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Celebrating the Lunar New Year: Welcoming in the Year of the Rabbit

Sunday, January 8th, 2023

Every year, millions of people around the world celebrate the start of a new year. In many parts of Asia, there is a special celebration that takes place, the Lunar new year. This year marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit. With it arrives all sorts of wonderful festivities. To commemorate this joyous occasion, people often wear new kimonos for luck. They also set off fireworks, and plan festive meals. The goal is to make the most to celebrate this magical time. Let’s take a closer look at some of these beloved traditions.

Decorating Outdoor Areas
One way that people welcome the Lunar new year is by decorating their outdoor areas. Decorations often feature symbols meaningful to that year. For instance, during this coming new year, the décor will include rabbits for luck. People also decorate with other symbols associated with tranquility, and creativity. This tradition symbolizes good fortune for both individuals and families as they enter into this fresh start.

Wearing New Kimonos
Nothing says “new beginning” like a brand-new outfit. During the Lunar new year celebrations, many people choose to wear kimonos in bright colors such as red or yellow. These colors represent long-lasting luck throughout life. In addition to being beautiful pieces of art themselves, kimonos have a great deal of cultural significance. They are often seen as a sign of respect towards those who celebrate this joyous event with you. You can find the perfect kimono for yourself at this online kimono shop.

Setting Off Fireworks
Another way people joyfully welcome the new beginning is with fireworks! Of course, fireworks can be dangerous if not handled properly. But when used correctly they can be just one more way to make this special time even more memorable. Use caution whether shooting them off on your own or watching a public display. When lighting up the night sky, it’s hard not to feel excited when you hear those loud bangs! The colorful bursts can be mesmerizing.

Celebrate The New Beginning
Celebrating the Lunar new year is an age-old tradition in parts of Asia. It continues today just as strongly as ever before. There are so many wonderful ways to take part in this important event. From decorating outdoor areas with special symbols to wearing new kimonos for luck. And finally setting off firework displays.

Family members, friends, and acquaintances from far and near come together specifically for this magical time every single year. It can also serve as an important reminder for us all about how precious these moments are. It reminds us how we need to cherish every single one we have left together. So why not join in on these beloved traditions for yourself?  Celebrate your own personal ‘new beginning’ today!

2023 – The Year of the Rabbit

How To Buy a Kimono Online

Sunday, December 18th, 2022

We frequently receive questions from friends and customers about how to buy a kimono. Sometimes they ask where to buy a kimono and what should someone know when buying a kimono.  Let’s walk through some basics of purchasing an authentic Japanese kimono.

One of the most important aspects of buying a kimono is how you plan to wear it.  Is this for lounging? Are you attending an event? What is the event and when? If you simply love Japanese culture and want a kimono to wear as a robe or for lounging, then simple cotton robes are the best choice. Robes made of 100% cotton are easy to care for and good quality garments are machine washable.

A soft cotton kimono or lighter-weight yukata is wonderful for lounging around the house. After a soothing shower, slipping into a kimono is not only practical and easy but is extremely comfortable to wear. The distinctive designs place you in a mood and mind of your own. The designs can be very relaxing to the eye and help you remain calm and destressed after a long day. We often find people wearing one after a swim or as a coverup at the beach. Useful, practical, and stylish – that is what a kimono is all about.

If you are seeking a kimono to wear to a ceremony or special event, a cotton robe is still a good choice. Cotton fabric is available in many grades and levels of quality. A tightly woven fabric with a decent cotton count makes for a long-lasting, frequently worn treasure. One you can wear often for many years. The type of design or print will be important depending on the event you attend. The design should flow with the ceremony or social gathering. Consider it similar to a wedding. How formal is the wedding? How formal is the event?  Be practical in your choice and you will not only look great but feel good too.

It is fairly easy to purchase a kimono today. As the popularity has increased, especially in the west, there has also been an influx of dealers or retailers offering these beautiful robes. Shopping online is the easiest. Locate a dealer that has a large selection, quick shipping, especially if you are in a hurry, and easy returns in case it doesn’t fit the exact way you like. One wants to be very careful when shopping online. Like buying anything there are unscrupulous dealers and below-standard retailers trying to take advantage of customers.

We prefer shipping with a dealer that has a long and extensive track record. After all, if a business has been around for over 20 years, it says something about them. In general, a business with a long history shows stability in the market place and their experience will help you find what you are looking for. We receive countless emails each month about foreign-based dealers and the bad experiences customers had with them.

Bad results from shopping overseas include lengthy transit and shipping times. Dealers may offer delivery in a few days but it actually takes over a month to arrive. Taxes, duties and import fees are another issue we hear about. The customer wasn’t told that there may be import taxes due and discover this when they get a bill for $10-$40 for these fees.

Returns seem to be an automatic nightmare for many. Countless unanswered emails and phone calls, translation issues and simple refusals to accept a return are common. Shipping a kimono back to Japan or Asia can be very expensive. Costs range from $25 and up to $45 depending on the level of service, weight, insurance and tracking services.

There are also many dealers who lie about the robes. They ship alternate patterns and prints, use a different fabric and sizing can be far different than what is advertised. A big deception that takes place is where the garment is made. While dealers may claim a Japanese origin, they are often made in China, Viet Nam or Pakistan.

In simple terms, locate a dealer based in the USA. Be sure their reviews provide a positive experience. Look at social media to see they are active and in steady business. Check their listings to see if the Japanese kimono is actually made in Japan. Verify their return policy. Are returns accepted without a lot of fine print and exclusions? Has the online retailer been in business at least 15 years or longer?  If the answer is yes, then you should have some confidence in making your purchase and having comfort that the dealer will honor their promise.

This online dealer has been a leading kimono specialist for nearly 30 years….https://www.chopa.com and has one of the best reputations around.

Floral kimono for women

Hanu Garden Kimono

Japanese Kimono Yukata Advice – Top Five Sellers

Saturday, December 10th, 2022

Are you looking for a new way to express your style? Do you want to show off the best version of yourself? Whether you prefer subtle or bold, there’s no denying that kimonos are an amazing way to stand out. Our customers have gone above and beyond to share their favorite choices. This provides us with insight into the ones they love the most.

From classic designs to modern silhouettes, kimonos come in an incredible variety of styles. To help you with your own wardrobe decisions, we tallied our customers based on actual sales. This is a great way to share their top five favorite kimono picks for November. Whether you’re looking for something unique and eye-catching, or prefer a more classical approach, it’s all here waiting to be discovered.

Check out our monthly list to find inspiration for your looks. Tailored for any occasion or aesthetic, we have the right style for you.

Read on to find our top five customer-loved kimonos!

Yukata – Tree of Life – This timeless geometric pattern has been a source of inspiration since the days of ancient Japan. Worn by warriors for special occasions like holidays and battles. It is one of the oldest symbols known today. Show your appreciation for a style that stands true to its legacy with this fantastically fashionable look.  You’ll be sure to love wearing this symbol of stability in your wardrobe for years on end.

Yukata – Eternal Chain – The beauty of eternal chains is that they signify something greater. Life, hope, strength, and love! They form a never-ending circle which can be interpreted in many ways. These timeless symbols can represent the joy we find in our everyday lives. They may inspire us to work towards meaningful goals. It’s even possible for them to evoke everlasting bonds with those closest to us like spouses and partners. Whatever your understanding may be, these powerful circles have much potential within their infinite boundaries!

Yukata – Dragon and Bamboo – Embrace the strength, beauty, and prosperity of Japanese culture with this stunning robe. Featuring vibrant navy blue and white hues to complement a symbolic water deity. The design is inspired by both dragon and bamboo – two revered symbols throughout Japan’s history. Rejoice in an endless source of luck as you do on your piece of cultural exchange from East to West.

Yukata – Blue Koi – Get ready to experience the beauty of this Japanese yukata. With its spectacular blue and white hues, this fabulous robe features a delightful Koi fish design that’s steeped in symbolism. As per regional tradition, these colorful swimmers symbolize affection, love, and courage. Woven into one gorgeous garment crafted from 100% cotton. With the shrink-resistant finish, it’s perfect for keeping you looking your best while feeling incredible comfort. So step out in style today.

Yukata – Plum Blossom and Finch – This exquisite Japanese robe captures the magnificent beauty of a picturesque garden. Its cobalt blue hue serves as an ideal backdrop to highlight its vibrant plum blossoms. The graceful finches bring their charm with them in cascades of colorful plumes. Their darling presence is representative of hope, renewal, and kindness – making this garment truly one-of-a-kind.

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be so difficult. Our customers have made it easy for you by letting us know through their purchases which kimonos and yukatas they like the best. If you’re still unsure about which one would be best for you or your gift recipient, take a look at our customer favorites and let us help you decide. Our five customer-favorite kimonos and yukatas are chosen by customers through actual sales. Sales speak louder than words when it comes to fashion. We make it easy to shop for gifts because we have something for everyone on your list. Shop our online store today.

koi fish yukata from Japan

                           Blue Koi Yukata

MOST POPULAR KIMONOS

Saturday, 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

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

Buying a Japanese Men’s Yukata?

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your loungewear wardrobe, then look no further than the Japanese yukata.

Do you find yourself looking for the best of both worlds? Comfort and style? That’s exactly how the yukata feels. Fashionable, yet functional. The Japanese yukata is more than just a robe. A yukata is a lighter-weight robe that can be worn during celebrations or festivals to show off its beauty while also serving as loungewear at home.

These Japanese robes have been around since ancient times for hundreds if not thousands of years. In modern times, the yukata has become a dominant factor in the world of loungewear. Made of high-quality soft cotton fabrics, it is breathable, not too heavy, and easy to wear and care for.

The gorgeous patterns and designs of authentic Japanese robes are created by distinguished artists in Japan. The designs incorporate original works with historic and traditional patterns. From tigers, Mt. Fuji, hawks, flowers, fish, mountains, trees, scenery, and similar nature-inspired objects, the result is a work of art that you can wear.

One of our more popular men’s yukata robes is the Dragon and Hawk design.   This men’s robe displays the dragon and hawk taking flight among Japanese Tsuri pines. Accented in gold and white and set against a black background. The robe has butterfly sleeves and a matching belt is included.

The Dragon is a powerful creature that can be found in different corners of the world. They are wise creatures that can be found all over our planet. Dragons are seen as guardians with destructive potential, but their protective nature symbolizes strength and bravery for those willing to take them on or need it most. This may explain why this animal has been associated so strongly over time by many cultures around our globe.

The way we see it now? Dragons represent intelligence and thus knowledge, creativity skills like artistry and design; moreover, they’re modest too: meaning shyness and modesty will come up when dealing directly with outside forces.

Because these dragons have been known fighters in battles past, long before any man was born, their spirit remains today among us humans because each one knows what bravery means.  They are bold fighters, and dragons represent a fighting spirit and nobility.

The Hawk is a bird of high spirits, great courage, and bravery. An old proverb says that “a wise hawk hides its talents.” Thus, the hawk is a clever creature that represents someone who’s successful but doesn’t believe in showing off all they have done. Instead, they maintain an airy estimation of what they can do best.

The Hawk pairs well with Dragons because they’re able to utilize these qualities for them not to get noticed by others. This aligns with what it means when paired together; the dragon symbolizes boldness alongside strength while also representing intelligence; this makes one a very talented but modest person!

Our authentic Dragon and Hawk yukata are skillfully crafted in Japan of high-quality 100% cotton with a shrink-resistant finish. This yukata is easy to care for and is comfortable to wear. We recommend cold water washing to extend the life of your robe and the beautiful design. It is available in four men’s sizes; Small/Medium, Large, Large/Tall, and XL/Wide.

Chopa – Your Kimono Source has been a leading online retailer since 1994. We are located in the USA and ship quickly from the northwest panhandle of Florida. Most orders ship within one business day. As a USA-based retailer, we have taken the hassles out of online Kimono shopping.

You can shop our Online Kimono Shop 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We offer a large selection of Japanese Kimono and Yukata robes for men, women, and kids. As a direct importer, we respond quickly and provide fast shipping.  Orders of $75 or more ship Free anywhere in the USA, including Alaska and Hawaii.

You will never pay customs, duties, or import taxes when shopping with us. We often hear the stories of customers who bought online from a dealer in Asia only to discover that shipping was not fast, but rather it took several weeks (if lucky) or months. Then they were faced with customs, duties, and import processing fees which added as much as 50% of the cost of the robe.

We also make returns simple and easy.  Don’t be fooled by the promise made by overseas dealers. A common complaint we hear is how they never respond or answer emails or worse yet, they refuse returns. Shipping a kimono back to Asia is expensive.

Shop our online store now!

dragon and hawk kimono yukata

              Dragon and Hawk Kimono Yukata