Cooking in a Kimono?! Let’s Enjoy Second-hand Kimonos!

“You shouldn’t give up a piece of cloth, if you can wrap three red beans with it”. In old days, Japanese people were taught this saying. Unlike western clothes, Kimonos are made flat-patterned from a single bolt of fabric and, “There is no place to throw away the kimono.” If our body shape changes, we can take the Kimonos apart and retailor it to fit. When our kimonos get old, we can remake them into smaller articles of clothing. Then finally, the Kimono, being made from natural materials, will decompose and return to nature.“A complete recycling of the resource is achieved with the Kimono”, said Ms. Tanaka, the owner of a second-hand Kimono shop.She opened her shop sixteen years ago with her wish that more people would enjoy Kimonos not only for special occasions, but also in their daily lives.

She hopes to see more people cooking dinner or cleaning rooms wearing Kimonos as their everyday clothes. “Each used Kimono has the story or memory, sometimes I feel a lump in my throat when I hear that.” Ms. Tanaka said. She feels rewarded when she gives new life to a used Kimono which had been treasured as a moment and it passes to the next owner. Recently, many Kimonos go overseas with their new foreign owners.Foreign customers buy Kimonos as collectables, for interior decorations, or to wear them with jeans. They enjoy the Kimono’s flexibly.

Moreover, “Male customers are increasing today.” Ms. Tanaka said.
During the interview, two young men, a Japanese and a foreigner, came into the shop. They were looking for a Kimono as a souvenir. Dennis, from Germany, tried on a greenish-brown summer Kimono to check the texture. After he nodded a little, he bought it. He looked very happy.

The main items for sale are second-hand kimonos from the 1970’s, but some of them are vintage from the 1930’s.The price ranges depending upon materials and piece, from 1000yen for wool, from 4000yen for silk, from2000yen for sash, from 1000yen for a haori (a kimono jacket popular with foreigners). You can buy all the set of a Kimono, including small items such as a sash band, in the 10000yen range.Ms. Tanaka’s recommendation is a wool Kimono. It’s warm, easy to care of and you can wear it casually for coming season.

The shop name “ochicochi” is an old Japanese word meaning, “Here and there”. “I hope my shop will tie places together and link the present with the future, as well.” Ms. Tanaka said with her gentle eyes.

Address: 京都市下京区仏光寺通柳馬場東入
Yanaginobanba, Bukkouji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: A few minutes’ walk from Shijyo-takakura bus stop or Karasuma station on Hankyu line underpass Exit 12
Open: 11:00 am-6:00pm
Closed: Mon.,2nd Tue.


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