)
Also you can access from
top menu > About Kimono > Japanese Traditional Colors.

The chart shows color, Japanese kanji character, and Japanese name in Rome character.
Some of those names came from nature and you will find interesting when you learn Japanese as well XD.
Also those colors were born from nature, so look so tender.
Hope you enjoy them!


Saori’s Room : Girly Style of Kimono


Hi there!
This is Saori, Kimono Coordinator.

I would like to share with my girly coordinating:)

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Some parts such as Date-eri are my handmade.

Which do you prefer?:)
Thank you for reading.
See you next post!

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Oct 7-10,2015 Kimono Salone in Nihonbashi

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Kimono Salone, the largest Fashion&Culture event in Japan, will be held druing Oct 7(Wed) to 10(Sat) in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. This events has been held every year since 2012. The event was jammed as a total of roughly 7,000 people visit last year.

Kimono Salone Official Site

The theme of 2015:「きもの、いきもの/きて、みて、あそぶ」
“KIMONO, IKIMONO /Kite, Mite, Asobu  – Kimono to future ”ALL  JAPAN EFFORTS” –

IKIMONO means a live thing, Kite means Visit, Mite means View, and Asobu means Enjoy. Targeting beginners who got interested in kimono or Japanese culture, and students who aspire to be an creator, various programs will be taken place such as kimono exhibitions, cultural workshops, fashion show, concert, and talk show during the events.


Kimono Marchais&Japanese culture workshops
Oct 7(Wed) – 9(Fri) 11:00-20:00
YUITO Nihonbashi Muromachi Nomura Building 5F-6F *Admission free

Kimono show and exhibition

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Oct 8(Thu) – 10(Sat)
Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall COREDO Muromachi1 5F(4F entrance) *Need admission fee

Night Event

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10/8 (Thu)18:00-22:00/Classic Night
10/9 (Fri)18:00-23:00/Club Night
Advance ticket 4,000JPY(Each night)

Day Event Advance ticket 1,000JPY(Valid through Oct 9-10 2 days)

First kimono exhibition,  Sachiko Ito Collection(Stylist of TV program;Yorutamori)
Fashion show/Design contest by students/ Books sales/ Bar counter etc

10/8(Thu) – 10(Sat)
“Kimono 100 Stylism”
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You will see 100 of kimono coordinating by kimono coordinators, stylists etc and popularity vote will be held.
Edozakura dori underground pathway *Admission free

Advance ticket:
Nihonbashi Information Center
Convenience Stores or Online

Access Map


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The efficiency of woman-friendly kimonos

Today, people wear a kimono mainly on formal occasions. They are required to wear them appropriately based on the time of year, place and occasion. Therefore, even most Japanese think it is difficult to know how to wear a kimono appropriately. However, sewing and dressing a kimono are actually very simple because it is originally rooted in common people’s everyday clothes.

A kimono is always made by cutting and sewing the cloth in a straight line. Roughly speaking, the dressing is quite a simple process of uniting front cloths and fastening an obi belt.

Because the temperature and humidity in Japan are so high during the summer and cooler in winter, a shape and way of dressing a kimono has been formed.

Since Japan’s summer is quite hot, the parts called Miyatsuguchi (the slits on the body of kimono under the armpits) are loosened to increase its breath-ability.

By pulling back the collar(“Emon wo nuku” in Japanese), the back of the neck is exposed to wind.

In addition, by making Ohashori longer, the kitake (dress length) is adjusted so it’s shortened to meet the ankles. Therefore the feet are exposed to the wind and feel cooler. Also, one’s stomach does not get cold as an obi is tied around the trunk.


On the other hand, the way to wear a kimono in winter is by not pulling the collar back, making dress length longer, and wearing a Nagajuban (a long undergarment) beneath the kimono to block a cold wind.

Thus, kimono can be said to achieve an efficient function, especially for a woman’s body that generally does not do well in the cold.

In the old days, people unthreaded a garment and put floss silk between threads to make it even warmer. Thus, floss silk has a property of heat-retaining.

Along with changing of seasons in Japan, people also switch their clothing for summer and winter. It is called “Koromogae” where by people arrange their clothing according to the season and weather, air temperature, and their physical conditions. By doing so, health management can be efficient.

As just described, kimono has been preserved and developed by Japanese wisdom of coping with seasonal changes.

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It’s too late to start learning kimono in your thirties


The way of enjoying a kimono life with real pleasure


“Experience kimonos in your late teens.

The best time to start kimono life is in your early twenties
and with a sense of adventure!


In your thirties, step up for the next stage by dressing maturely.”

The average age for women starting kimono life in Japan is in their thirties. But most people find that,  “It was too late !” after starting kimono life.

From the aspect of traditional garment, thirties might be the right time to get interested and start kimono life. Most people in their thirties have the money to spare for kimono, and the capacity to listen deeply to more traditional stories.

Then why do we recommend starting in early twenties? As you may know, kimono fashion styles are varying recently; they are not only like the traditional styles but more of a modern fashionable style. So, you had better try and learn as many kimono styles in your twenties; you take in authentic kimonos in your thirties and are familiar with refined kimonos in your forties.

You may sometimes come across a kimono style and/or colors that may have suited you in your youth, but now have regrets for a late start! Japanese tend to take into consideration one’s age when choosing something, though people overseas don’t care about it. However it is also true that there are colors and patterns suited for young people only.

Color tones are an important point as well.

For a simple example,

Red × yellowish green” are for teens and early twenties.

Dark red ×Dark green” are more for late twenties and thirties.

By changing color tones, we can make different impressions.

Similar color combinations are “safe” but can be boring. Try using complementary colors combinations for a playful touch! In most cases, it is said that color combinations for kimono are totally different from that of daily clothes, and you may find even an unexpected color will suit you.

We would like you to experience such kimono magic once in a lifetime.

Dear ladies in twenties, how about trying kimono as fashion?

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Unexpected reason of “Emon” of Kimono



One of the key points when wearing kimono is to show the neckline by pulling down the back of the kimono. This process is called “Emon wo nuku” in Japanese. If you look at someone wearing kimono from the side or behind, you can see the back of the neck with its collar tugged down. This is “Emon wo nuku”, which shows a more beautiful neckline.

However, making the neckline look pretty isn’t the reason why people started wearing kimono this way. It was to prevent the collar from getting dirty when rubbing on the neck. It also worked well to keep the bun of traditional Japanese hairstyle intact.

These reasons might sound logical but tasteless. This particular kimono style complements the smooth neckline from the bun down and also brings out the beauty of female softness.

You need to adjust how much you can pull down the kimono depending on the situation. It is considered tacky if your neckline is showing too much during formal settings. However, a deep neckline can be acceptable at less formal dinner parties.

Unlike dresses, kimono doesn’t show cleavage. Instead, it shows the back of the neck to accentuate the beauty of the females back line. Kimono might be able to help you find your new self.

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Valued 100 Meisen Kimono special exhibition, “KIMONO MODERNISM”

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“KIMON MODERNISM” special exhibition will be held in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Place: Senoku Hakuko Kan Museum
Address: 1-5‐1 Roppongi, Minato-ward, Tokyo
Period: September 26 (Sat)-December 6(Sun), 2015.
Open:10:00~17:00 *Enter by 16:30.
Closed on Monday.
Admission fee:Adult 800 JPY, Student 500 JPY.
Kimono Discount:Visit wearing a kimono and get 100 JPY discount!
Meisen Kimono
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Meisen is a kimono cloth with a plain weave which is dyed before weaving. It was made in the Showa era from the Taisho era, and was born in the aesthetics transition from Art Nouveau to Art Deco. It features its bright design and use of color.

It was very popular and become a byword for fashionable kimono.
In these days, it is getting hard to find Meisen kimono even at second hand shops, so it is really worth to visit if you are kimono fan!
If you would like to visit there wearing a nice kimono to get “kimono discount” and enjoy dressing up, feel free to contact us for kimono rental arrangement and dressing service from here🙂

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