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Authentic Japanese Kimono Store

Sunday, October 30th, 2022

Chopa – Your Kimono Source is a leading provider and online Kimono shop offering authentic Japanese Kimonos and Yukata in the USA.  We are passionate about helping our customers experience the beauty and elegance of traditional Japanese kimonos. Established in 1994, we continue to offer a wide selection of kimonos and yukata in a variety of styles, fabrics, and sizes. This makes it easy to find the perfect kimono for any occasion.

Our kimonos are made from high-quality fabrics and are expertly crafted to ensure that they are beautiful, durable, and comfortable to wear. We also offer accessories to complete your kimono look, including obi and tabi socks also known as toe socks. Whether you’re looking for a kimono for a special event or wedding, a more casual yukata for a summer festival, or just want to add a touch of elegance to your everyday wardrobe, we have something to suit your needs. Chopa is your one-stop shop for all things kimono.

Visit us today and start shopping online for your perfect kimono!  Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible shopping experience, whether you’re buying your first kimono or adding to your collection. Chopa sells tens of thousands of kimonos and yukatas to customers throughout the United States and around the world. Customers often say “shop with confidence” when recommending us. We offer a wide variety of kimonos and yukata for both men and women, as well as children.

For centuries, the kimono has been worn by men and women and is considered a Japanese icon around the world. These robes are often called wearable art displaying distinctive beauty, and sophisticated elegance and they are rich in symbolism. Chopa is your Kimono Source when you seek a fine robe. They are comfortable to wear, and easy to care for. The holidays are approaching and kimonos and yukatas make great gifts for anyone on your list. Our customers regularly purchase our robes for business gifts, wedding presents, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, graduations, and more.

We recently received our last shipment of the year. The Holidays are approaching and we are stocking our inventories as best as we can.  Watch for special Holiday offers throughout the season and if you are on a tight budget, see our selection of Open-Bag kimonos and yukatas.  These are brand-new robes opened by customs during an import inspection. They are refolded and bagged, but are not as crisply pressed and creased as they were before opening.

Chopa offers Free Shipping on orders of $75.00 or more to anywhere in the USA including Alaska and Hawaii. We offer easy returns and great customer service. Check out our Online Kimono Shop and see for yourself why people recommend and trust us.

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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.

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             Black Kimono Samurai Robe

Kimono or Yukata?

Saturday, August 20th, 2022

We receive questions about Japanese Kimonos and Yukatas daily. Periodically we like to share some of these to help educate others that are shopping for these wonderful robes.

What is the difference between a kimono and a yukata?

Japanese kimonos and yukatas are both traditional Japanese garments. Kimonos are more formal than yukatas and are often worn for special occasions, such as weddings or tea ceremonies. Yukatas are less formal and are often worn to outdoor events, such as festivals or fireworks displays. Both kimonos and yukatas can be either long or short. The length of a kimono or yukata is determined by the season and the occasion for which it is worn.

Kimonos are commonly made of both silk and cotton. Yukatas are made of cotton. Kimonos are typically worn in cooler months, while yukata are worn in warmer months.  Today, these traditions still exist but it has become a personal choice. Yukatas are popular year-round in many parts of the world, especially in warmer climates. Kimonos are worn anytime as well. It depends on the weight of the fabric. Both are often referred to as the Best Loungewear you can find.

What is the best way to wash a kimono or yukata?

We suggest you check with the manufacturer or dealer where you purchase your garment. At Chopa – Your Kimono Source, all cotton kimonos, and yukatas are machine washable. We recommend using cold water, in a gentle cycle. This not only maintains the colors but extends the life of your robe. Many customers drip dry their robe on a hanger although it’s possible to machine dry on a low-temperature setting. Drip drying will prolong the life of the fabric.

How long does it take to receive my kimono?

We ship quickly because we know how important fast shipping is today. At Chopa, most orders are shipped within one business day, and many orders ship the same day. The earlier you place your order in the day increases the odds of shipping the same day. Your kimono ships from a warehouse in the Panhandle of Florida. We import all of our robes directly from Japan so you don’t have to wait 4-6 weeks to receive your order. Over 95% of our orders arrive at our customer’s doorstep within 3 business days, many in just two. We like to say that we give our customers the benefits of an Amazon Prime membership without the $149.00 annual fee. It’s our gift to you.

What if I don’t like the Fit of my Kimono?

That is not a problem. We offer exchanges or refunds with no questions asked. Simply contact us within 14 days of receiving your order. We will send you the simple instructions and provide you with a 14-day window to return the item. Of course, we require that the robe is unworn and in new condition.

How much is shipping?

Shipping is very reasonable. We charge a low fee of $6.95 for one kimono or yukata but provide Free Shipping anywhere in the USA if your purchase is $75.00 or more. Unlike many retailers, we don’t have exclusions. Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico are included.

Do we ship to Post Office Boxes?

We do ship to PO Boxes, however in most cases since we have to use USPS, we can often ship it quicker if you have a street address for delivery.

How do I tell which length is right for me?

We offer a great selection of kimono and yukata sizes including long, short, and plus-sizing for both men and women. For the length, we suggest using a  tape measure and start at your shoulder and allow the tape to drop down your side. This is where the robe will fall on you.

Occasionally customers ask where the length should fall, but this is a personal choice. Some people like it to their ankles while others prefer it above the foot. There are also those who like shorter-length robes like our Happi Coats which fall just above, too, or below the knees. The length will be different for every person depending on your height. Buy what you like and be comfortable, that is what matters the most. Your comfort, your decision, and your kimono!

If you want to see what sizes, styles, prints, and colors are available, take a look at our online Kimono Shop. It is open 24 hours a day!

        Get Your Kimono on!

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!! 

 

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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.

Buying a Kimono From an Employee Owned Business.

Sunday, January 30th, 2022

An employee-owned business is a company in which the employees own a significant or entire portion of the business. This type of ownership is becoming more and more popular, as employees see the benefits of owning a piece of their workplace and career. Here are some key reasons why you should shop for Kimonos and Yukatas from an employee-owned business,

An employee-owned business is operated and controlled by its employees. Employees take ownership through stock, stock options, profit sharing and other methods. Some of the many benefits of employee-owned businesses include higher productivity and job satisfaction, lower employee turnover, and better sustainability. Employee ownership gives employees a stake in the success of their own company and future.

Employee-owned businesses are different from traditional businesses in a few ways. First, profits are shared among all employees, not just executives and upper management. Second, everyone has a voice in decisions made about the business. Third, employees can earn a livable wage and benefits. In most traditional businesses many staff only receive minimum wage. With many consumers opting to purchase Fair Trade products which ensure foreign workers receive fair and livable wages, an employee owned business represents the same thought process in the USA.

When a company is employee-owned, all staff have a personal stake in making sure it succeeds. This means that they’re more likely to take care of their customers, offer high-quality products and fair pricing.  Owners have incentive to provide value to their customers, since their livelihood depends on it. Employee ownership not only helps the company and its employees, but it also helps communities as a whole. Employee-owned businesses are more likely to stay in the community, hire locally, and support other local businesses.

Employee-owned businesses not only give back to their employees, but they also care about their customers and the environment. Everyone wants to succeed and this success trickles down to others in each community. The profits stay in the community. And that means more money for schools, parks, and other local resources. So if you’re looking to support the local community process or shop local, consider buying from an employee-owned business. You’ll be helping to keep a community strong and thriving. Thriving communities are more family oriented, respected, engaged, grateful and in turn this helps keep crime low.  It’s a win-win-win formula.

Chopa – Your Kimono Source became a full employee-owned business in 2005. For the past 17 years we have grown stronger, provided more value to customers, excelled in service, selection, shipping and customer satisfaction. Our owners meet regularly to discuss events, customer service, comments and we plan together in a way that only a family can. As a 100% employee-owned firm, we have never been happier and don’t believe we would ever look back. Everyone, especially our customers benefit from this arrangement. We consider our customers family as well.

If you’re looking for a way to support local communities, get quality products and added value at the same time, consider buying from an employee-owned business!  Chopa is proud to be employee owned.  We thrive because of it.  Join us and shop our online store for the kimono you need and more importantly, the kimono you deserve.  Now Get Your Kimono On!

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The Colors and Symbolism of the Japanese Kimono

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Kimono is a word that has been in use since at least the 12th century. Kimono translates as the “thing to wear.”  This ancient garment originated as an article of dress for Japanese women and girls. Soon it became popular all over Japan and Asia. This was due to its beauty, which was symbolized by long flowing skirts associated with femininity during this era when society really wasn’t progressing too much past old traditions.

Kimonos are much more than just beautiful clothing; they represent an era of elegance and culture. They have been worn by emperors, courtesans and geishas. All those who desired to make their mark on history through fashion for over 1000 years. The kimono’s rich history can be seen through every aspect from how people wear them today.

Dating back over ten decades to the present day, it continues on as one of Japan’s most iconic garments. Not only does this cloth provide comfort for its wearers, but also brings about pleasure through wear or simply seeing others in their beautiful outfits.  Some people can be mistaken on how valuable these items these items really are in culture and history.

Kimonos are a form of traditional Japanese clothing that can be worn at any time. The patterns and motifs have symbolic meanings related to the seasons. For instance, bamboo branches for winter or plum and cherry blossoms representing springtime in Japan. Plant imagery is often used for springtime celebrations in Japan because plants often grow quickly after being planted. The colors and patterns represent different seasons.

Kimonos are not just a symbol of Japanese culture, but also have deep personal meaning. The colors worn reflect their personality and attitude towards life in addition to what it means for them on an individual level. In modern society, people can easily attach meaning onto any object or person based off surface-level information alone. They often miss getting the story being told, much less why this particular piece matters so much more than others. Wearing kimonos with specific patterns tells a tale every time. When someone sees how beautifully designed each pattern actually is, they better understand the careful consideration put into making sure no detail went overlooked during construction and design.

The colors of kimonos have deep meanings. The most prominent being blue, which signifies sky and ocean in Japanese culture. Blue also means loyalty. Red is used to ward off evil spirits from coming near you or entering your home through some other means. For example, if someone walks past while looking depressed. Pink symbolizes youthfulness. It also holds the idea that older ladies will become young again when they die. This is because their spirit remains inside this material world for all eternity until it finds its true place. This hopefully happens sooner rather than later, according to Buddhist beliefs about life after death.

Today, the kimono is worn more than ever. They’re commonly seen at social gatherings like meeting with friends or attending graduation parties. Students will often dress up their graduate uniforms with an elegant Kimono to make them feel more adult-like while enjoying this ancient tradition. Kimono can also be used for more formal occasions such as a marriage and at a tea ceremony where it’s expected that you wear your finest attire.

No matter what the occasion or what your mood, it is fairly easy to locate a kimono or yukata robe that will match your needs and desires. Customers of Chopa – Your Kimono Source often purchase several. Some wear them while lounging at home, some wear them to special events, parties and festivals. Chopa offers over 100 different styles, colors and patterns in many sizes for men, women and kids. Their online Kimono Shop is open 24 hours a day for your shopping convenience. Shipping is always quick as most orders ship within one business day. Visit their shop today at www.chopa.com.

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The Joy of the Kimono and Yukata

Sunday, January 9th, 2022

Have you ever worn a kimono or yukata? If not, then you are missing out on one of life’s special experiences. Wearing these traditional Japanese garments is an enjoyable and unique experience that everyone should have the chance to enjoy. There’s nothing quite like the feel of a kimono or yukata against your skin, and wearing one will make you feel like a Japanese Princess or Samurai Warrior!

The best part is that you don’t have to go to Japan to live this dream. In fact, you don’t even have to find a store in Japan to buy one. In 1994, Chopa – Your Kimono Source became one of the web’s first online stores to make these beautiful robes available to everyone and easy to obtain.  Chopa saw the need for a one stop shopping experience and took the guesswork out of buying a kimono online.

Our online kimono shop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Browse our large selection of authentic Japanese kimono, Yukata and short length kimono called the Happi Coat. Whether you are seeking a robe for men, women or kids, we have many styles and sizes to choose from. You can find yukatas and kimonos in a variety of colors and patterns. Chopa is based in the USA and ships from the Panhandle of Florida. Orders are processed quickly and most orders ship within one business day with many shipping the same day.

Yukata and kimono can be worn as loungewear, coverups at the beach, pool or spa and for parties and special ceremonies.  The yukata is often worn to outdoor festivals, especially in the summer. They’re comfortable and stylish, making them perfect for many occasions. Yukata and kimonos are perfect for lazy days around the house or while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee on the patio.

While Kimono are normally produced with a heavier fabric, a yukata is made of lighter weight cotton to keep you cool and comfortable. We offer kimono and yukata in both 100% cotton and a few styles in silk. Both are perfect to wear year-round for style and comfort.  Cotton robes are easy to care for and soft on the skin. Most styles we offer are machine-washable and tumble dried on low. For best results, we advise using cold water wash cycles and a short dry cycle or drip dry. This extends the lifespan of your robe.

With the ease of shopping online from Chopa, you don’t have to wait many weeks or months for a delivery from the far east. You won’t be surprised by a customs and duties bill and returns are simple. As mentioned before, we take the guesswork out of buying a kimono or yukata.

As a large buyer of Japanese kimono and yukata, Chopa is able to secure very favorable pricing which allows them to sell these fine robes at competitive and economical prices. Chopa also uses financial arbitrage and market strategies to hedge against rising or falling values of the Japanese Yen. This helps to assure reasonable pricing no matter what is taking place in the volatile currency markets. Our kimono is often less than half of what trendy retail stores offer them for. Since they are reasonably priced, many customers opt to purchase several to match their different moods and outfits.

Kimonos and yukatas make great gifts for friends and family members. We have many corporate customers who purchase dozens as corporate gifts and rewards for employees or to thank a customer when presented as a gift.  These robes make wonderful gift ideas throughout the year. Whether Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Graduation, birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas and Hanukkah holidays, Kimono and Yukata make gifts that people will enjoy and appreciate. Shop online now at www.chopa.com.

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Shopping for a Kimono?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

As an online retailer of Kimono and Yukata robes since 1994, we understand the challenges of online shopping.  While we strive to have a easy to use, easy to find, and easy to shop website, we know nothing in life is perfect and this is why we make changes whenever possible to provide our customers with a better shopping experience.

Our top priority has always been customer safety and Chopa has never taken this lightly. We spend a large sum of money each year on security software, encryption, offsite services and more to keep customer information safe and secure at all times. We never rent, sell or loan customer information either. If you receive an email from us, it is a courtesy email based on a purchase you made on our website. In these periodic emails, we may alert you to a sale, special discount, or new product introduction. We always include an “unsubscribe” button in these emails and if you click the button, rest assured you are immediately removed from the database and you won’t hear from us again.

One service we introduced a few years ago was our Email Notification Shopping Service. Chopa offers over 100 different patterns and styles of Kimono, Yukata robes and short length Happi Coats, and while we try to maintain a full inventory at all times, it isn’t always possible. For instance we may have 20 Dragon Kimonos in stock at the moment and based on sales, additional inventory may currently be in production. Then along comes an order for 16 of these kimonos, leaving us with 4. If we normally sell 5 a week, you can see out easy it is to run out unexpectedly. Large orders are fairly common as business customers purchase yukata or kimonos as gifts for their sales team or their customers and for employee recognition.

Chopa has also been a Kimono source for theatrical productions, movie studios, model photoshoots, costume companies, restaurants, television shows and weddings. Many brides and grooms have been outfitted in our yukata or kimono, and many bridesmaids and groomsmen have also found our attire to be a special part of that memorable event. We see a large increase in summertime orders for weddings. Early summer also brings a surge in kimono sales for graduation gifts. Besides traditional holidays, birthdays and anniversaries that are common throughout the year, Halloween brings in a quick flurry as customers choose a kimono or yukata for their party costumes. Kimonos simply make great gifts for so many occasions.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Days round out a common theme for choosing kimono robes for gifts. Short-length Happi Coats are very popular for Valentine’s Day as well as the warm summer season as people want a shorter length robe for lounging at home or at the pool or beach. Seeing someone in one of our Happi Coats at the beach always brings a smile to our face.

We have provided some reasons why we may be out of stock in a particular size or style at any one time. If this happens to you, simply drop us an email or text and ask when a certain size or style will be back in stock. We can instantly check our inventory database and let you know an approximate time frame when new stock will be available. We can place you on our email notification list. When the item arrives, we send out one email letting you know that the kimono you want is available. There is no cost for this service and no obligation to follow through with a purchase. This email alert is a courtesy notice only. We do not add you to our email database and only send you one notice. There is no sales pitch, no hassle and absolutely no sales pressure. Consider it a quick note from a friend saying “Hey there, the Pink Cherry Blossom yukata in size medium is now in stock and available.”  That’s it, plain and simple.

So the next time you are surfing our online Kimono Store at www.chopa.com and don’t see a size available in a pattern you like, or don’t see a specific kimono today that you saw a week earlier, go to the top of the web page you are on and hit the “Contact Us” button on the tool bar menu. Send us a text or complete the contact form and submit. We will check our database, reply with a time frame and ask if you want to be added to our free alert system. This takes the guesswork out and allows you time to enjoy life rather than checking back every few days. As always, we invite feedback, suggestions, compliments and even complaints. Thanks for reading and happy kimono shopping.

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        Kimono Shopping Made Easy. 

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New Shipment of Kimono and Yukata Arrived!

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Chopa strives to have a full offering of Japanese Kimono and Yukata at all times, but with sudden surges in sales related to Holiday Gifts, a mention in social media or a large bulk order, we experience shortages from time to time. We like to be busy and shipping hundreds and hundreds of robes, but we dislike running out and work hard to alleviate the dreaded “Out of Stock” notation on any particular style.

The good news is that a new shipment, the first of the year, just arrived and we are pleased to announce that over 25 sizes and colors are back in stock and ready to ship. Among the list of new arrivals are the Men’s Kagome yukata, the ever popular “Dragon” yukata, Tree of Life, Daimonji Kimono, Royal Cranes, Ukiyoe, Dragon and Tiger, Cherry Blossoms, and Ribbons Kimono.

Some styles are offered in five different sizes and those are back in stock. This is just the first of many more shipments scheduled over the year. We generally receive new inventory monthly along with several large shipments in the Spring, Summer and Fall. It has been more difficult scheduling over the past 6 months due to Covid restrictions throughout Japan. Production has slowed and in many situations, our producers are working with smaller staffs for social distancing and to allow others to work from home.

We welcome inquiries on any pattern or style of kimono or yukata we offer. If you don’t see a size in stock, email us and we can let you know when we expect more to arrive. Chopa offers a free email notification service to anyone. When a particular size or style is available, we send you a courtesy email alerting you of the news.  There is never an obligation to make a purchase and we will only send you one email.  It’s a free service and we are happy to monitor upcoming shipments for you.

Happy Shopping!

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