Saori’s Room : Handmade Haneri


Hi there!
This is Saori.

I’m working on my handmade haneri:)

Traditional kimono style is still very popular among kimono fans but I also love cooordinating with both daily cloth style and kimono like this. We can enjoy kimono more like fashion!

One of my hair styling:)

If you love handmade, why dont’t you try for kimono accessories and share your ideas with us?
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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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Real Kimono to New York Fashion Week!


Hello everyone:)

Most of kimono lovers become aware of this fabulous project, so let us share about this today!

NY Fashion Week Kimono

Save Artisans – Bring Real Kimono to New York Fashion Week

Kimono artisans and art of kimono creation is on the verge of a crisis because of reduction of kimono market, aging of artisans, and lack of their successors in Japan.


This is real serious situation in kimono industry. We believe this big project will become a trigger for people in the world to learn more about Japanese kimono at big stage in New York!!

What you can do?
They started funding at Kickstarter in the world, and you can get priority seats, and your name credit on their reports and even invitation of reception party as rewards!!
Would you like to be one of supporters if you love Kimono?

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New Announcement!





Please be informed that we will renew “i-Wabijin Online Salon” with changes to the site positioning and it’s purpose.

We have previously distributed content that focuses on Japanese kimono, however, we would like to shift our services to propose and support you and our members’ lives with the theme, “international Wabijin” to help enrich your lifestyle. “i-Wabijin (international Wabijin)” represents ladies who have the essence of both Japanese and Western beauties. This can be a lifestyle theme for women from Japan.

There are two main categories for future content. The first category is kimono related experiences and content to feel the Japanese sense and spirit thorough kimono. The second category will focus on women in the world introducing their real life. From global viewpoints, we distribute content containing useful information for women.

In Japan, we are facing globalization and it is important how we design our lifestyles to live physically and mentally richer in the future.

A new women’s lifestyle might be created by the fusion of Japanese style and western style. Also, you will get new values when you know other women’s lifestyles that will be introduced in our online salon. Additionally, we hope that you have a chance to learn more about Japanese culture. You know that women are very powerful, flexible and adaptable. And we believe that women can create positive change in the world and a better future just by changing our minds little by little.

Japanese are good at applying information for practical use. We have mixed Japanese and foreign cultures by adjusting our taste. Now it is time to go to the next stage to create change by considering not only Japanese women but also other women living around the world. It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know more Japanese women’s powerful, real life stories, through this online salon. We are delighted to offer you new exchanging places for sharing information.

We have not changed our concept, “international Wabijin”. We shall continue offering opportunities for you to experience Japanese kimono fashion, and would really like you to try it at least once in your life!

Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoy our future online salon!





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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New Furisode Collection Exihibition


The other day I attended a FURIFU fashion show They showed off some of their new designs.
Furifu is one of the famous kimono brands targeting girls in their 20’s.

The theme of the show was Furisode, the most formal kimono which we seldom have the opportunity to wear usually. However, the colors and patterns were gorgeous; it was a very stimulating and enjoyable event!

It would seem that there were many high school students that came to select a Furisode for their coming-of-age ceremony next year. In fact, some of them were only seventeen and came to select a Furisode for their coming-of-age ceremony the year after next.

If you go to FURIFU’s web site, you will see that there are only  exquisite Kimonos. I couldn’t decide which was my favorite Kimono immediately (laugh).

Actually, I tried on a Furisode and some Komono.
I was very excited.

Actually, I bought one from many Kimonos.

MIKOTO’s Coordinator chose the Kimono that the MC (master of ceremonies) is going to wear to the party in September. You will have to wait until the party to see this beautiful Kimono.

I hope you enjoy my photos from the event.



“Jersey” kimono


Hello everyone!

I visited KENMA, a kimono shop, in Roppongi, Tokyo the other day,and tried a “jersey” kimono. Not a silk, it is made of knitted wool or cotton!!. “JERSEY!!”


I visited the shop half in joke, but I tried one on and found it very comfortable to wear! I wasn’t aware when I first saw them that they were jersey kimonos until someone told me they were made of knitted wool and cotton.

Although it is extremely elastic and looks like casual wear, it can be “dressed up” by accessorizing with a fukuro-obi (a formal obi). I thought the combination looked good in photos. This JERSEY has one seam but  other have two seams which is a trademark of regular jersey wear. Even someone new to wearing Kimonos  can enjoy wearing it with a variety of colorful obi because of its plain texture.

By the way, a jersey Kimonos could pass as formal wear. It could, for example, be acceptable to wear one in a hotel where the dress code bans casual clothing.(laugh!) It was proved that shape is more important than material.

Next let me introduce you to a denim Kimono by Kururi. When we think of  denim, we imagine jeans, but actually this denim material is very thin! It looks like an unlined Tsumugi (pongee) Kimono. I don’t have any photo now, so please check their official website above.


If you have a chance to go to a bar in a kimono, you may be asked something like,

“A kimono? It looks good on you.”

And you might answer,

“Thanks, but it is a jersey!.”


Wouldn’t that be funny?! (Laugh)