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kimono shopping in kyoto(or anywhere else)?

kimono shopping in kyoto(or anywhere else)?

Jun 20th, 2003, 08:47 AM
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kimono shopping in kyoto(or anywhere else)?

I have a beautiful kimono that my grandfather brought to me years ago. I'd like to add to my collection. We're visiting Japan for 10 days in Sept (tokyo, hakone, takayama, kyoto, nara and osaka). Where can I go to find a wide variety? Is Kyoto THE place? Where in Kyoto, if so?

I'm just learning about all the differences in kimono/yukata and types of fabric...any suggestions on what to look for would be helpful as well. Or any books that I could read that would improve my knowledge too! Thanks!
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Jun 20th, 2003, 09:29 AM
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I'd strongly recommend Diane Durston's excellent book, "Old Kyoto, A Guide to traditional Shops and Inns" -- it's got great information on shopping neighborhoods and specific shops.
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Jun 20th, 2003, 11:16 PM
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Bonjour HunyBadger,

One of the first address in Kyoto is the Nishijin Textile center( http://www.nishijin.or.jp/ ) located in the center of an area devoted to weaving. It has exhibitions, kimono shows, shops.

You will find other addresses in the Kyoto Visitor Guide (get a free copy at the TIC or your hotel) http://www.kyotoguide.com/index/index.html

The monthly flea markets (listed in the KVG) and antique shows are also a great source of second-hand kimono at a good price. I second Rizzuto's opinion on Durston's book. Look also for books on kimono edited by Kodansha International (they have a website).
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Jun 21st, 2003, 01:00 AM
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Definitely check for the schedule of flea markets. The price of new kimono will shock you, while you can get beautiful, barely worn kimono and obi starting at 1,000 yen at the flea markets. Until recently, japanese did not buy used kimono.
Three tips:
1)check for stains, tears, worn hems or bug marks.
2)Buy what appeals to you. Kimono fabric is like art...there is no right or wrong. You'll find all different weights, colors, patterns, and styles. If you're going to display them on a wall, don't forget that childrens' sizes are nice. The cheap ones make wonderful souvenirs- Your friends will love them much more than a 1,000 yen worth of cookies or candy! 3)Take a cart or backback to the market with you. If you're like me, you'll find tons of stuff you want, and fabric is very heavy!You can also pick up accessories such as cords, hair ornaments, combs, and mirrors that look brand new.
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Jun 21st, 2003, 06:07 AM
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A good cheap place to obtain a Kimono in Tokyo, is in Omontesendo. Walk down the street (if taking a train, get out at Harajuku) walk toward the Tokyo Union Church. You will see an intersection with Johny Rockets on one side of the street before you get there look for a store called CHICAGO. Go downstairs and there you will find many used Kimonoes for sale. Many are in excellent condition and are at very good prices. Many of my friends have bought their kimonoes here and have them hanging in wonderful displays in their homes.
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Jun 23rd, 2003, 07:40 PM
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We found alot of kimonos for sale in shops in the Asakusa area of Tokyo. Also, a great place to stay for a slice of traditional Japan. We very much liked the Ryokan Shigetsu there.

Also, commenting on the above mention of the Omotosando-dori. This is a lovely strollig and shopping area. Great restaurants too. We were there on a Sunday, after visiting the Meji Shrine nearby (and witnessing two traditional Japanese wedding parties) - really enjoyed the area.
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Jun 24th, 2003, 09:52 AM
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Is there such thing as kimono repair and cleaning? For instance, if I find a very small tear that I think is not very noticable and could be repaired, where should I go to get it fixed?
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Jun 24th, 2003, 04:55 PM
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Walking up to the Ginkaku-ji in Kyoto, you come to a foot-bridge. Go right and then cross the creek. Not far down there was a shop selling used kimono, obi, and fabric.

I'd probably figure on getting my damaged kimono (if a miracle happened and I actually owned one) fixed at home. If I were you, I'd take one of your kimonos to a tailor and ask how capable they would be in fixing it or if they could give you advice (reweaving or whatever). My WAG is that much would depend on the type of fabric.
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Jun 26th, 2003, 04:24 AM
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You can also find used kimonos in Tokyo in Harajuku near the shrine and at the Oriental Bazaar (they sell all kinds of antiques in that store). Check their condition carefully if you do buy used. They had beautiful wedding kimonos the last time I was there for about $200.
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