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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.807

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Naginata Boko

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Hello, ICHIROYA news letter readers, How are you doing?
This time Mitsue is writing. The rainy season was over and we are suffering from the summer heat now.  It is extremely hot and humid in August. The sound of cicadas singing makes us feel much hotter. Schools are in summer vacation now, so students enjoy planning some exciting events.
Well, we have many festivals throughout the country in summer.  The Gion Festival in Kyoto is one of Japan's THREE major festivals. It lasts for the entire month of July and various different events are held. For example, prayers to the shrine, assembling Yamahoko, dedicatory of traditional arts, Yamahoko parade and more. Yama (festival cars, float) Hoko (long-handled spears) parade is the most famous and have visitors the most. Yamahoko is decorated by each towns of Kyoto. They are decked with local arts and crafts, so that's why they are called walking museums. The festival was named from the Gion district of the city.
The origin of Gion Festival is in 863 AD, the Imperial Court held a religious service to stamp out epidemic diseases and to let calm departed souls. Natural disasters also occurred such as earthquake and Mt. Fuji Eruption which cause damages to the land and epidemic diseases. So a religious service started letting the evil spirit transferred to 66 Hoko (number of prefecture at that time) to save the country. It became called Gion Festival and began to hold annually since 970 AD. With a history of more than one thousand years, the Gion Festival and Yamahoko are recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.
Kyoto's downtown area is full of people to see the massive parade during the festival. The streets are lined with food stands of such as Yakitori (barbecued chicken on skewers), Taiyaki (fish-shaped pancake filled with sweet beans), Takoyaki (dumpling with octopus), Kakigori (shaved ice with sweet syrup) and other popular food. Various kind of Chimaki (a rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves) shaped charm are also sold. Women and men dressed in Yukata walk around the area, carrying with paper fans. A member of my orchestra living in Kyoto showed me some pictures of Gion Festival. You might see many pictures on internet, but the ones taken by ordinary women living in Kyoto will show you resident's view.

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ICHIROYA has some items with Gion Festival design.
Kurotomesode
Tsukesage
Fukuro obi 
 
Thank you for reading till the end. Next news letter will be sent on August 18. Till then, Good bye! Please have a wonderful weekend! 
 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.806


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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,
 
 
 
Hello, How are you doing?
Megumi is writing.
It is getting hotter day by day, and the full-blown summer has come.
Recently, some flowers are blooming in my garden.
I use them for Kado(flower arrangement) every week.
I learned Kado just a little bit when I was a child. Although, I do not have much knowledge about it now, I do this for healing myself.

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And it is the season of summer festival in Japan.
Those pictures show "Motomiya Sai" of Fushimi Inari shrine, and Furin festival of Shojuin temple in Kyoto. The heart shape window at Shojuin temple has become very popular recently.
 

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In this season, girls wear Yukata which make them look very pretty and happy. I often wear Yukata. I have a lot of summer kimono, but I don't want to wear them because it is too hot.
 

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I talked about this with my friend, and she gave me a good idea.
She said ‘I wear awase(lined) kimono in cold days, and wear CEOalpha kimono in hot days as hitoe(not lined) kimono or Yukata.
I do not have traditional summer kimono and hitoe(not lined) kimono.’
 
That makes sense.
CEOalpha kimono is washable and very convenient.
There are many cute patterns.
I would like to recommend CEOalpha kimono.
Why don't you try CEOalpha kimono in this summer?
 Some of these CEO alpha kimono are by very popular designer Tsumori Chisato.
She is famous for her pop and funky design. Her unique design make these kimono realy exceptional!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.805

 
Dear Newsletter readers
 
Hi, how are you doing? This is Azusa writing.
 
Do you like music? 
I recently started learning to play the piano. Actually, I learned how to play the piano about 20 years ago, but gave up and didn't play  since then because it was difficult. I have always wanted
to try again. Besides, I heard that it helps to prevent dementia!
 
Speaking of music, I also like traditional Japanese instruments. They were also
depicted beautifully in kimonos.
 
Have you heard of Gagaku? It is the court music of Japan from the Heian period (794- 1185). It is composed of percussion, wind and stringed instruments.
 
Let me introduce some instruments of them.
 
It's a 13-stringed Japanese harp. The strings are plucked with nail-shaped pickes, so it has rather clear tones. I learned playing it when I was a collage student, and liked the sound very much.
 
"Biwa"
"Biwa" is a four-stringed Japanese lute. It was used to tell narratives. I like it's lovely design. There are ancient Biwa of various beautiful designs gathered in Shosoin Treasure House in Todaiji teample. I recommend seeing them when you come to Nara!
 
 
"Tsuzumi"
Tsuzumi is a Japanese hand drum. It has loud and pleasant tones. It is often depicted colorfully in kimonos because it is regarded as auspicious motif.

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.784

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#820088 We have made this obi from the design of vintage summer kimono.

Obi #820088 Kimono Flea Market Ichiroya

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#820099 This is the same design obi in another color. So elegant!

Obi #820099 Kimono Flea Market Ichiroya


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Konnichiwa, Ichiroya news letter readers.
How are you doing?
This time Iori is writing.
 
Last weekend, we heard the good news.
"Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun", the ancient tumulus structures were designated for Cultural World Heritage Site in 2019.
This is the first cultural world heritage for Osaka, and Furuichi is the next city of Tondabayashi, in which Ichiroya is.
 
*What is Mozu-Furuichi kofungun?-

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Osaka prefectural government started considering the ways to show visitors this world heritage.
There is a plan to look it on a balloon from the sky! It must be cool!!
I wish many people around the world visit our neighbourhood and enjoy sightseeing!
 
Changing the subject, did you know that the cool and kawaii coordination of kimono outfit are coming up almost every day at our Ichiroya
Instagram??
https://www.instagram.com/kimonotteichiroya/
 
We show the attractive vintage items and kimono coordination, and also items from our kimonotte sideproject mainly.
Most of Kimonotte items are reprinted of patterns from vintage kimono or obi. Cute and colorful obiage(sash), han-eri(added collar) and obi surely go well with vintage or modern kimono outfits! It is just fun to look at them. Of course I check it out everyday!
 
I would like to introduce attractive summer coordination from Instagram.
 
Chic summer kimono with stream, and beautiful 'hagi'(Japanese bush clover) and 'ayame' (sweet flag) pattern.

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Elegant summer kimono with morning glory pattern.

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Charming summer kimono with 'hagi'(Japanese bush clover) and 'Kagome' (woven bamboo)  pattern.

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Yukata with shibori(tie-dye) pattern with cute cat obi from kimonotte.

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Look at this adorable cat satring something...
This obi is from Kimonotte sideproject. 
 
Yukata with modern rose design and colorful obi from kimonotte.

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This is a new trend obi tieing in Japan now!
It is very easy way to tie, actually no need to tie, just roll up and fasten with obijime(cord) .
Its cool, isn't it?? You can even use any belt you have. Actually, the above belt is not obijime, it was sold as a regular belt, it works really nice!
This colorful rabbit obi is also from Kimonotte! https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/820036/
 
Though some of the items on the pictures were sold already, but we still have many cool ones!
I also introduce vintage summer kimono and colorful eye-catching Yukata kimono.
 
Vintage Summer Kimono
 
 Refreshing Yukata Kimono
Most of vintage kimonos are short in length so they are small for some of you maybe.
However, I think you can enjoy them to slip on such as Haori.
Summer kimonos are comfortable with its smooth and light touch.
Besides, vintage kimonos are colorful and have dynamic patterns, which are very eye-catching.

Please visit our Instagram sometime and enjoy the world of attractive vintage kimono!!
https://www.instagram.com/kimonotteichiroya/
 
Thank you for reading till the end.
Please have a wonderful weekend!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.783

Dear newsletter readers, 
Hello, this is Mari writing this week. It is July! I can't believe that it is already halfway through 2019!  In July, Ichiroya staff take annual medical check up. Some of you may  remember my newsletter which I reported my check up last year. It will be my turn on Thursday, July 11. YES, it's coming! I haven't drunk, eaten deep flied food and  sweets for about 3 weeks by now. Then, I go to gym almost everyday. I'm afraid to see bad result at the end of my check up. Wish my luck!
It is "Tanabata(the Star Festival)" today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata
There is such a romantic story behind the festival. We believe the myth which is the princess and her lover can see each other in the sky once a year, on July 7th,  if it is clear weather in the night. According to weather forcast, there is a 50% chance of rain tonight.  We are crossing our fingers for them!
For Tanabata festival, we decorate bamboo with Origami and "Tanzaku" strip of papers. We write down our wishes on the strip of papers. My sons used to write their wishes on the strip of papers and  hang on bamboo. Their wishes were always same. "I want to be a power ranger when I grow up!" How cute! There are Tanabata festivals here and there in Japan. We often wear Yukata, summer casual cotton kimono,  when we go to those summer festival. 
 
Kids wear Yukata, too.  
 
I know that Yoko also introduced Yukata last week. However, I just wanted to introduce  some other Yukata for family! We have some mother and daughter yukata set! It must be super fashionable to wear the same pattern yukata with your daughters!
Mother and daughter(3 y.o) yukata set

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 If you want matching color, we have it!
If you have older daughters, we have matching pattern yukata for them. 7 to 8 y.o

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11 to 12 y.o
Sorry, we don't have boy's yukata for now. However, we have "Jinbei" instead! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinbei
It is unisex. So, your sons and daughters may wear the same pattern  Jinbei in this summer!
For 3 to 4 y.o
For 5 to 6 y.o
For 7 to 8 y.o
Size 3L 
  Let's wear yukata and jinbei in summer!  Thank you for reading! See you next time ;-)
 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.782

 

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I am back.
Konnichiwa from Osaka! I hope minasan is having a nice weekend. 
This is Yoko writing this weekend's newsletter. Ogenki desuka? 
 
As you see from the above photo, yep, he is back!
A few days after water was drawn into next door Tanbo (rice field), the Kaeru has returned (literary kaeru(return) in Japanese) to our gate top.  To be honest, after seeing him sitting there for years, it almost makes me happy to see him again, well.... except my daughter. hahaha
 
Well, July is starting tomorrow, and it will only get hotter next month to August which also means it will be a great season to enjoy Yukata and summer Kimono!!
This year's trend for summer Kimono in Japan is 'modern' and 'sophisticated' and so blue and white colors should become popular. 
 
Here are some of our recommendations for summer outings based on this year's trend!
What do you think?
 
 
 
Hope you enjoy our selections!
We have more items which are yet listed and hope you find some nice summer items in our new arrivals.
For your information, our new arrivals are added at about 5:45am on weekday mornings, Japan Time.
Good luck to you!!!
 
itsumo arigato gozaimasu for reading our newsletters and if you have any request or ideas for our newsletters, they are more than welcome!!!
 

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Thank you so much for reading our newsletter.
 
Have a wonderful weekend! 
 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.781

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Renga-kan in in Kumatori-cho, Osaka

 
Hello, How are you doing?  Mitsue is writing this time.
In Osaka, rainy season is just around the corner. It will be humid with high temperature for about a month, but I can't hate this rainy season. I like the sound of rain drops, because I feel something relieved from the sound.
 
As I told you before, I'm a member of orchestra of Chinese instrument, and I play Niko (2 strings fiddle) and Kosou(21 strings Chinese Koto). We often have concerts at various halls. Last Sunday, I played with some members at Renga-kan (Brick Hall) in Kumatori-cho, Osaka. It is located near Kansai International Airport.
 
Renga-kan is a building reproduced a cotton fabric factory which was built early Showa era(1926- 1989). The brick wall is kept as it was at that time, and a saw roof was reproduced with the same atmosphere. It is open for citizens to use halls, restaurant and meeting rooms in order to succeed a modernized inheritance to the coming ages. The land of factory was actually very large as approximately 20,000 square meters including lodgings and dining room. Only brick factory, office, storage, electric power receiving room and steam boiler room remained. Some of them are now protected as cultural assets of Kumatori-cho.
 
Weaving machine is displayed at the hall with Danjiri (festival float). For young citizens, a process to spin the cotton yarn is easily presented. A boiler still remains in the garden. so I could feel an atmosphere when cotton industry was prosperous at that time. It is now declined because of the cheap imported cotton. I found a beautiful ancient lotus in front of the factory. 
 

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looms

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from raw cotton to cotton yarn

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boiler

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Me holding niko

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ancient lotus

We have many cotton Yukata, but today I introduce you some other cotton items. 
Some of them are old and have flaws, but we would like you to enjoy these tasteful cotton texture. Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoy this weekend!