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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Japan’s No.1 Festival!! Asakusa Sanja Matsuri (Festival)!


Hello!! Summer 2014 is just around the corner!!

I took my son to Asakusa sanja matsuri last weekend in Asakusa, Tokyo. Do you know the hottest festival?



Carrying  an “Omikoshi” (almost 100 portable shrines were around there!!)  with team members is the biggest event and this photo below is a kid’s size shrine.


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asakusa sanja matsuri

My boy loves dancing 🙂


asakusa sanja matsuri



Surprisingly, he could join the event!! Basically people who lives there can join, but my friend’s step mother invited him and lend him a happi (a traditional costume for festival). A red ribbon is the sign on the shoulder to get some snacks XD!






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many of little kids played Japanese drums.  They were all good players really!!


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This one was carried by all adults, and seemed so heavey!





Oh! Don’t forget to eat street foods! This is one of pleasures at a festival.









I got a baked fish (Ayu in Japanese, a sweetfish)! yum yum…


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I happened to find a lady in beautiful kimono 🙂



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“SHISHIMAI”. (lion dance)


asakusa sanja matsuri



Here is Sensoji. Tons of people come to pray.


Sensoji Temple


Here is inside of the temple.



I had really good day and for my son as well! We both love OMATSURI!! I really recommend you to visit this festival if you really feel Japanese traditional event and hottest people!!






London Bus Crusing Yukata Dress up Party!



Hello everyone!


For this year’s dress up party, we will charter a London bus and trip around Tokyo!
Main event will be photo shooting to create a petit work by all attendants:)

The party will be on September 4 (Wed) and 14 (Sat) at 19:00 in Tokyo!!


Don’t miss our party:D

We are looking forward to meeting you all!






Kimono events report


Hello Everyone!

A few weeks have passed, but I have been to kimono events with our staff.


At first, we went to an event which was sponsored by TANSU-YA. There was a space called ‘Creator’s Mall’ that some kimono designers displayed their works in. We met Rocco in the space and although we have known each other for several years over the internet it was the first time to meet her face to face.


Roccoya makes and sells kimonos and obi made of cloths collected from all over the world. The unique and fabulous designs – which aren’t typically seen in Japan, are a specialty of Roccoya’s.




Next, we saw an obi at ‘Kyoto Studio booth’, which was made with a three-dimensional technique.  This design made strong impression on me.


The three-dimensional obi made by Nishijin-ori. Nishijin-ori is a texture weaving produced in the Nishijin district of Kyoto. The obi with a Marilyn Monroe illustration is very popular – according to craft man. But, we saw another one, tigers’ design! Illustrations on the obi change when viewed from different angles.

See the photo from here



Rough translation into English of the linked article for your clear understand.


“Hikihaku” is a traditional Japanese technique and Nishijin-ori textile manufacturer produced an obi which we see in the photo. There are three different types of three-dimensional images which change when viewed at a different angle. Takayama craft center (Kita-ku, Kyoto) designed the three-dimensional obi. Three-dimensional images are on the back of taiko musubi. Hikihaku is a technique, which uses finely-cut and stretched gold foils or silver foils on Japanese papers or thin silk and weaves the weft into fabric.

The obi, as we see three kinds of three-dimensional images, cut three-dimensional thin plastic boards and signboards or posters into 0.1mm wide. Weaving the obi, we carefully weave the weft into fabric which isn’t off illustrations.

Takayama craft center created three pieces of work this time. They are tigers, the American actress Marilyn Monroe with a skyscraper (we can enjoy three kinds of her facial expressions) and dogs and cats. They are now working on creating a “Horses and Pegasus” design obi. There are a few craftspeople who can cut Hikihaku, and weavers are aging.



We could also hear interesting stories, for example, an obi made by Mino-washi which is a type of Japanese paper created in Gifu Prefecture Japan, is amongst one of the strongest papers in the world. We saw an original letter written on the washi paper that was several hundred years old and it still looked like new!

It is a great opportunity to participate in these kinds of kimono events as we have the chance to learn more about kimono techniques and hear interesting stories from the kimono craft people directly.



Next shop we visited was Kenma in Roppongi, Tokyo.


The event was collaborated by Jotaro Saito (Designer) and Yoshiha Yohey (Kyoto Kamashi). Kamashi is a craftsman to found an iron tea ceremony pot. Jotaro Saito was there on the day and he offered us kimono coordinating and dressing.

What we found was that Jotaros’ sense and combination of color was unique and might be from a male perspective because it was a dynamic combination! All his Kimono designs are original and neat, so if you love distinct design kimonos, I’m sure you will love his works!


Below is an Iromuji that our staff tried on. An Iromuji is a plain kimono without any black color.


So, it doesn’t look like an Iromuji, but it is! I recommend these for someone who is looking for unconventional designed kimonos.

We are big fans of his kimono! What do you think?


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Yukata Party 2012 Report3

Yukata Party 2012 Report1
Yukata Party 2012 Report2

Hello everyone:)


Continued from previous report, it is time to take a picture.

The party is in its final stages now. It’s picture taking time!
Enjoy the experience of their gorgeous Yukata styles.



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Miss M wore a bright-blue Yukata and her smile was very charming.



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Wearing an elegant Yukata Miss O changes her facial impression beautifully by putting on an obi very intelligently.



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Miss M creates an attractive atmosphere by wearing her Yukata.



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They actually met for the first time at this party and took  a friendly picture together.


Left) By wearing a classical style Yukata, Miss T shows her good taste of summer obi.

Right) Miss N is gorgeous in this Bingata Yukata.



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Wearing Shibori Yukata Miss K, portrays a unique style.

She is a very attractive woman who perfectly represents the words “Traditional Japanese beauty”.



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Red color is portrayed in her Yukata.
Miss Yuka has an aura of that somehow shows a feeling of nostalgia.
She is an opera singer with an exquisite voice.



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Miss A has calm personality and is  wearing a Sibori Yukata.


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One more nice shot of her, Her hair style is very attractive, isn’t it?



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Miss O wears a Sibori Yukata.
Since she used to be a flight attendant, she is calm and her  behavior is like that of a lady we admire.



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Here are three beautiful ladies!
Miss T, Miss M, Miss H.
They all have a different presence to them and each Yukata they wear is very beautiful. Take notice of their unique Geta!



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Miss I participated at a Yukata party last year.
Her Yukata style was completely different from the previous time she wore one.


yukata obi musubi

She is a calm lady, and her obi has a pretty design on it.
The combination of the outfit was very charming.



yukata party everyone

Here’s everyone:D


How did you feel?
Space is limited so we cannot show every nice photo we took.

Thank you for coming to our Yukata party.
We are looking forward to seeing you at any of our future events!

The staff of MIKOTO



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Yukata Party 2012 Report 2


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Hello everyone!!

Continued from the previous report, it is Belgium quiz time!


yukata party quiz

yukata party quiz

My hair style is like chimney! (Laugh)



Let’s take a look at what kind of quizzes we had.


(1) Which country did Belgium became independent from in the 19th Century?
(2) GODIVA is famous for its chocolate. Where is its birth place?
(3) How do you say “Japan” in Dutch?
(4) What do you call beer made in Trappist monasteries?
(5) “The Geographer” was painted by Vermeer. What kind of clothing is the man wearing?


The answer to the last question is Kimono.



Now, International Vermeer and Vermeer-Related Events were held in Tokyo at the Metropolitan Art Museum.
In addition, Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in the 19th Century. It is said that the Japanese Kimono was popular in the Netherlands and Europe around the 14th Century and many artists completed paintings of persons dressed in Kimonos.


I thought Belgium is a long way away from Japan, unexpectedly enough, Belgium and Japan have “a Japanese Kimono bond.”



Answer check….! Who answered all quizzes perfect?!

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yukata party quize present

What presents did they get?

In addition, each party participant receives
a special coupon in a gift bag which is given to them at the end of the party.

We listened to a brief lecture and learned that Belgium beer is very profound!



These glasses…. and

belgian beer

This one. Do you see the differences of its shapes?

belgian beer


It is said that there are many types of glassware for beer in Belgium. For example there are tulip types, sacred cup types, wide at the bottom types, a woman’s body type and so on…


We have to select the glass with beer brand.
Belgium beer is sold with a particular type of glass and to drink it in any other kind of glass is   incorrect.



glasses belgian beer

How many gorgeous glasses sit on the kitchen counter!



There are more than 800 beer brands, and there are beer kinds such as wine beer.


If you have the opportunity, why don’t you try and enjoy drinking Belgium beer?



Continues to Part3…

Yukata Party 2012 Report 1


Hello everyone!!


We had the yukata party on Augst 11 this summer in Ginza, Tokyo.
Let’s take a look at the partyキャハハビール



Ladies enjoy talking each other with Belgian beers and foods.
The theme of the party is “Belgium” so the party was held at the Belgian cafe.


Talking of Belgian foods, you may remember waffles, chocolates, and

Belgian cafe


Here’s olive.

Belgian cafe


And you see french fries:D

Belgian cafe

By the way, do you know that french fries are Belgian in origin?
Then why it is called “French” fry?


Belgian people speak both French and Dutch.
So it is said that the person who met a Belgian who ate french fries and spoke French was a French.



Her smile are really cute!
She drinks her beer with keen relish!!

She is in Bingata yukata.

Bingata is a famous Okinawa-native dyeing technique with
bright vivid colors, using stencils.


Continues to Part2…