Tag Archives: Kimono

2017 Special Promotion! Kimono sale!



Treat yourself and a friend to a kimono discount! In 2017 if you bring a friend and you BOTH buy a kimono at the time, you both get 10% off your kimono purchase! The kimono have to be bought together at the same time by seperate people. The 10% off may not be combined with any other offers or discounts.

For schedule of events see: www.OhioKimono.com – see you next at OhayoCon!

Andersen Japanese Garden, Summer Festival 2016

Ohio Kimono is honored to be a part of the Andersen Japanese Gardens Japanese Summer Festival in 2016!  Did you know that the festival offers Tea Ceremony? Seating is limited, so it is important that you reserve and pay for your spot in advance!
“For those wishing to participate in a more intimate cultural experience, traditional tea ceremonies will be led by members of Urasenke Tankokai and students of Professor Kimiko Gunji. Gunji is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture in the School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the former Director of Japan House at the University of Illinois. Reservations are required for all tea ceremonies. For more information please contact Katie Weston at kweston@andersongardens.org.”
To reserve and look at times: http://www.andersongardens.org/formal-guest-house-tea-ceremony/ and http://www.andersongardens.org/gazebo-tea-ceremonies/ to reserve your space in advance! It is only $15 a person!
See you this weekend, rain or shine!
Want to keep up to date with Ohio Kimono? Check out our main site at http://www.OhioKimono.com

Ohio Kimono 2016 Schedule




2016 (Confirmed or Pending – subject to change)

Current as of Jan 7th, 2016! See you there!


Online Kimono Store


After years of thought and consideration, I now have an online store where I sell kimono, haori, obi, scrap fabric, and more!

Kimono store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OhioKimono – offered through Etsy, a trusted online venue for selling! I will be updating the store frequently with kimono and more direct from Japan! I ship from in the USA!

$5.50 for tea with a Maiko



This former imperial capital with national treasures and cultural assets now seeks help from young women with white painted faces to reinvigorate tourism.

Maiko (apprentice geisha) and geisha in elaborate kimono perform traditional dance, sing a song, and serve sake at a place called ochaya, or a tea house, where the average customer spends around $500. First-timers are usually turned away as an introduction is needed to get in.

Kyoto, however, started a campaign last month in which tourists pay 500 yen ($5.50) for a tea ceremony with maiko and geisha and a chance to pose for pictures with them.

In June, a similar program was started at the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, where a couple of maiko perform traditional dance three times every Sunday free of charge.

Is this commercialization of geisha tradition?

“Absolutely not,” says Osamu Ito, an official at the Ookini Foundation (ookini means “thank you” in Kyoto dialect). The foundation was established to preserve and promote geisha tradition. “It’s only 500 yen. We just want to help promote tourism.”

Between 2003 and 2007 the number of overseas visitors who stayed overnight in Kyoto doubled to 926,805. City officials attribute the surge mainly to a national campaign of increasing Japanese tourism, which started in 2003. The 2005 film “Memoirs of a Geisha” also helped draw more foreign tourists, especially from the United States, they add.

“We hope this opportunity could help overseas visitors have a deeper interest in Japanese culture,” says Hiroaki Kakinuma, a city official in charge of tourism promotion.

Jan 25th, Kimono Workshop at the Waterville Library


2010 is the year of the Tiger. To celebrate the New Year, the Waterville Public Library has invited me to host a Kimono workshop, and traditional Japanese culture dicsussion. All month long, the Library display case will feature a collection of authentic traditional Japanese kimono, obi, and more!

Waterville Public Library – New Years celebration & Kimono Workshop
Date: January 25th, a Monday
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Admission: Free, and open to the public
Phone: 419-878-3055
Adress: 800 Michigan Ave, Waterville, OH 43566
Website: http://www.toledolibrary.org/about/location.asp?brch=Waterville
Presenter Website: you are on it 🙂

Geisha’s Hikizuri, newest purchase.


I just bought my first ever, and authentic hikizuri – a special kimono worn for performances. Hikizuri are more commonly worn by geisha. While I have had the chance in the past to buy several of these kinds of kimono, I have not because I am picky about my personal kimono. My favorite kind of kimono are called Tomesode. Tomesode are formal black kimono for married women, which feature sweeping designs around the bottom. My favorite theme and design on kimono is the wave theme.

So, you can imagine my reaction when I saw this….

Yes, this kimono is now mine. Yes, I intend to wear this.