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Where To Buy Kimonos – August 2022

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

When it comes to finding the perfect kimono, it helps to find the right selection. And with so many different styles and designs available, it can be tough to know which one is right for you. If you’re looking for something that will make a statement, then a best-selling kimono is the way to go. These kimonos are popular for a reason, and they’re sure to turn heads wherever you go. So if you’re looking for something special, take a suggestion from fellow customers like yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

Here is a list of our Top Five Best-Selling Kimonos and Yukatas for August 2022.

1) Black Kimono Samurai Robe

Looking for a stylish and comfortable way to relax, meditate,  or practice martial arts? Look no further than the Black Kimono Samurai Robe. This Japanese kimono is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re attending a special event or ceremony, or simply winding down at home after a long day. Crafted from 100% cotton broadcloth, it’s densely woven for added durability and features a lustrous face that feels smooth and luxurious against your skin. Plus, the traditional kimono design is sure to turn heads wherever you go. Give yourself the peace of mind you deserve with the Black Kimono Samurai Robe.

2) Shodo Yukata

The Shodo Yukata is made of 100% cotton with a shrink-resistant finish, making it both comfortable and durable. The gold and white calligraphy against the black background is both elegant and eye-catching. Whether you’re looking for a robe to wear around the house or something to wear to a special event, the Shodo Yukata is a perfect choice.

3) Dragon and Mt Fuji Blue

The Japanese artist’s dragon and Mt Fuji yukata is an eye-catching piece of clothing that is sure to please anyone who sees it. The blue background with the dragons, gold calligraphy symbols, and Mt Fuji is a beautiful sight, and the expert craftsmanship of the Japanese clothiers is evident in every detail. The yukata is made of 100% cotton and has a shrink-resistant finish, making it easy to care for. It’s machine washable, so you can keep it looking like new with minimal effort. Whether you’re wearing it to a special event or just lounging around at home, this yukata is sure to make you feel like a million yen.

4) Plum Blossom and Finch

Looking for something special to wear? Check out our plum blossom and finch yukata. This beautiful Japanese robe was inspired by a lush garden filled with colorful plum blossoms and graceful finches. The plum blossom symbolizes hope, renewal, and vitality, while the finch represents kindness and charm. The cobalt blue background highlights the soft blossoms on branches. Whether you’re attending a special event or just want to feel extra fabulous, our plum blossom and finch yukata are sure to make you stand out from the crowd. This yukata is very popular for outdoor weddings and bridesmaid gowns.

5) Great Wave Purple

Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave is one of the most famous and influential pieces of Japanese art in the world. Created in 1831, it features a powerful wave crashing against a mountainside. The use of Japanese woodblock printing techniques gives the piece a unique look that has inspired countless other artists.

This yukata, or light summer kimono, features a vibrant purple, gray, black, and white print based on The Great Wave. It’s perfect for any fan of Hokusai’s work or anyone who wants to feel the power of nature while they stay cool in the summer heat. Made from 100% cotton, this yukata is comfortable and breathable, making it ideal for hot days or evenings spent strolling through town or enjoying a festive event.

So make a splash with our Great Wave Yukata!

See our entire line of colorful, stylish and beautiful Japanese kimonos and yukatas online.  Order anytime, and receive fast and free shipping on orders of $75 or more anywhere in the USA.

black kimono for men

             Black Kimono Samurai Robe

Learn About Kimonos From A Pro (Part 2)

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Ron Irving is a Managing Partner of Chopa – Your Kimono Source. Established in 1994, Chopa continues to be a leading provider of authentic Japanese Kimonos and Yukata robes.  Ron recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with a live audience at a business trade show.  We are pleased to share some excerpts from this fascinating interview. This is part 2.

How do you know which kimono or yukata to wear?

I like to tell people it is a personal choice. With that, there are some caveats. The Japanese kimono was originally a formal garment most commonly made of silk. It was typically worn by women on important occasions, such as weddings and funerals. Yukata, on the other hand, are casual kimonos that are made of lighter materials, such as cotton, linen, or polyester. Yukata are typically worn in the summer months and at festivals. Because they are less formal than kimonos, yukata are more commonly seen in everyday life.

When choosing a kimono or yukata, it is important to consider the occasion. If you are attending a wedding or funeral, it is appropriate to wear a kimono. For more casual occasions, such as summer festivals, a yukata would be more appropriate. And if you’re not sure which one to wear, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and go with a kimono.

With these guidelines in mind, you’ll be sure to find the perfect kimono or yukata for any occasion. If you are wearing it at home or small gatherings with friends and family, either style works. In the western world, we tend to prefer comfort over all else.

What’s the difference between kimonos and yukatas?

Kimonos and yukatas are both Japanese garments that are worn on special occasions. However, there are some key differences between the two. Japanese kimonos are made from a variety of different materials, including silk, cotton, and linen. They are often brightly colored and feature intricate patterns.

Yukatas, on the other hand, are made from a single piece of fabric and are typically made of cotton. The fabric is also much lighter, making it more comfortable to wear in warm weather. In addition, kimonos are generally more formal than yukatas and are often worn to weddings and other special events. Yukatas, on the other hand, can be worn for a variety of different occasions, including festivals and fireworks displays.

What is your favorite Japanese kimono?

That isn’t a fair question. Japanese kimonos are some of the most beautiful and intricate garments in the world. I have always been fascinated by their design. If I had to select a favorite I would go with a yukata. Yukata are made of lightweight cotton, and they are typically worn in the summer. They are also often worn at Japanese festivals.

I love the way that yukata flows when you wear them, and I love the bright, vibrant colors that are typically used in their design. Kimono yukata are truly works of art, and I am proud to own one. I am normally warmer-blooded so the lighter-weight style works best for me. It is a personal choice. I always recommend that customers buy what they like and prefer. Don’t let someone else’s style or opinion influence you.

What do you think sets Japanese kimonos apart from other types of traditional clothing around the world?  

Japanese kimonos are renowned for their beauty and elegance, setting them apart from other types of traditional clothing around the world. Formal kimonos are made of high-quality silk, which is dyed using a variety of methods to create intricate patterns. The kimono is also cut in a way that flatters the figure, and it is usually worn with an obi or sash, that cinches the waist.

In addition, Japanese kimonos are often accessorized with beautiful jewelry and hair combs. Yukata are a type of Japanese kimono that are made of lighter fabric and are typically worn in the summer. Kimono yukata are a hybrid of the two, and they are made of medium-weight fabric that can be worn in either spring or autumn. No matter what the season, Japanese kimonos are always a fashion statement.

This is Part two in a series. Ron Irving has been an integral part of Chopa for many years. His understanding of the kimono has been so beneficial to our company and our customers.  Shop our online store 24 hours a day. Check back again soon for Part 3 of his interview.

yellow womens kimono

                    Beautiful Kimonos

Best Selling Kimono and Yukata

Saturday, 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

Where to Buy a Kimono (Part 2)

Friday, 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

Where To Buy A Kimono (Part 1)

Sunday, 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

The Meaning Behind Japanese Kimono Symbolism

Saturday, 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

Top Selling Kimonos in April 2022.

Sunday, May 8th, 2022

With Father’s Day approaching, students’ graduations, birthdays, and weddings abound, why not make your life easier and give a Japanese kimono or Yukata as a gift?

Chopa is Your Kimono Source and the perfect place to find an authentic Japanese kimono robe as a gift for any occasion. Our online selection has something for everyone, with dozens of colors, patterns, and sizes to choose from. Plus, we offer free shipping on orders of $75 or more to anywhere in the USA. This includes Alaska and Hawaii.

A Kimono Yukata make the perfect gift because it can be worn for all sorts of occasions. Whether special events like weddings and graduations to everyday activities like running errands or lounging around the house. With our huge selection of kimonos and yukatas, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your loved ones. Japanese kimonos are the perfect way to show your loved ones how much you care.

If you are uncertain about which kimonos or Yukata to buy, we invite you to read on and see what our customer’s favorite choices are.  Each month, we publish the Top five selling kimonos list.  This allows all of our customers the chance to see what is hot, what is popular, and what others think was the best that month. Remember, the best thing about kimono shopping is that it is an individual decision.  No one person can decide what you should wear. Often customers think about their own personal traits or the gift recipients and that helps them decide what theme would be most meaningful.

Here are the TOP 5 SELLING KIMONO and YUKATA for April 2022:

Yukata – Navy Tsuru – This beauty is actually being retired.  The producer of the fabric has decided it has done its job and it was time to move on. We disagree because it was a long-time favorite of ours and many customers, but it is what it is. It is also on clearance, so long-time customers took advantage of the discount. It is still available in two sizes until they are gone forever.

Blue Koi Yukata – This blue and white yukata has a unique design of Koi fish swimming in the water. The fish is highly respected in Japan and translates to affection and love. In Buddhism koi represent courage. A long term favorite of customers, it frequently makes the top ten list. This style is also a favorite of interior decorators who like to frame them under glass and display on a wall.  It really sets off a discussion when people come to visit. Nothing says Japan like a kimono.

Yukata – Eternal Chain – Symbolic in so many ways, this yukata has always been a core fixture in our online kimono shop. Chains that form a never-ending circle symbolize eternity. Eternal chains are symbolic of life, hope, and strength. The connectivity has no beginning or end and will go around in a circle forever. It may reflect your happiness with life, a situation in your career, a mantra you recite, something motivational, or our never-ending love for someone close to us, perhaps a spouse or significant other.

Yukata – Dragon and Bamboo – The story behind a kimono pattern often resonates with the buyer or the wearer in a special way. This cotton yukata is no different. The dragon and bamboo have been considered symbols of beauty and endurance throughout Japanese history into modern times. The dragon symbolizes water and is known for strength. Bamboo represents endurance and is believed to attract luck and prosperity. The navy blue and white color palette complements the water deity design of this robe

Yukata – Dragon and Hawk – If you want history and a lesson in life, this is the robe for you. This Japanese robe features two highly symbolic characters: the dragon and the hawk. The men’s yukata can be worn during celebrations, festivals, or lounging at home while cooling down from an afternoon of work in the sweltering heat! Yukata are versatile and can be used as a cover-up at the pool or after a bath or shower.

We invite you to shop our online store for dozens of patterns, colors, and sizes including plus-size and short-length robes. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect robe.

koi fish yukata from Japan

                              Blue Koi Yukata

TOP SELLING KIMONOS

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Can you say Time Flies?  We sure can.  It seemed like just a week ago, we published the previous month’s list of Top Selling Japanese Kimonos and Yukatas on our online Kimono Shop. We must be getting older or perhaps we are moving a bit slower.  It has been a busy few weeks as our Spring Kimono order arrived.  It took several flights from Japan, several more transfers across the USA, and finally four different days of deliveries to our warehouse in Florida.

The good news is that everything is now up on the website and ready for fast shipping. Quick shipping is something we are proud of and something we take seriously to make sure our customers receive their purchases as quickly as possible.  After all, who wants to wait for something they order online? For most orders, 99.9% ship within one business day of order receipt, and many orders ship the same day.

We are still adjusting to the new arrivals and space is a bit tight in some areas of the warehouse.  Unpacking all of those cartons and boxes takes time. After 28 years of operating this business, we know how valuable it is to keep our nose to the grindstone and persevere. In time, everything is unpacked and securely stocked on our long lines of shelves.

So let’s go to the Top Sellers. Without further delay, the Best Selling Kimonos and Yukatas for March 2022 were:

1) BLACK KIMONO SAMURAI ROBE

2)  NAVY KAGOME YUKATA

3) TREE OF LIFE YUKATA

4) DRAGON AND BAMBOO YUKATA

5) NAVY HANA YUKATA

To all of the customers who purchased these styles, we say congratulations, you have great taste in Japanese robes. Let’s take a quick peek at these five best sellers.

Black Kimono Samurai Robe. This is a long-time favorite among our customers.  This kimono is all black and produced in 100% broadcloth.  Broadcloth is often used in high-end dress shirts. It features densely woven threads that produce a crisper feel than traditional cotton fabric and has a soft, smooth feel.  It stays cooler in the warmer months and softens within a few washing cycles. As with all of our robes, we recommend cold water washing. This helps to extend the life of the fabric and design. This handsome robe is available in four sizes.

Navy Kagome Yukata. This men’s yukata is one of our most popular year-round. Kagome translates in Japan to woven bamboo and that is the inspiration for this distinctive Japanese design. Produced in 100% cotton in a dark navy blue and white color palette. This Japanese yukata has an artistic rendition of bamboo silhouetted against subtle contrasting circles that brings to mind old-world craftsmanship and simplicity. The Kagome yukata makes a great Father’s Day gift or Graduation present.

Tree of Life Yukata. This stylish yukata for men displays a geometric design well known in Japan as a tortoise print. Seen in Japanese clothing and textiles since 2000 B.C., makes it one of the oldest symbols known today. The samurai used this pattern as it represented stability; therefore, its popularity can be traced back over 200 years ago. In old Japan, warriors wore these robes on special occasions such as holidays or battles. Because the style represents longevity, it will be an excellent addition to your wardrobe that you can enjoy for years to come!

Dragon and Bamboo Yukata. Expertly crafted in Japan of 100% soft cotton with a shrink-resistant finish. The dragon is considered a symbol of endurance and strength.  The dragon is a water deity. Bamboo is known for its beauty and is believed to attract luck and prosperity. The navy blue and white design complements the water deity theme of this robe.

Navy Hana Yukata. Hana translates to flower in Japan.  This Japanese artist-designed print features beautiful floral images melded with a striped bamboo print. The sophisticated pattern includes circles of flowers. The circle symbolizes Enso which means the body and mind are in a perfect state of “flow.”  Produced in a navy and white design, this yukata is always a good choice for lady’s yukatas.

If you are interested in these or any of our other 100+ designs and styles of Japanese Kimono, yukatas, or short-length kimonos called Happi Coats, click the link to visit our Online Kimono Shop.  Thank you for reading.

                    Black Kimono Samurai Robe

Fabrics Used in Kimonos

Saturday, April 2nd, 2022

Japanese kimonos are comfortable and stylish to wear. Kimonos are traditional Japanese clothing that was originally worn by a woman to cover their bodies during the Edo era. They have evolved somewhat over the many years and revived as a fashion trend now, especially in Tokyo where you can find many stores offering kimonos with all sorts of other trendy pieces.

Made from long pieces of fabric, Kimonos are sewn together along straight seams. A collar is attached to give it shape around the neck. The kimono is not cut specifically for each wearer but rather folds and drapes over them like a bathrobe and is held in place by tying an obi or sash around the hips and waist.

What is a common fabric used to make a kimono? Answers will vary but the most common ones made for today are cotton, cotton sateen, cotton slub,  broadcloth, and silk sateen.

Cotton:

Cotton fabric is a favorite among many for its natural qualities. Cotton fibers are derived from seeds surrounding the flower of the cotton plants. These fiber strands come out in rounded formation when mature in colors ranging from white to light brown depending on geography and growing conditions.

This textile doesn’t contain any synthetic compounds, which means that it’s chemically organic. Cotton fabric is one of the most commonly used fabrics in the world. This material is very appealing because it can be used to make light or heavyweight clothing like shirts, sheets, pajamas, dresses, blouses, jackets, and especially Japanese kimono and yukata robes.

Cotton Sateen:

Sateen is a cotton fabric with a luster resembling that of satin. This fabric has the smoothness and glossiness that you would expect from satin. Cotton sateen is produced with the highest quality threads. It is among the most expensive cotton materials available.

It is highly breathable and has increased wear resistance because it has higher thread counts which give them durability without being too thin like some cheaper options. This material is often used to make sheets, pillowcases, and other items like the kimono yukata.

Cotton Slub:

Shantung or Slub cotton fabric has a unique look and feel. It contains spun cotton fibers providing a ribbed design effect. Slubbed yarns are woven into the material. This produces a durable, nubby fabric that maintains an airy feel with a textured and visual attraction.

Slub cotton is also called Tianzhu cotton in Japanese. This natural linen possesses better breathability than ordinary plain-knit cotton, making it an excellent choice for hot summer days and nights. Many customers like the look of this fabric for its retro appearance. It is more expensive than traditional cotton.

Broadcloth:

This fabric is typically used for clothing. It’s a sturdy, yet thin and medium weight fabric that can be found on everything from shirts to blouses or even bed sheets. Broadcloth fabric can be used for many different things. It’s tightly woven and very sturdy, making it perfect to use in the crafting industry or as an everyday shirt material because of its quality construction. High-end dress shirt makers often turn to broadcloth to make their best dress shirts.

Broadcloth clothing typically doesn’t need to be dry-cleaned. However, may need ironing or steaming to maintain its crisp, smooth appearance. Broadcloth will release odors easily in the wash. It is recommended to wash in cold water on the gentle cycle or washing by hand and tumble dry on low.

Silk Sateen:

Cherished for centuries, Silk Sateen has long been a popular choice. It’s made from the finest fibers and has long been respected as a finer fabric because it is woven from silk filament fibers. A Sateen Weave refers to a weaving technique in which three threads are woven over one thread.

This results in a smooth and sensual feel when running across the hand or body. Sateen fabric isn’t cheap. Silk runs on the higher end, to begin with, and when made into the finished sateen material, the labor increases the cost.  Silk is a natural lightweight material that is very breathable and dries fast. Silk fabric regulates body temperatures well, so you feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This temperature-regulating feature is one of the reasons silk is in demand. Shop for Kimonos and Yukatas online.

            Silk feels good on the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Chopa – Your Kimono Source is a leading online provider of authentic Japanese Kimono and yukata since 1994.  We receive many inquiries and questions each day and thought it would be informative to share some of these on our Blog.  If you want to learn more about Kimono, yukata, and Happi Coats, see our FAQ section on our website.

WHY SHOP WITH US?

There are many reasons to shop with Chopa because we are your Kimono Source. First is our reputation. Entering our 29th year in business, we are a leading online retailer of authentic Japanese Kimono and Yukata. Our customers provide us with many referrals and repeat business.  That alone speaks for itself. Some love our large selection with over 100 styles, prints, and sizes available. Others appreciate our fast shipping, while some love Free Shipping anywhere in the USA on orders of $75.00 or more. Combining any of these services along with our home office being based in the USA, it’s easy to see why customers shop with us.

HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER?

Shopping with us is easy, safe, and secure.  Just visit our online kimono store anytime, anywhere. Our Kimono Shop never closes and you can browse, shop, and purchase kimono and yukata 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SHIP A KIMONO?

Most orders ship within one business day and many ship the same day. We pride ourselves on fast shipping and work diligently to expedite orders. We are located in the Northwest Panhandle of Florida and ship six days per week. We are a professional, full-time business that understands the need for a quick turnaround of your order. Some companies only ship a few days per week. Others are located in other countries like Japan, Taiwan, Korea, or China. From the feedback we receive from customers, many of these foreign-based companies lie about quick shipping and fail to deliver promptly.

Common complaints we hear from customers buying a kimono from an Asian-based company are lack of service, the long shipping times, and the inability to receive a response or reply from those businesses.  This is something we deplore in any business and always respond to our customers quickly, timely, and responsibly. Another complaint we hear about buying from an overseas company is the difficulty of returning an item.  Most customers say it is impossible.

DO I HAVE TO REGISTER OR SET UP AN ACCOUNT ON YOUR SITE?

No.  We never force our customers to store information on our website.  There is an option to establish an account and some customers choose to do so, but it is not mandatory. It is offered simply as a convenience for our customers.  The majority of customers who opt-in for an account are frequent buyers of our fine robes.  They often gift them to their business customers, shop for theater groups or hospitality companies.  We have several customer groups that rent homes, condos, and beach retreats, and provide their vacation renters with complimentary kimonos, Yukata, and Happi Coats. The bottom line is that you can purchase robes as a guest or establish an online account. The choice is yours.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

Chopa accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and PayPal. If you use PayPal, you can also use American Express. We use state-of-the-art technology including SSL, Secure Socket Layer platforms. All information is encrypted and payment information is never stored on our servers or computers. We also accept mail orders via checks or money orders.  We do not accept cash and never advise customers to send credit card information through email or mail.

HOW MUCH IS SHIPPING?

Orders of $75.00 or more ship Free anywhere in the USA including Alaska and Hawaii. Orders less than $75.00 are charged a nominal fee of $6.95 for one robe. We also ship internationally and the cost is listed in the shopping cart at checkout. The amount varies depending on the country and weight of the package.

DO YOU CHARGE SALES TAX ON PURCHASES?

Yes, we collect sales tax on orders shipped within the state of Florida.  We do not collect taxes in other states. While sales tax isn’t collected in other states, this doesn’t mean that you may not owe sales tax. Many municipalities require purchasers to self-report and pay their own.  You can check with your state to determine if this is required.

WHY DON’T YOU CHARGE CUSTOMS, DUTIES, TAXES, and IMPORT FEES ON ORDERS LIKE OTHER COMPANIES DO?

This question is common and the reason is that we have taken care of all import fees for you if you reside in the USA.  If you purchase a kimono or yukata from a business in Japan or another foreign country, you are subject to these costs. The package is an import and you are responsible for customs taxes, import duties, import fees, and other accessorial charges imposed by the government and the carrier for handling the cost of collecting.  Chopa is a direct importer and we pay all of these costs when we receive an order from one of our partners in Japan. This is another reason, customers like to shop with us. You won’t receive a surprise bill with your order. Our reputation stands on its own and we take the guesswork out of online kimono shopping. Shop with confidence when you shop with us.

Chopa makes online kimono shopping easy!

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