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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.825

 

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Konnichiwa, Ichiroya news letter readers.
How are you doing?
This is Iori from Ichiroya.
 
2019 is ending. Time flies!
Have you already got a Christmas present for your loved one?
Me, I haven't! I need to hurry to get something good for my kids.
I hope Santa Claus will give me a new vacuum cleaner!
My cleaner has not been working well these days since I have been using it for more than 10 years long.
Well, that story aside, you are still able to shop for Christmas from Ichiroya by DHL shipping.
DHL only needs about 4 days to deliver items to you. 
Please let us know if you prefer it.
 
Today, I am introducing some items of winter motif.

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How about these auspicious pattern items in the living room or on the wall to invite guests for holiday season?
such as this vintage maiwai jacket and fukusa with famous story:

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Secchu notakenoko hori episode fukusa

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/466496/


There are more here:
 I took a train last weekend and people sat both sides of me were wearing kimono.
One lady who looked in her 60s wearing chic white Oshima Tsumugi-like kimono and dark brown haori.
The other lady looked in her 30s wearing blue-green checkerboard pattern kimono, (maybe) antique fancy flower Nagoya Obi and a black beret.
They both look wonderful in their kimono and also enjoying their favorite ways to dress up!
We often see the people in kimono everywhere in winter.
Winter is a good season to enjoy wearing kimono!
 
Thank you for reading till the end.
Happy Holiday!
Iori

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.824

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`takikomi-gohan'
 
 
Dear newsletter readers, 
Konnichiwa! This time Ayumi is writing:)
 
The last month in 2019 has begun! The latest news says snowy season is coming near Ichiroya day by day.
This month is called ’Shiwasu’ in Japan, which means everyone is busy and rushed even old generous people. 
This time of year, I'm always wondering what I should send for 'Oseibo' for my relatives, what I have to prepared for 'Osechi' and what I should give my sweet little lady a Christmas present. Haha, so many things to do!!
 
*Oseibo;In Japan, there is a cultural tradition to give gifts at the end of the year, to your family, friends or people who are important to you.
*Osechi;Japanese traditional New Year’s dish
 

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It is busy though, here is not only busy things in this month. Walk around this cozy town, I sometime happen to find lovely Christmas trees. I took a photo with it. I was in Tsumugi Kimono at that time. This chilly season is the best for Kimono, isn't it?  
We have some charming Obi and Kimono for this seasons! 
How about these for Christmas party?
http://www.ichiroya.com/sp/list.php?spid=S5de85e6a85a4e
 

To celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary, my husband and I went out to have a fancy dinner.
We enjoyed barbecue, it was really tasty! We had several other dish too.
The meat was delicious but among the dishes, my best dish in the restaurant was 'Takikomi-gohan'(Japanese seasoned rice with burdock root, shiitake mushrooms, vegetables and so on)!! The rice has lots of seasonal ingredients, and reminds me my mothers home‐made cooking. The familiar taste made me very happy.
Maybe you too have your favorite and familiar dish which makes you happy!
Around this season, we have lots of delicious food from farms and seas. New rices, persimmons, bamboo shoots, oranges, oysters, fishes...so many!
Hmm...now I am hungry X(
 
Let me share some items with common Japanese vegetables and foods form Ichiroya. You must feel starving! 
 
I hope you like this newsletter!
Have a nice weekend everyone:)

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.823

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Welcome to our city!
 
 
Dear newsletter readers, 
 
Hello, this is Mari writing this week.
It's December! Can you believe it? We have only one more month to go in 2019!
Around this time of year, we have last minutes Christmas gift shoppers. Just 
so you know, it is the busiest season at post offices all over the world. So, 
it takes longer time to deliver. If you are thinking about shopping Christmas 
gift now, we highly recommend to choose Express shipping.
 
In July, Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, ancient tumulus clusters was certified as a 
World Heritage Site. A "kofun" is a mounded tomb made by piling earth, with 
the burial chamber inside the mound. Tombs of this type were common in the Japanese 
archipelago for about 400 years from the second half of the 3rd century AD.
 
 
Ichiroya is located in the near area of this World Heritage Site. 
We are so excited to know that the Kofungun was certified. 
Administrations and merchants are trying to bring tourists and promote the area. 
 
 

We are located along Kintetsu railway line. They are now operating 
special trains so called "Haniwa Train". 
"Haniwa" are clay figures in the shape of men, women or animals especially horses. 
They were made for ritual use and buried with the dead as funerary objects druing 
the Tumulus period. On the other day, I had a chance to take "Haniwa Train"!
 

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The trains are wrapped by "Haniwa" images. Also, there are cute Haniwa hanging 
on the straps, staring at us from train connecting part.
Operation schedule of the "Haniwa train" is undisclosed. So, we never know when 
we can take it. I was lucky to take the cute train. I hope this train will 
entertain tourists from all over the world.
 
If you are still looking for Christmas gift, we have something you may like.
http://www.ichiroya.com/sp/list.php?spid=S5dde008fdc829
 
Again, if you order for Christmas, please select Express shipping!
Thank you for reading until the end.
Hope you enjoy our newsletter. See you next time!
 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.822

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Konnichiwa everyone!  Ogenki desuka? 
This is Yoko from Ichiroya.  
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
 
Everyone! if you are shopping for Christmas, we strongly recommend EMS shipping method instead of SAL.
SAL can take more than one month for delivery, especially during a busy mailing season.  
We also offer shipping method by DHL!   DHL is very reliable and can deliver pretty much anywhere usually much faster than EMS.
Please feel free to let us know if you prefer DHL.
 
November is ending, and it will be December soon, last month of 2019!
I can't believe it!  To me, it feels like this year was only started a few months ago....sigh...
Kaki (persimmons) on my tree are almost gone, unlike last year, we had a very good harvest of Kaki this year.
I have shared some on top of the tree with birds and fallen ones on the ground with Marin. hahaha
My beagle Marin LOVES persimmons, see the photo?  
As soon as she hears the thud, (sound of Kaki hitting the ground) she runs to it.  Funny girl!
 

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Now that it is actually cold, dressing in Kimono can finally become very fun and comfortable.
In winter, why not enjoy a Kimono or Obi with 'Tsubaki'(Camellia) motif which can give a very elegant impression.
Leaves of Tsubaki remain green all year, so it is considered as one of the auspicious and sacred trees in Japan.
I hope you can include Tsubaki motif in your Kimono outfit this winter!!!
 

*Tsumugi* 
With a nice chic color Kimono of shibori(tie-dye).
The Obi goes well with both Kimono.
 
 

*Houmongi*
To a wedding or formal party, a very nice coordinate with Tsuzure Obi.
 
 

We would be happy to assist you if you have any questions on what to wear this winter!!
 
Arigato gozaimasu for reading our weekly newsletter!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.821

 

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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers
 
Hello. How are you doing?
Mitsue is writing this time.
The days are getting shorter now, so I can often see beautiful sunset from train on the way back home. It is one of my pleasures these days. Other ones of this season are visiting museums, reading, playing and listening to music. Many exhibitions are held all over the country in autumn.
 
The 71st annual exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures was opened at Nara national museum for 20 days. Forty-one treasures have been selected for display from approximately 9,000 collections. Among these, four treasures are exhibited for the first time. This exhibition is designed to provide a general overview of the Shoso-in treasure, but in commemoration of the emperor’s Enthronement, this year it features some of the most celebrated and representative treasures of the collection. In addition to treasures, the collections can tell us a great deal about the origins and heritage of the Shoso-in. 
The Shoso-in is a storage of treasure that belongs to Todai-ji in Nara. The building is  Azekura log-cabin style with raised floor. The treasures are from the age of Emperor Shomu (701–756), as well as arts and crafts from the Tempyo era (about 729-749) of Japanese history.
 

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* Photo of museum with long queue and entrance of exhibition
 
I heard there will be long queues to enter at daytime, so I visited in the evening to avoid waiting. However, I was surprised to see the long queues! Actually they were for the cheaper admission fee to enter at late time. I didn’t want to wait, so I entered soon at regular fee.
I was deeply impressed to see the treasures such as the 7 strings Zither with beautiful decoration, a mother-of-pearl Inlay box and the red sandalwood long-handled incense burner. They show the superb craftsmanship of the time.
 
As for the details of Shoso-in, please click here.
http://shosoin.kunaicho.go.jp/en-US  
As for the 71st Annual Exhibition of Shoso-in Treasures, click here.
https://www.narahaku.go.jp/english/exhibition/2019toku/shosoin/2019shosoin_e.html
 
Nara ‘s mascot called Sento-kun is a little cute, a combination of Buddha and deer. 
I found it at Nara station. The photo is old one, and now it is a tourist information office
 

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 Nara station
 

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Sento-kun
 
Let me introduce some items with Shosho-in treasure pattern. 
Please enjoy its beautiful design. 
 
 

  Thank you very much for reading to the end. dozo yoi ichinichio, we wish you a wonderful day!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.820

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Dear Ichiroya news letter readers
 
How are you doing?
This time Iori is writing.
It is getting colder and has been comfortable sunny days these days in Japan.
Leaves are getting red or yellow. It is time to go seeing red maple leaves.
 
This month we'll have the Shichi-go-san festival for children of three, five and seven years of age.
You might have read about the Shichi-go-san before in the previous article.
It is a day of prayer for the healthy growth of young children.
I have three kids and they are seven, five and three years old, so we took photo shooting of them in advance.
Kids looked happy in pretty kimono because there are few chances to wear kimono recently.
Parents were tired trying not let them run and jump, and make them smile to the camera at the same time.
Anyway, it will be a good memory.
 

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7-year-old

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5-year-old

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3-year-old
Did you know we have made original children's kimono on Kimonotte project?
It has colorful, cute and attractive designs from authentic vintage kimono.
 
 
 
We also have new kimono for 5 years old boys.
http://www.ichiroya.com/sp/list.php?spid=S5dc3a4124b0fd
 
There are many other cute and kawaii kimonos for children in our shop.
Some vintage items are useful for handicraft material and so on.
 
Thank you for reading till the end.
Please have a wonderful weekend!
See you next time.
 
 


Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.819

Dear newsletter readers,  Hello, This is Ayumi writing this week.  Hajimemashite! I am a new Ichiroya staff for writing English descriptions of kimono items. My writing name is 'Noma' which is my family name. I am glad to join this wonderful Ichiroya newsletter team and share our current news with you:) Yoroshikuonegaishimasu!
First of all, I would like to introduce myself a little.  I am from Hiroshima. I used to play Kyudo(Japanese archery) , Judo and researched about Kappa(one of the most common Japanese ancient imaginary monster) at University. Also I love comics, music and keen on Kimono, of course! If you interested in, please feel free to let me know. I am happy to write about them!
By the way, The Halloween has gone and outside is getting chilly day by day. I know everyone is waiting for Christmas season. Personally, I have a big day before it. It is our fifth wedding anniversary on 29th of November. Hmm, time flies!! 
Well, This time I would like to write about my wedding. I had a wedding at Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima Island which is one of the best scenic spots in Japan.
 
What do you know about Miyajima?  It is one of the oldest shrine in Japan. Please see the photo above, the shrine is stands in the sea. The red Torii (Gateway) stands by itself against the waves. In fall, Miyajima is sooooo beautiful with the contrast of marine blue, 'Momiji'(maple leaf is tinged with red and yellow) and the shrine's elegant  vermilion red. It is like the seventh heaven!
 

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In the Wedding, I wore Shiromuku(white Uchikake). The bride in the white Kimono is me, and in blue one is the Shinto priest of the shrine.
 

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After the ceremony, I changed my outer to colorful Uchikake and I did up my hair in Japanese traditional style! The Uchikake has gorgeously shining with scenery of Itsukushima Shrine design. The most of guests wore kimono for the party. My grandma and grandpa wore traditional formal kimonos. The ladies are in charming and vibrant Furisodes! It was the most fantastic day ever!
 
 

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If you have a chance to see Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine, I strongly recommend to visit around 10:00 am, because you can see  a wedding ceremony almost every weekends around the time.
We have some more splendid Uchikake Kimonos in our shop! Please see the fabulous designs. You must fall in love with the kimono world as I do!
I hope you like this newsletter! Have a wonderful weekend everyone. ;)