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Ochicochiya- 彼方此方屋 -
The staff may not be the best English speakers, but they will do their best to explain the kimono. Check out their official YouTube channel for ways to wear and enjoy a kimono. Ochicochiya on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYyyhg0oOCMQwsHVUaA2Qn0e1qsE_cDWh
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Kimono for Beginners – Easy to Wear, Washable at Home
Ochicochiya is a Kimono shop that takes pride in its home-washable cotton kimono. Wanting the people of Kyoto to wear kimono on a daily basis, the shop specializes in casual kimono that can be worn regularly as if they were jeans. You can find their kimono on the first and second floors. Remember to take your shoes off at the entrance! Brand-new kimonos and items on sale are displayed on the first floor, while antiques are found on the second floor. Most kimono on the first floor are also actually one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by skilled craftsmen to a quality equivalent to top-class kimono. Meanwhile, the antique kimono await you on the second floor, typically very clean with little to no damage; this section is perfect for those searching for more traditional designs than the modern designs found downstairs. Both men and women will find plenty to choose from, the kimono start at a mere￥1,000-. Come find the kimono that matches your style and budget in the treasure trove that is Ochicochiya!
Cotton Kimono / ￥20,000-￥30,000
Original, machine-washable kimono. Dyed with tea, persimmon tannin, or herbs, the kimono have a natural scent when worn. The simple colors are very Japanese, and feature fine hand-stitched embroidery. If you like simple clothes, this kimono is for you.
Antique haori for men / ￥6,000-￥8,000
An Antique haori for men. Haori is a coat to be worn on top of Japanese clothes. Men’s haori are known for their intricate lining – even if the outside looks simple, be sure to check the inside! Fashionable if worn as an overcoat. Female haori tend to be in vivid, bright colors.
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On Sale / ￥300-
Recycled kimono. Not in pristine condition, but still wearable, these items can be found by the cashier on the first floor. Although recycled, their high-quality keeps them classy. Don’t miss this chance to get a real, traditional kimono at a very low price!
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Children’s Kimono / Various
Children’s kimono, for kids aged 5 to 10 years old. Machine-washable. The floral, dyed designs are luxurious and classy – but also to be found are stripe patterns and other traditional Japanese patterns. Wouldn’t it be cool for the whole family to go out in real kimono?
How to buy
Other than checking the patterns and colors, make sure to try the kimono on for size. Feel free to try out any kimono, men’s or women’s!
- Shopping Tips -
There are some Kimono patterns for casual, formal and more. So if you are interested in wearing your kimono authentically, ask the staff what situations or seasons a kimono should be worn in.