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Back to School

     When you think of September, what comes to mind? For us, there are a few things: cooling weather, apple picking, and school starting. Thankfully, covid calmed down enough in the US to have in person goodbyes before saying hello to 2021 campus life. This school year, hopefully we can look forward to more school gatherings and colorful performances.       Are you looking for a store to supply your Japan Club's wardrobe, to buy a back to school gift for yourself or a new college student who loves Japan? Look no further! Kimono House has everything from festival wear, like happi , to lounge wear, like our cotton kimono robes. Be it on-campus or off, for an event or just relaxing, one of the most comfortable and easy to wear items is a cotton kimono robe. We have them in different patterns, lengths, and sizes.             Visit our website to see a sampling of our offerings or call for a consultation. Kimono House is conveniently located in SoHo between Houston and Prince Street
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Kimono & Yukata for Father's Day・父の日

Show your appreciation for your father(s) with one of our elegant and comfortable Men's kimonos from Japan! You can surprise a fatherly figure in your life with one of our high-quality modern or vintage kimonos! They're perfect for lounging on a well-earned day of rest from hard work, as well as for making the most of the nice weather approaching this summer.   Kimonos flatter bodies of all types and sizes, and are flexible for use in many occasions. Our selection of kimonos from Japan includes many different colors, styles, and fabrics to compliment the personality(/ies) of the paternal person/people you value! You can see some of our collection on our webstore but the best is to come down to our shop to see and try them for yourself (make sure to bring a mask!). Kimono House is conveniently located in SoHo between Houston and Prince Streets on Thompson. 131 Thompson Street New York, NY 10012 (212) 505-0232

Hina Matsuri

Dolls      In Japan, the first three months of the year go by in a flash because there so many events one after another. So there is a common saying describing the first three months of the year: "Ichigetsu inuru, nigetsu nigeru, sangetsu saru" ( 一月往ぬる二月逃げる三月去る ). It means "January passes by, February runs away, and March leaves". It feels like February did just that, and suddenly March is imminent!      One of the many events is on March 3, Hina Matsuri ひな祭り (Girl's Day/Doll Festival). This day is to celebrate the girls and women in the home by displaying a set of dolls in  Heian dress  (Hina Dolls, hina ningyo 雛人形 ) and special tri-colored diamond-shaped mochi  offerings (hishi mochi 菱餅 ). Last month we wrote on Setsubun and how it is celebrated the day before the first day of spring on the old calendar. The display of the family's Hina Dolls starts on the first day of spring (risshun 立春 ) and  strictly  ends on March 3 - if they are not taken down it is s

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

It seems that winter on the eastern seaboard couldn’t take its leave without having its last hurrah before spring came. Hopefully, the recent snow storm will be the last of this season and we can start looking forward to warmer days. According to the old Japanese calendar, sometime between February 2 to 4 is an important seasonal division, Setsubun (節分) . This year, it happens to fall on the same day as Groundhog Day. While the two holidays both concern spring, one cannot be equated with the other. Meaning ‘seasonal せつ division ぶん’, setsubun technically happens four times a year but it also signified the new year in the lunar calendar. So it has popularly come to only refer to the day before the first day of spring. “鬼は外!福は内!(Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!) ” yells a Shinto shrine’s priest to revelers awaiting snack packs of roasted soybeans to be thrown to them. Elsewhere, a nearby temple waves a fire above visitors to bless visitors their coming year with lucky sparks. At home, families

Coming of Age in Japan

Happy New Year to all! In Japan, one of the few days a full-time worker will get time off is New Years. People who have moved away from home for work take this time to go back to their family homes to spend December 31 to January 4 with their families. This year, because of covid-19, many people were not able to do this out of respect for their families’ well being.  Right on the heels of the New Year's celebrations comes another federal holiday falling on the second Monday of January: Seijin no Hi (成人の日) , or Coming of Age Day.  In the US, when you turn 18, you are a legal adult, but must wait 3 years to legally consume alcohol. In Japan, there is only one age, 20. However, though the federal holiday is January 11, it doesn’t mean that the 20 year olds throughout Japan celebrate the same day. Each area wants the largest number of attendees as possible, so the day can differ depending on the area. For example, Niigata, near the Japan Sea, or Akita, in the north. These regions have
Winter at the Kimono House We hope everyone is staying home and healthy this season!  It's been a long year and and the tradition of winter holidays like many other holidays celebrated with family has been put on hold to keep loved ones safe. The worst thing about staying home for the holiday we, at the Kimono House, feel is the lack of holiday parties!  The opportunity to dress up in something special and be with friends and family is the perfect compliment to the cold weather. Unfortunately getting together isn't possible but getting dressed up still is, even if it's just for mirror selfie.  The chance to get a new kimono, yukata, jacket, and other goodies hasn't passed yet so we recommend getting it while there's still time in store. 

Stay at home kimonos!

Staying home a lot? We are too. We have a great selection of kimonos for the fall season such as bath robes, lounge-wear, silk kimonos, and casual cotton kimonos, great for staying comfortable if you're spending a lot of time at home.        If you would like to try on some of our kimonos, please call the number below to schedule an appointment for try-on's.  Kimono House is located at 131 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 We are conveniently located in SoHo between Houston and Prince Streets. Telephone 212-505-0232