MOST POPULAR KIMONOS

August 6th, 2022

The results are in for July and here is our list of the Top Selling Kimonos and Yukatas for the month. We want to thank everyone for the nice emails we receive. Your support and appreciation for this monthly posting prove to us that this is something you genuinely look at and look forward to.

For those who are new to this blog or our company, we are Chopa.com – A.K.A. Your Kimono Source. We have been an online purveyor of authentic Japanese Kimonos and Yukata robes since 1994. Our love for these garments spread to friends and acquaintances many years ago and here we are, loving what we do every day.

This list highlights just five of our best-selling Kimonos. We offer over 100 different styles and colors of quality cotton robes and loungewear imported directly from Japan. These handmade robes are crafted by experienced craftspeople. The kimono is both stylish and comfortable. They have beautiful patterns that will look great with most outfits. You can wear it to work or school or even just around the house. Steeped in symbolism and color, you’re sure to find one that matches your style perfectly.  Shop online 24 hours a day at our online Kimono Shop.

Our customers decide through their purchases. Here is the list:

  1. Yukata – Tree of Life. This ever-popular men’s yukata is part of our Premium Collection. This collection features higher-quality fabrics and prints. Available in six sizes.
  2. Black Kimono Samurai Robe. Crafted in fine 100% cotton broadcloth, this stylish kimono for men is perfect for lounging, martial arts, or meditation.
  3. Yukata – Dragon and Mt Fuji – Blue. It seems this pattern becomes more popular by the day. The dragon and Mt. Fuji are two of Japan’s most iconic symbols. This style is also available in black and both colors in the shorter length Happi Coats are also available.
  4. Yukata – Navy and White Bamboo. This women’s yukata is stylish and inspiring. In Japan, bamboo is symbolic of prosperity, purity, and innocence. What more could a lady ask for?
  5. Yukata – Sakura and Mt Fuji. This lady’s yukata is a favorite among our female staff members. The gorgeous blue background accents the colorful image of Mt. Fuji and Japanese sakura blossoms. Available in four sizes.

There you have it. With our large selection of styles and patterns, competitive pricing, and quick shipping, it’s no wonder Chopa is Your kimono Source. Now Get Your Kimono On!

               Sakura and Mt Fuji Yukata

Retail Theft Comes In Many Forms

July 17th, 2022

Retail theft is a common problem across the United States. Shoplifters often think of it as a victimless crime. The truth is that retailers lose millions of dollars every year due to theft. It’s easy to understand why someone might steal a physical object, like a piece of jewelry or a pair of shoes. But it’s not always so clear why someone might steal something that can’t be seen.

This doesn’t mean that the motives aren’t just as complex and interesting. Retail theft comes in many different forms, with motivations that range from financial need to psychological compulsion. Understanding these motivations is key to preventing theft.  It can also help those who may have committed it in the past.

So what are some of the most common types of retail theft?  In a physical retail environment, it can range from stealing merchandise, changing price tags, passing bad checks, using a stolen credit card, or counterfeit money. Not only do you have to watch customers, but also employees. Employee theft is a major obstacle for store owners.

Internet and Web stores that only sell online have different kinds of problems. Financial security is a major consideration when accepting credit cards online. The use of stolen credit cards to purchase goods is prevalent. Online stores must take added precautions on web purchases. Some of the safeguards include only accepting valid billing addresses, security codes, and a host of other proprietary technological tools used behind the scenes.

Another theft that occurs in brick and mortar stores and web stores is Intellectual Property. This includes stealing product descriptions and plagiarizing store information. Thefts include informative articles, blogs, advertising, and commonly your copyrighted and trademarked photos and images. Internet thieves in need of photos for their website will steal yours. This is piracy. They use them for personal financial gain rather than going through the expense of creating their own.

Producing images of products and services doesn’t usually come cheap. Depending on the quality and depth of your image needs, you may hire a photographer, build and outfit your studio or rent someone else’s. You might hire models who can add make-up, hair, and clothing costs. They say copying your work or stealing images from your site is the sincerest form of flattery but it goes beyond that.

A good photo is worth many times its acquisition cost because images drive sales. If a customer sees a beautiful kimono in an image, it allows them to make a reasonable decision to purchase that product. Since kimonos and yukatas are so unique, photos can take into account many hours of creative thinking, and intellect. It also uses the time of others when using models, photographers, set designers, editors, and more.

We have caught dozens of “so-called” competitors stealing our images over the years. We usually resolve this by sending a Cease and Desist Notice. In most cases, the thieves complied and removed the pictures. Others ignored us until we had our attorneys write a demand letter. Two companies didn’t think it was a big deal until we filed suit in court and won. Neither of these two is in business any longer.

Overseas dealers regularly use our product descriptions, sizing information, and ideas on their websites.  We chalk this up to being one of the Internet’s Leading Providers of Authentic Japanese Kimonos and Yukatas. We have been online since 1994 and other businesses look up to us. They feel stealing from us may help their success too. It comes down to ethics and morals. If you steal others’ work, you don’t have ethics, therefore you will steal and cheat your customers as well.

We have various methods to check for copyright theft. These include the use of digital watermarks, scheduled web surfing, customer reports, and other dealers word of mouth. A recent theft incident arose on a website that deals in Kimonos, Japanese knickknacks, and tourist trade trinkets. This site dared to steal and use over two dozen images that belonged to us. The couple who own this business never asked for permission. They feel stealing others property in the darkness of their home is easier. Can you imagine how they might lie and cheat their  customers?

Ironically this theft was discovered by a staff member processing an order they submitted. Since they are so familiar with our website they thought to take advantage of a clearance sale we have for some kid’s kimonos and outfits. Priced below cost, they were savvy to recognize the deal. But they are so arrogant, they didn’t think that using their business name on the order might lead to someone surfing their site simply out of curiosity. We don’t discourage competitors from taking advantage of our sales, but we frown on thieves stealing our copyrighted images.

Management wrote them a cease and desist notice and they complied and removed the images. Not only did they steal images outright, but they also modified some to use for alternate products. The real irony was the reply letter one owner sent us. He tried to come off as the victim, alluding that we were overzealous in our demand. This owner relayed how knowledgeable he was on the laws of image theft and placed blame on some rogue employees that come and go.  He proceeded to explain how reputable he is and how many friends he has and works with within the industry.

We say with friends like this, watch your backs or at a minimum watch the images on your website. Unfortunately, these situations will happen again. It is part of being in business.  Our issue besides stealing from us is the time consumption involved with calling the thieves out. We would rather spend our time providing our customers with quality service, value, and the fast shipping they receive, rather than banter back and forth with crooks.  You can shop online 24 hours a day in our online Kimono Shop. Our Shop is safe, secure and honest.

Piracy Image Thieves

Best Selling Kimono and Yukata

July 9th, 2022

Our Top Five List of Best-Selling Kimonos and Yukatas for June 2022.

It’s finally summertime, and that means it’s time to break out the yukatas and short-length Happi Coats. Whether you’re looking for a traditional yukata to wear to a festival or a colorful kimono to add to your wardrobe, we’ve got just what you need. Check out our top five selling kimonos and yukatas for June and get ready to enjoy the warm weather in style!

If you’re looking for a classic yukata, our number one best seller is a perfect choice. This beautiful red crane and tree yukata feature traditional Japanese pine trees in shades of blue and green. Elegant cranes flying above making it perfect for any summer occasion.

Looking for something a little more modern? Our second and third bestsellers in June are the vibrant Blue Dawn Yukata for women and the distinguished Dragon and Mt Fuji in Navy Blue for men.  The Blue Dawn has always been a popular pick among the ladies.  Blooming peonies are bursting in color against a rich shade of blue. The Japanese design highlights the print with swirls of gold for a classic look.

The Dragon and Mt. Fuji yukata stand on their own for character and eye-catching looks. This particular yukata is offered with a black or red background and each rise to the top of the charts throughout the year. The magnificent Mt Fuji is shown in the background while the respected and iconic dragon intertwines throughout the design. In Japan, the dragon symbolizes wealth, wisdom, and strength with its mastery over all elements of nature.

Coming in at number four is the Blue Koi Yukata. This lightweight cotton robe is popular throughout the year for both men and women. Our exclusive design was created many years ago by a true Japanese artist and still thrives and captures attention today. Fish patterns are very popular during Obon Festivals and outdoor events as well as for lounging inside. Koi represent courage and this robe will give you the spark you need to take on a challenge. This print is also available in the ever-popular Happi Coat.  Happi Coats are short-length versions of yukatas and kimonos and are perfect for Summertime!

Rounding out our monthly best-seller list is Dragon and Bamboo Yukata. This designer print features the powerful dragon among rows of bamboo.  Dragon and bamboo are considered symbols of beauty and endurance throughout Japanese history into modern times. Made of 100% cotton with a shrink-resistant finish, the navy blue and white color palette complement the water deity design of this robe.

To summarize, here is the complete list:

  1. Yukata – Red Crane and Tree
  2. Yukata – Blue Dawn
  3. Yukata – Dragon and Mt. Fuji – Navy
  4. Blue Koi Yukata
  5. Dragon and Bamboo Yukata

It is no surprise that this month’s list is all yukatas since they are lighter weight and are very popular in the hot summer months.

If you are looking for a kimono or yukata that will make you stand out from the crowd, then look no further than Chopa, your go-to source for all things kimono and yukata related. We offer over 100 kimonos and yukatas featuring some truly stunning creations that are sure to turn heads wherever you go. From sleek and modern designs to traditional and ornate ones, we have something for everyone on your list.

Chopa has been selling Kimonos online since 1994. Our reputation is amongst the best in the business. Fast shipping, fair pricing, easy returns, and best of all, we are headquartered in the USA. Your order ships from our central warehouse in Northwest Florida. Shop online 24 hours a day from the comfort of your home or office. Visit our online Kimono Shop today.

blue dawn yukata

                       Blue Dawn Yukata

What is a Chinese Kimono?

July 2nd, 2022

Chinese Kimono?  I thought Kimonos came from Japan?

Does this sound familiar?  If you are shopping for an authentic Japanese kimono, you should become familiar with the games and tricks that some dealers use. The kimono was created in Japan and is still the hallmark of Japanese-inspired clothing today. Kimono was once commonly worn with Chinese-influenced hakama, which is a type of long skirt. If the hakama had dividers separating the legs, they were similar to pants.  Some believe that because this combo was worn well over 1000 years ago, kimonos originated in China, but that is not the case.

To connoisseurs of kimono and yukata robes, nothing says “kimono” like “Made in Japan.” It is fairly easy to determine if a vendor is selling a true Japanese kimono. We see ads frequently that mask the true origination or disguise the fact they are made elsewhere. There is only one authentic kimono and those are made in Japan.

Not a week passes that we receive an email from a customer feeling betrayed or cheated by a kimono they purchased online. They thought they were buying a garment made in Japan, but in reality, it was a Chinese-made knock-off. This isn’t to say the quality isn’t adequate or that it can’t be called a kimono, but calling it a Japanese kimono is simply wrong. Why would dealers do this? To make more money and to sell a disguised counterfeit product to unsuspecting buyers.

Selling platforms like Amazon and Etsy need to do a better job enforcing “Truth in Advertising” laws and rules. Chopa has always had strong ethics and believes in being completely honest with our customers and non-customers. We have done so for over 28 years which we believe is one of the reasons we are still thriving in business today. We would never want to jeopardize our reputation or trick a customer just to make a buck.

There are unscrupulous dealers online and we are happy when customer writes us to tell us what a great experience they had shopping in our online Kimono Shop and how much they like the kimono. Unfortunately we receive those stories from customers that shopped elsewhere needing someone to talk to or help them if any remedy is possible.

A major rule of thumb in locating a Japanese Kimono are the words, “Made in Japan.” After all how much simpler can it get? If it is made there, it should say so in the description. Instead you will find Japanese Style, Japanese Inspired, or a blatant use of Japanese Kimono even when it isn’t made in Japan.  Take a look at Amazon or Etsy and you can determine where it is made.  Look for “ships from Bali” or a Chinese named business.

Checking on Amazon’s reviews allows you to discover what other customers already did. Here is a sampling of random reviews we found that say it all.

“The reviews here are misleading. It is not made in Japan.” – 2/11/21

“Needs to be washed. My complaint is the fabric is stiff and scratchy.” – 7/14/20

“Sending it back. The description and Q&A led me to believe this was made in Japan. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was a Made in China tag.” – 9/01/19

“The kimono I received has a Made in China tag. I am very disappointed.” – 8/30/19

Those are very self-explanatory but one of our favorites (being sarcastic here) is the one review that states that the  “Made in China isn’t an issue. This is a Japanese brand that is made in China for Japanese markets, it is not a knock-off.” We would assume this was written by the dealer themselves. We have never heard of such ridiculous reasoning. There is no such thing. It’s just a ploy.

If you have any questions about buying a kimono, we of course welcome you to visit our online kimono Shop. Browse around, look at the different styles and know that all of our robes are finely crafted in Japan and imported directly to the USA for the enjoyment of our customers. We don’t make up stories, we don’t exaggerate and we don’t hide vital information.

Don’t ever assume that because a dealer says Japanese Kimono it is made in Japan. If it is, the dealer should say so, clearly and directly in the description, just like we do. Send us questions or stories you have about your shopping experience whether with us or another source. If we can guide you down the right path, we will certainly do so.

Some dealers on the web do unscrupulous things to compete in the online world of retail. One of our upcoming blogs will be about discovering that a competitor stole and published over two dozen copyrighted images from our website to use on their own site. No permission, no licensing agreement, no request, just blatant theft. If a retailer openly steals images, what else would they steal from you in the process of a sale?

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Trusted Kimono Source

2022 Obon Festivals in the USA

June 25th, 2022

What is an Obon Festival?

The Obon Festival is a time for celebration in Japan. It’s also an opportunity to get together with friends and family members.

The tradition entails music, dance, and crafts as well as martial arts. It honors ancestral spirits from your past who have watched over you throughout life.  The lighting of candles represents wishes fathered by these same energies during happier times gone by.

Entertainment will be offered with groups playing drums including taiko drumming groups.

Plenty of groups and cities participate in this cultural experience in the USA.  Find an Obon Festival near you.

Downtown Denver – Cherry Blossom Festival – June 25 and 26.

Venice, CA Japanese Community Center – June 25.

Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake Buddhist Temple – July 9.

Fairfax, VA  Ekoji Buddhist Temple – July 9.

Seabrook, NJ – Seabrook Buddhist Temple – July 16.

Pasadena, CA Buddhist Church – July 16.

Long Beach, CA. Cultural Center – July 30.

Portland, Oregon – Oregon Buddhist Temple – August 6.

Kingston, NY – Kingston Point Beach – August 6.

Palo Alto, CA Buddhist Temple – Aug. 7

Lahaina Hongwanji Mission – Lahaina, HI – Aug 12 and 13.

Gardena Buddhist Church – August 13.

Charlotte, NC – Wells Fargo Atrium Plaza – August – Dates TBA.

San Diego, CA – Japanese Friendship Garden – August – Dates TBA.

Las Vegas, NV – Location TBA, August – Date TBA

St. Paul MN – Como Park – August 21.

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Botanical Garden – Sept 3-5.

Atlanta, GA – Gas South Convention Center (Duluth) – September 17 and 18.

Dress for the occasion. Kimonos and Yukatas are very popular to wear to these festivals. The yukata is lighter weight and will help keep you cooler on those warmer days. Check out our wide selection of robes and headbands for your celebration. Shipping is always fast. Shop our ONLINE STORE now.

Search the web for more dates and cities near you. Buddhist temples and Japanese clubs and gardens may have more information in your local area.

 

mens shodo yukata in 100% cotton

The Shodo Yukata is available at       www.chopa.com

Where to Buy a Kimono (Part 2)

June 17th, 2022

Welcome to Part 2 of our blog on what to look for when choosing a dealer to buy a Kimono. In the last column, we pointed out how some retailers advertise in an unscrupulous manner.  Some of the things they do include being vague about where the kimono is made. Another trick is calling it a Japanese Kimono when it was made in China.

Now let’s dive into some other fun facts. One complaint we hear about is the shipping times. Dealers in Asia, Etsy, eBay, and even Amazon frequently state quick or fast shipping. But according to customers we hear from, it is often anything but quick. We are told stories of waiting 4 weeks or longer and rarely is there an apology.  A benefit of working with a US-based dealer that imports directly is their ability to ship quickly. Chopa prides itself on shipping orders within one day of order receipt with many shipping the same day. Chopa uses FedEx, UPS, and USPS and most orders arrive within 2-3 days.

It is also important to know what kind of fabric is used. Just like where the kimono is made, an honest dealer will state the type of fabric, whether it is cotton, silk, or polyester. Most customers prefer cotton because it is easy to care for and is usually machine washable. We have located dealers offering that claim cotton, but when customers receive them they are rayon, polyester, or some other type of fabric. This is also when some customers discover their Japanese Kimono was made in China because the tag said so.

Is the pattern the same in person as it was on the web?  This is another trick we see by dealers overseas. They show one type of design, but ship an alternate pattern to the customer.  This may be deliberate. Perhaps they ran out and consider substituting without the customer’s approval acceptable? Maybe they don’t care because they know once they have your money, they are in control and it is difficult to get a refund. Shipping an item back to China, Japan, or somewhere else in Asia is not cheap. Shipping costs go up every year and people in the USA usually pay more to ship an item overseas than people overseas pay to ship to the USA.

Communication with an overseas dealer can be difficult. There are often language barriers, time zone differences, varying hours, etc. Time and time again, a common complaint we hear is that an overseas dealer simply never replied to any email. Calls were not returned or calls to the number on their site were dead and not even in operation.

In today’s world of electronic communication, many companies don’t operate live phones any longer. Chopa decided to forgo its live telephone call center in 2021. Staffing a call center is expensive and over the years, we saw a downward slope in the number of calls each month and year. At the same time, we saw a steady increase in emails and texts. Add in the number of solicitors and Robocalls we received, it made sense to shut down live phone service. It was a difficult decision because we enjoyed speaking with our customers, but the cost outweighed the benefit so we took the plunge.

Cutting off live telephone service makes answering and responding to emails and texts that much more important. Customers want and deserve a quick reply to a question, a suggestion, or inquiry on sizing, shipping times, or in-stock availability. We do our best to answer every inquiry as quickly as possible, even on weekends, holidays, and evenings.

Our text service allows staff to monitor messages at random times through their mobile devices. All of the employees at Chopa are owners. As an employee-owned and operated business, you can assure that everyone here has the same work ethic to take care of customers. Over 28 years of doing this, we feel we are pretty darn good at it and even though we have the experience, we learn every day.

Chopa has a passion for the beauty of Kimonos and Yukatas. Our appreciation and admiration for these robes are worth sharing and we want everyone to experience this great tradition.  Be safe out there. Shop with caution and reason. Realize if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Just like paying the least isn’t always a good idea, spending the most isn’t always the best method either. Find a dealer that prices robes fairly and provides many other value-added services along with it.  Shop our ONLINE STORE anytime, anywhere, we never close.

Lightweight cotton cherry blossom yukata for women

Pink Cherry Blossom Yukata

Best Kimonos – May 2022

June 10th, 2022

Are you looking to purchase a new Kimono or Yukata?  Let us help you.  Each month, we publish our Top Five Best Selling Kimono Yukata List. We provide you the opportunity to see what is selling well right now.

Feel confident that you are buying something that other people have loved and enjoyed. Stay up to date on the latest trends. Become part of our community of Kimono Lovers everywhere. We are a friendly group that loves and appreciates Japanese Kimonos and Yukatas.

Here are the TOP FIVE BEST SELLERS for May 2022:

  • Yukata – White Moji
  • Yukata – Dragon and Hawk
  • Happi Coat – Blue Koi
  • Kimono – Black Dragon and Tiger
  • Black Kimono – Samurai Robe

What do all of these have in common?  They are generally men’s robes, but it coincides with Father’s Day, so it isn’t unusual.  Before Mother’s Day, women’s robes outsell men’s by about five to one. Seasonal factors play a part in buying patterns. The main point we get out of it is that kimonos and Yukata always make great gift choices.

These beautiful robes aren’t something that is often purchased by an individual until they see one or are presented as a gift. Then all bets are off as customers see firsthand how comfortable and regal they make you feel. The history behind Japanese Kimonos is fascinating. Tie this in with cultural significance, styles, patterns, and symbolism and it is a wonder why everyone in America isn’t wearing one today.

Chopa carries a wide selection of robes in 100% cotton. This is very popular among our customers because they love the easy-care feature and the fact they are machine washable. If you are searching for a kimono or yukata, you have come to the right place. Our online Kimono Shop is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  We never close. Shop online now.

                        White Moji Yukata

Where To Buy A Kimono (Part 1)

June 5th, 2022

Buying a Japanese Kimono used to be difficult, often requiring a visit to Japan. As the popularity of these popular robes grew so did the buying choices of consumers. Today, there are many options when purchasing a kimono or yukata, but doing your research and educating yourself is essential. There are tell-tale signs when a dealer is being dishonest. You need to know where to look.

There are hundreds of dealers on the web today offering rainbows and unicorns. Unfortunately, many deliver headaches and disappointment. Chopa – Your Kimono Source has been an online retailer of Japanese robes since 1994. We were one of the first to do so and also one of the first to offer Plus-Sized, Short Kimono, known as Happi Coats, as well as Tall and Wide sizing. Some customers call us Kimono Pioneers.

Like shopping for anything on the Internet, finding a reputable dealer and buying something sight unseen can be daunting. When we began offering Japanese Kimono Yukata 29 years ago, our mission was to make it easy, and painless, and to take the guesswork out of kimono shopping. It was our goal to be upfront, honest and forthcoming with policies, pricing, and service.  We are proud to say, we still hold these convictions today.

We have conversations with customers every week asking us for help with a transaction they made with a dealer in Japan, China, Bali, and even on Amazon and Etsy. These customers thought they found a deal or believed their kimono was more authentic by purchasing it from an overseas dealer.  What many came to find out is that many unscrupulous retailers offer something other than advertised, inaccurate pricing, service, and shipping times.

A common complaint is that the kimono they bought wasn’t made in Japan, but rather in China.  The fabric was different, and the prints and colors were not what was advertised online. If the robe didn’t fit, which is a common complaint we hear, they get nowhere with the dealer attempting to return or exchange it. This is always disheartening to our staff as we want everyone to enjoy the art and beauty of the world of kimonos.

Unfortunately, since we are not part of this shady cast of characters that mislead and misguide unsuspecting customers, we cannot do much.  What we can do and are happy to help is offer advice and suggestions on how they might solve their problem. Where we can do the most good for people with questions is if they ask us questions before making a purchase. We have several simple things to look for and ask before handing over the credit card to finalize their purchase. Here are a few of those things we would look for and or ask the dealer directly.

Location. Where is the dealer located?

Are they actually in Japan? Many dealers mention Japan throughout their websites but are operating in China, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, or other regions. Realize that just because they claim they are located in Japan, doesn’t always ring true. We have come across numerous websites that claim Japan as their headquarters, yet they are operating in China and are selling Chinese-made kimonos.

Origin. Where was the Kimono made?

This is one of the most common false or elusive elements of the dishonest dealer. They will state “Japanese” Kimono, “Japanese Style”, “Kyoto” Kimono, etc. It sounds legitimate that you would be expecting the kimono was made in Japan, but in fact, it is being shipped from China and was made in China. This ties back to the location. Where are they operating from?  It is highly unlikely you will find a dealer in China, selling Japanese-made kimonos.  We have searched hundreds of listings and have never located such.

Just because the listing title says Japanese Kimono, does not mean it was made in Japan. Any reputable dealer will list the origin in the “About” section that describes the robe. If you are unable to locate it quickly, we usually say, run, don’t walk to the exit. There is only one reason a retailer won’t disclose the origin upfront in plain English, clearly and distinctly. That is because they are not being honest. If they are being dishonest about the origin, what else are they going to lie about?  The list goes on and can become very lengthy.

We will continue this Blog and reveal additional puzzles to solve to know whether you are about to be tricked, duped, or outright lied to. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us and we will do our best to address your concerns. Buying a kimono is easy, buying from the right dealer is the key to happiness and a pleasant shopping experience.  This is what we thrive on. Shop our online Kimono Shop anytime, we are always open and it never closes.

 

Hanu Garden Kimono

Japanese Symbolism in Kimonos

May 30th, 2022

The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment with a rich history and symbolism. Dating back to the Heian period, kimonos were originally worn by the nobility and upper class as a status symbol. Over time, kimonos became more widely available. They continued to be associated with important occasions and formal events. Today, kimonos are still worn for special occasions, but they have also become popular as fashion wear. Kimonos are worn daily around the home or for special events and a night out. Yukata, or casual kimonos, are often worn during summer festivals or at hot springs.

Japanese kimonos are frequently decorated with colorful patterns and symbols that hold special meanings. Many of these symbols are derived from nature, such as flowers and animals. Other common symbols include waves, mountains, and cherry blossoms. Each symbol has its significance, and kimono designers take care to create unique combinations that will convey the desired message. For example, a kimono adorned with images of Mt. Fuji and waves might be meant to represent the strength and beauty of Japan. In this way, the symbolism of the kimono can be used to communicate messages of respect, admiration, or even love.

SYMBOLS FOUND IN KIMONOS AND WHAT THEY REPRESENT

Kimonos and yukatas are traditional Japanese robes that often feature a variety of symbols. These symbols can represent a wide range of concepts, from the natural world to aspects of the wearer’s personality. Common motifs include trees, flowers, and animals. The crane, for example, is a symbol of good luck, while the dragon represents strength and power. Pine trees are associated with longevity, and cherry blossoms represent the ephemeral nature of life. In addition to these traditional symbols, kimonos and yukatas may also feature more modern designs, such as geometric patterns or abstract shapes. No matter what the design, each kimono or yukata is a work of art that reflects the taste and personality of the wearer.

HOW TO INTERPRET THE SYMBOLISM WHEN LOOKING AT A KIMONO

The kimono is one of the most iconic garments in Japanese culture. Originally reserved for special occasions, kimonos are now worn by men, women, and children daily. Though the kimono has undergone many changes over the centuries, it remains an important part of Japanese life. When looking at a kimono, there are several things to keep in mind. Originally, the kimono was usually made of silk, which is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Today, cotton is the most common choice due to its easy-care qualities and price. The kimono is often brightly colored and decorated with intricate patterns. These patterns can be symbolic of different things, such as nature or the seasons. Finally, the kimono is traditionally worn with a sash called an obi. The obi can be tied in different ways, each of which has its meaning. By keeping these things in mind, you can begin to interpret the symbolism of the kimono.

KIMONOS WITH INTRICATE PATTERNS

One of the most famous kimonos is the ume kimono, which features a pattern of plum blossoms. The plum blossom is a symbol of resilience and strength, as it is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring after a long winter. Another popular kimono is the Kiku kimono, which features chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums are associated with royalty in Japan, and they are also considered to be lucky flowers. Kimonos with these types of patterns are often worn by brides on their wedding day.

THE FUTURE OF JAPANESE SYMBOLISM AND ITS POTENTIAL INFLUENCE ON WESTERN FASHION

There is no doubt that Japanese fashion is having a moment. Celebrities and everyday people alike are embracing the kimono, yukata, and other Japanese-inspired garments. But what does the future hold for this trend?

Some experts believe that Japanese symbolism will continue to grow in popularity, especially among young people. With the rise of social media, it’s easier than ever to connect with others who share your interests. And as more and more people adopt Japanese fashion as their own, the influence of Japanese culture on the Western world is likely to increase.

So what does this mean for Western fashion? It’s impossible to say for sure. But we may see more Japanese-inspired clothing and accessories in the years to come. Perhaps we’ll even see a resurgence of kimono-wearing in the West! Only time will tell. The kimono is a truly unique article of clothing, and it continues to be an important part of Japanese culture.

Chopa – Your Kimono Source offers a wide variety of Japanese Kimono, Yukata, and short-length Happi Coats. Shop online now!

                      Beautiful Kimonos

The Meaning Behind Japanese Kimono Symbolism

May 21st, 2022

Japan is a country that has been around for centuries. Over the decades, they developed their own unique culture, and the country is known worldwide as “the land of the rising sun.” Japan is a fascinating place that holds one of the largest economies in Asia and produces some incredible technology, art, food, and more. The people are polite, humble yet firm with their beliefs. This is what makes it an interesting destination to visit or live in.

What do you think of when you hear the word “kimono”? For most people, the first thing that comes to mind is a traditional Japanese dress worn by women. However, did you know that kimonos have a rich history and meaning behind their patterns? In this post, we will take a closer look at some of the most popular kimono patterns and what they represent.

Kimono and yukata robes are an important part of Japanese culture. Kimonos come in a variety of colors and designs, each with its own unique story to tell. Some of the most popular patterns include flowers, birds, and animals. While the specific meanings vary depending on the design, several themes are commonly found in kimono patterns. The Japanese language is rich with patterns and symbols. The kimono, for example, wouldn’t be so fascinating without these magnificent historical designs that constitute the beauty of Japan’s art culture.

Here are just some of the popular symbols and their meanings:

The peony flower is considered the queen of flowers in Japan. Its tranquility and beauty have made it an ideal symbol for many cultures. This is especially true of those with rich histories like China or Persia. They use this plant to make perfume among other things. The peony is a flower that symbolizes femininity and prosperity in Japan. The legend says it’s lucky to have this plant as your friend because not only does the bloom represent love but also honor.

The Dragon is an ancient creature that has been associated with water, sky, and clouds for centuries. They are often considered deities in Japan, a symbol of strength and power as well as luck and good fortune. The people who worshiped dragons believed that these creatures could control the weather, and bring rain and floods. They could bring relief from drought by swimming in the water and protecting farmers’ crops.

The koi fish is a symbol of love, perseverance, and courage. The word “koi” translates to ‘carp’ in English and is used because of their migratory habits. Koi migrate up streams and rivers from low-lying areas to reach higher ground. Reaching their goal symbolizes courage. Koi have beautifully colored scales and can become even more colorful as they reach adulthood. This makes it an ideal decoration on Japanese fabrics because of how aesthetically pleasing these designs can be done by skilled artisans.

The plum tree is an evergreen that grows in dry areas. It becomes the first to bloom at the beginning of each new season. The pink or white petals of the plum blossom have five rounds with a delicate fragrance similar to jasmine. They symbolize health and renewal because they come back again after blooming once more proving their beauty through evolution, grace, and elegance.

Butterflies are a symbol of good luck and prosperity. They also represent transformation, with the caterpillar turning into an adult butterfly after several days or weeks. The meaning behind this popular insect is that it’s lucky because of its metamorphosis. The transformation from caterpillar to adult insect reminds us that we must always be ready to change our lives to achieve what we desire most: happiness.

The crane is a monogamous bird that symbolizes longevity and good fortune. Long associated with happy marriages, if two cranes are seen, then it suggests a long life together with a partner. Today, people believe these creatures bring luck with them when they fly into homes or businesses because their legs mean longevity.

Chopa – Your Kimono Source is proud to bring these colorful and symbolic patterns to our customers. As a direct importer of fine quality kimonos and yukatas since 1994, we share our love of these beautiful works of art with anyone who finds the beauty within. This is but a small sampling of kimono symbolism. Keep watch for our next post with additional symbols and explanations.  Shop our online store 24 hours a day to discover the kimono and symbolism that most intrigues you.

Koi Fish, courtesy of Quang Nguyen Vinh