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BEST SELLING KIMONOS and YUKATAS – March 2023

Monday, April 17th, 2023

Shop from the top-selling Japanese kimonos and yukatas for March 2023, carefully selected by our customers. Find out for yourself why Chopa is your go-to source for quality Japanese traditional wear since 1994.

Each month we publish this “Best-Selling” list to enlighten and inform our customers about which robes are currently popular. By letting our customers judge, consumers receive unbiased, honest, and insightful information. By using actual sales figures, we let our customers have the final say.

Whether you are looking for a kimono or yukata for loungewear or something for a ceremony or special event, Chopa has what you are looking for. As a direct importer since 1994, Chopa continues to be a leading online dealer of high-quality Japanese robes. We offer a large selection of 100% cotton kimonos and yukatas for men, women, and kids. We invite you to shop our online store and discover why over 33,000 customers chose us to be their kimono source.

Here are the top-selling kimonos and yukatas for March:

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. Finely crafted in Japan of 100% cotton with a shrink-resistant finish. This robe is machine washable and we suggest cold water for best results and to extend the life of the fabric. The yukata features traditional butterfly sleeves and a matching belt is included. Available in five sizes.

Yukata – Tree of Life: This simple but elegant geometric print has been popular since 2000 B.C., making 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, when 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!

Yukata – Dragon and Bamboo: Yukata are comfortable to wear around the home while lounging or as a cover-up or bathrobe after a shower. They can also be worn to parties, festivals, and special events. The lightweight cotton fabric has a shrink-resistant finish making it easy to care for and machine washable. We recommend cold water for best results and to extend the life of your robe. A matching belt is included.

Yukata – Shodo: This men’s kimono-style robe features 3 famous names from Japanese history: Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japan’s second great unifier; Oda Nobunaga a Samurai warlord; and Tokugawa Ieyasu, a powerful shogun. These yukata cotton robes for men feature gold and white calligraphy, against a black background. Made in Japan of 100% cotton with a shrink-resistant finish.

Yukata – Black Cherry Blossom: Whether relaxing around the home or going on vacation, this long Japanese robe will become your favorite loungewear. These floral yukata are made in Japan of 100% cotton with a shrink-resistant finish. A palette of beautiful cherry blossoms is set against a black background. Easy to care for, machine washes cold for best results. Japanese yukata have become popular as loungewear. This cotton robe includes a matching belt.

 

koi fish yukata from Japan

Blue Koi Yukata

Things To Know About Kimonos

Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Shopping for kimonos can be a great way to explore Japanese culture and fashion. While kimonos may look quite similar, each one has its own unique features that vary based on who wears it. For men, kimono designs are subtle with subdued colors and patterns. Sometimes they are accompanied by a jacket and hakama pants.

Women’s kimonos also differ according to their age and where the kimono is worn. For instance, furisode kimonos are often selected for special events like Coming of Age ceremonies. Tomosode kimonos feature more subtle designs and family crests. On the other hand, houmongi kimonos are typically worn when making social visits or attending parties. Visiting a kimono shop is an enjoyable way to appreciate this traditional garb in all its varied forms.

Kimonos come in a wide range of fabrics, from ultra-luxurious silk kimonos to humble hemp kimonos. The most versatile are cotton kimonos and machine-washable polyester kimono blends. Silk kimonos are very formal. They are ordinarily reserved for special occasions like tea ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. On the other hand, yukata or cotton kimonos are more suited for the warmer months of the year. In fact, many men and women wear them to matsuris or summer festivals. Cotton kimonos tend to be more affordable than silk kimonos due to lower production and fabric costs.

Kimonos and yukatas are beautiful traditional Japanese garments. Each kimono is made up of eight rectangular strips cut from a single bolt of cloth, with enough material to wrap around your body. The length is hemmed. The robe is held in place with an obi, sash, or belt. It’s important to keep the kimono folded on the right side when wearing it. If folded left over right across your body, you’ll be representing the deceased for a funeral. With the proper knowledge, kimonos, and yukatas are an amazing way to add cultural flair.

Kimonos and kimono yukatas are much more than unique, exquisite pieces of clothing. They are wearable works of art. Each kimono is specially designed to represent a particular season or special occasion. For example, kimonos created for colder months typically feature heavier fabrics. Silk decorated with motifs of cherry blossom and maple leaves to reflect the changing climate are popular. Conversely, kimonos created for summer months tend to be made out of lighter fabrics. Cotton is frequently used with seasonal images like dragonflies and flowers. By wearing kimono yukatas, one can appreciate how fashion is designed to continuously reflect the beauty of nature.

When  cared for properly, kimonos can last a long time. In Japan, even across three generations. Kimonos are often decorated with kamon  or the family crest, making them the perfect gift to pass from mother to daughter or father to son. The oldest kimonos can be revived by kimono specialists to keep a piece of family history alive. These specialists will unstitch, wash, stretch, restitch, and restore the colors of the garment so that it looks brand new again. However, if you think a kimono is definitely on its last legs, you can still upcycle it. For instance, an obi can make a terrific table runner or be framed as a piece of art. Material can also be cut from torn or stained kimonos to make handbags and other accessories.

Kimonos and yukatas have stood the test of time as a beloved piece of traditional Japanese culture. Over centuries, kimonos have been worn and celebrated in Japan. But they have also reached international shores to become a staple wardrobe item on catwalks around the world. This proves how popular kimonos and yukatas are as these garments remain relevant to this day.

Kimonos can be expressed in multiple ways; from minimalistic attire for regular wear to imported fabrics for luxurious occasions. Therefore, it is more than possible to experiment with kimonos and have fun with them. No matter what reinventions kimono-lovers make and pass down through generations, it is important to recognize where this iconic garment originates from, The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan.

Floral kimono for women

Hanu Garden Kimono

Kimonos For Christmas Gifts

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

It’s that time of year again. The time when stores are filled with holiday shoppers, and the post office is flooded with long lines and packages. If you’re one of those people who always seem to end up with at the stores when the selection is poor and arrive at the Post Office when the lines are out the door, relax.  We have a solution for you.

Visit the Online Kimono Shop. Chopa.com is Your Kimono Source.  They carry a large selection of over 100 styles, patterns, colors, and sizes of authentic Japanese kimonos and Yukata robes. Founded in 1994, Chopa has been a leading online provider of Kimonos for 28 years. They are a direct importer of garments that are meticulously handcrafted by Japanese artisans in Japan. As a direct importer, they stock ample supplies of beautiful kimonos that are ready to ship, assuring that you won’t face long waits or lost mail from overseas.

Most orders ship within one business day of order receipt. The average transit time is 2-4 days. This applies to anywhere in the USA. With the holidays approaching and a vast increase of packages being shipped, it is always recommended to shop early.  Chopa also extends its Holiday Gift return policy to January 20th, 2023. This allows you to enjoy the holidays with friends and family.

Right now Chopa is offering a 10% discount on any purchase. Use coupon code 10OFF at checkout. The offer is for a limited time so take advantage of this savings offer now. Orders of $75.00 or more receive Free Shipping to anywhere in the USA, including Alaska and Hawaii. Orders below this threshold pay a nominal and reasonable charge of just $6.95 – $8.95. Unlike many other retailers, Chopa has no membership club, or membership fees and does not make you register to become a customer.

Kimonos and yukatas are two traditional Japanese garments that are gaining in popularity each year. They are made of crisp, airy fabrics that help to keep the wearer cool and comfortable all year round. Kimonos and yukatas make excellent holiday gifts. If you are looking for a unique gift for a friend or family member, consider giving a kimono or yukata. These garments are beautiful and festive, and they will definitely be appreciated by the recipient. Best of all, kimonos and yukatas can be enjoyed for many years to come.

These Japanese garments are the perfect gift for anyone who loves Japanese culture or wants to try something new. They are stylish and come in many distinctive patterns and prints. And while clothing is sometimes difficult to find the right size or style for, Chopa has a wide range of kimonos and yukatas to choose from. So whether you’re looking for a gift or you’re treating yourself, we have the perfect kimono or yukata for you. And because we want you to have the best possible experience with your purchase, we do everything we can to make your shopping experience simple.

Shop the online store. Select the size and print you desire. Enter your information and shipping instructions as well as payment through major a major credit card or PayPal and let Chopa do the rest.

 

koi fish yukata from Japan

                           Blue Koi Yukata

 

Learn About Kimonos From a Pro (Part 3)

Sunday, September 25th, 2022

Managing Partner, Ron Irving of Chopa.com sat down recently for a live question and answer session at a professional trade show. With the growing popularity of Kimonos and Yukatas across the globe, attendees were very interested in what Mr. Irving had to say. His expertise and management of Chopa have allowed this company to remain a leading provider of authentic Japanese robes to customers everywhere. Excerpts from his interview were previously posted on this site. This is part 3 and the final post.

How do you choose the right kimono for an occasion?

“Kimonos come in a wide variety of styles and purposes. Choosing the right kimono for an occasion can be tricky. But following some basic guidelines can help. The two most common styles of kimonos are formal and casual. Formal kimonos are usually made with long sleeves and are ornately decorated. They are worn for special occasions such as weddings or tea ceremonies. For example, at a Tea Ceremony, you would wear an extremely formal kimono. Whereas for a festival you might choose something colorful and festive.

Casual kimonos are made of lighter-weight fabrics like cotton and cotton-sateen and usually have shorter sleeves. They can be worn for everyday activities such as going to the grocery store or taking a walk. Choose a kimono color that coordinates well with your skin tone and hair color. Black typically works well for everyone, but other colors such as white, red, and blue can also be flattering depending on your complexion.

If you are unsure about the level of formality required for an event, it is always best to overdress rather than underdress. Formal kimonos can be quite expensive. If you are not ready to make that kind of investment then purchase the next level down or what you can afford. I have seen countless situations where a yukata with a colorful and distinctive design outmatched a formal kimono. The cost was a fraction as well.”

Who is your favorite designer of Japanese kimonos?

“If we are speaking historically, when it comes to kimono design, there are few names more iconic than Hiroaki Oikawa. Born in Osaka in 1948, Oikawa is a self-taught artist who first rose to prominence in the 1970s. He created bold and vibrant kimono designs with the use of traditional Japanese motifs combined with modern pop culture references. He helped to redefine kimono design for a new generation. Today, Oikawa is widely considered one of the most important kimono designers in Japan. His work can be found in the permanent collections of several museums around the world. If you’re looking for a truly unique kimono experience, then Hiroaki Oikawa is the designer for you.

Most people, myself included don’t purchase or wear designer kimonos. I prefer more mainstream, made of cotton, easy to care for, and comfortable to wear. A former business partner of mine used to splurge and purchase original designer kimonos to wear. I noticed one day, that he rarely wore them. They became artwork for his walls because they were so special to him. Visiting his house for a dinner party was a treat because guests would stare at them in awe of the beauty, detail, colors, and style. It was like attending a museum with cocktails and great Japanese food he would always serve.

I asked him once about this and he said they were just too special for him to wear. For the amount of money he paid he opted to display them and just admire them. They were certainly worthy of dramatically distinguished wall art. But they reminded me of visiting my grandmother’s house when I was a child. She bought brand new furniture and was always afraid of having anyone sit on it because it might become ruined.”

Where can I buy a good kimono or yukata?

“What can I say? If you’re looking for a kimono or yukata, one great option is Chopa – Your Kimono Source. At Chopa, you’ll find a wide selection of kimonos and yukatas in a variety of colors and styles. Whether you’re looking for a traditional kimono or something more modern, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. In addition to kimonos and yukatas, Chopa also sells obis and sashes, Tabi socks and other accessories to complete your look.

I became a managing partner in Chopa for my love of the garments, more so than money. Some people will say, yeah, right, but for me it is true. I want other people to fall in love with the heritage, the styles and symbolism Japan has given us. Few things in life give some people such joy, but for me kimonos are as good as it gets.

Like some people love cars, others horses and some prefer sports or photography, I fell in love with kimonos many decades ago and it just gets better everyday. Working in retail will always bring some complaints, but our thank you notes exceed complaints 100 times to one. So if you’re looking for a kimono or yukata, be sure to check out Chopa – They really are Your Kimono Source.”

Thank you Ron Irving.

If you wish to see the fine selection of colorful, beautiful authentic Japanese Kimonos and Yukatas that Ron speaks of, visit their online store.

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Kimono History – Where to Buy Kimonos

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

What is a Chinese Kimono?

Saturday, 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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Japanese Symbolism in Kimonos

Monday, 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

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

Kimonos In Flight

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

It’s a long process.  Starting in the farm fields, cotton seeds are planted and soon sprout. The tender plants are well cared for, nourished, watered, and grown to mature plants. The cotton is harvested and processed and woven into a giant blank canvas. From the multi-stage dying process and careful printing of the fine virgin cotton fabrics, it is on to the buyer’s markets.  Our buyers are meticulously seeking out the best of the best. Fabrics must pass their vigorous inspections and only the best are purchased. The fabric bolts are delivered to the sewing rooms where production begins.

The talented seamstresses and tailors cut panels from the large bolts of materials. From there, the panels are sent to experienced artisans and sewing teams where careful attention is given to every stitch.  As the process continues, what once looked like stacks of fabric jigsaw puzzle pieces, a Japanese Kimono started to take shape in the traditional form we know.  Further inspections and finishing touches are checked not once or twice, but three or more times to make the final cut or approval. Once the quality assurance team gives their approval, the Kimonos and Yukatas are neatly pressed and folded, and individually packaged.

Once packaged, team members sort and stack the finished robes into boxes where they are labeled and processed for shipment. This process varies in detail depending on whether the shipment contains hundreds or thousands of Japanese robes. The method of how the goods are transported to the United States also plays into the equation. Chopa – Your Kimono Source has opted for air cargo for some time now especially because of the Covid Pandemic.

Shipping on container ships became very expensive and major delays are now the norm. We pride ourselves on offering a full selection as best as we can and air cargo eliminates many delays.  Air transport isn’t cheap, but sometimes a company absorbs additional costs to serve their customers and this is something we strive to do.

While air travel is relatively quick, goods must still go through customs, and taxes and duties must be paid. Once they arrive at a major hub in the USA, our carriers work on delivering the shipment to our warehouse as quickly as possible.  This normally encompasses a few shorter flights from a few states away and then finally “the last mile delivery” as it is known in the shipping world is made.  Freight trucks roll up to our doors and the unloading begins.

This process includes opening boxes, and scanning and entering data into our inventory database. The reports are forwarded to our web team where they go into the back end of our website and add the new sizes, colors, and other pertinent information.  Little by little over the next 3-5 days, the website is updated and dozens and dozens of sizes, styles, and colors are instantly back in stock.

We are often amazed at how quickly orders begin coming in that selected new items we just added. We have a complimentary electronic notification list if a customer wants to be notified of an out-of-stock item coming back in stock. But many customers regularly check our website and are ready to hit the BUY button when it is posted.

With social media, we announce when a new shipment is arriving. Most customers get alerted of this fact through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If you don’t follow us on social media, we recommend you do.  Besides announcements of new shipments, we also alert subscribers to special sales, closeouts, price reductions, and overstock deals. We also share simple news items about something of interest to our Kimono Loving Family of customers.

We try to keep it fresh and never beat anyone up with multiple posts per hour like some stores do.  We want it to be relevant and interesting. As a 100% employee-owned business, we want to treat our customers the same we like to be treated. We understand what a turn-off it is to be bombarded by solicitations and advertisements. This is simply something we do not participate in.

With that said our work is cut out for us.  Planes left Japan over the weekend and trucks already delivered the first shipment of many this morning.  We expect more truckloads throughout the week.  Our warehouse was in full operational mode this past weekend prepping for the deliveries. Our priority is to always process customer orders as soon as possible, so this doesn’t hinder getting orders out.  It is an art and science but since we have been doing this for 28 years, we think we know a thing or two and make it as painless as possible. Now Go Get Your Kimono On…SHOP NOW!! 

 

Kimonos In Flight