Posts Tagged ‘Yukata’

The Symbolic Meaning of the Koi Fish in Japan

Saturday, March 25th, 2023

In many cultures, animals are symbols of strength, courage, and wisdom. In Japanese culture, the koi fish is a symbol of all these things and more. It is respected and admired for its beauty and grace as it navigates rivers and streams. But what deeper meanings do the koi carry? What makes it so highly prized in Japanese culture? Let’s take a look at why the koi is such an important symbol in Japan.

The Symbolism of the Koi Fish
The koi fish has been an important symbol in Japan for centuries. Its bright colors and graceful movements have captivated people for generations. In Japanese mythology, the koi fish represents strength and courage because it can swim against even the strongest currents. This symbolism has been passed down from generation to generation, making it an important part of Japanese culture today.

Koi are also symbols of perseverance because they will never give up despite any adversity they face. This is why they are often associated with success, good luck, and long life. These traits are highly valued by the Japanese people. Additionally, many believe that when a person passes away their spirit can be reincarnated into a koi fish so that they can live on forever.

Koi Appreciated in Art & Fashion
The beauty of the koi has made it an inspiration for artists around the world. This includes those in Japan who have incorporated them into paintings and other forms of art. They have also become popular motifs in fashion. This is especially true in traditional Japanese garments like yukata robes or kimonos which often feature colorful designs depicting koi swimming upstream or interacting with their environment. Chopa offers a beautiful 100% cotton yukata with blue koi fish that is both comfortable to wear and easy to care for!

Koi are revered symbols in Japan with deep cultural significance beyond just being beautiful creatures to admire from afar. They represent strength, courage, and persistence. It is also believed to introduce success, good luck, and long life. The qualities that people strive for throughout their lives. From artwork to clothing items like yukatas or kimonos, you will find colorful depictions of these beloved fish.  While swimming upstream against powerful currents, the appreciation for this majestic creature runs deep within Japanese culture today! Chopa proudly offers high-quality 100% cotton yukata robes featuring blue koi fish designs perfect for those looking to embrace this timeless symbolism while enjoying comfort and style!

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Koi Fish

Most Popular Kimonos – February, 2023

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023

The weather is starting to warm up, and spring is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about blending fashion with function. Kimonos have been a traditional staple of Japanese culture for centuries. They have recently become quite popular in fashion worldwide. No longer are they merely an item of clothing used during festivals or special occasions. Today’s modern kimonos are designed to make a statement while still providing comfort and practicality. They come in many styles, colors, fabrics, and price points – something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for something casual or more formal, we’ve rounded up the most popular kimonos on the market right now so that you can stay on trend this season without compromising on quality or comfort.

A new month, a new list of the most popular selling Japanese kimono and yukata robes. We provide this list each month to share with our customers what is hot. This list is based on actual sales, so the people speak. Here are the Top Five Selling robes for February:

Yukata – Navy Kagome: Looking for a stylish and comfortable men’s yukata? The Yukata-Navy Kagome is one of our most popular options. Made from 100% cotton, this yukata is soft, breathable, and easy to care for. It’s machine-washable for your convenience, and it comes with a matching belt or sash. Five sizes are available to ensure a perfect fit.

Yukata – Cloud Dragon: The Yukata Cloud Dragon celebrates the legend of the Cloud Dragon. It was invented by a priest in the Tenryu-Ji Zen Temple in Kyoto, Japan. The name Tenryu-Ji translates to “temple of the heavenly dragon.” The current version of the dragon rests on the ceiling so it appears that the dragon is looking down at you wherever you enter the temple. This yukata honors the historic painting.

Living among the clouds against a navy blue background representing the sky, the gilded dragons, gold calligraphy and contrasting shades of blue create this distinctive and attractive design. The robe is made in Japan of 100% cotton with a shrink-resistant finish and has contemporary straight sleeves. A matching belt is included. Available in 3 sizes.

Yukata – Great Wave: Inspired by the Great Wave off Kanagawa, one of the most famous and recognized Japanese paintings in the world. This men’s Yukata captures the beauty and power of the ocean in a vibrant wave design. The robe is made of 100% cotton and features rich details in shades of purple, gray, black, and white. A matching belt is included. Made in Japan. Three sizes are available.

Kimono – Black Dragon and Tiger: The Dragon and Tiger Kimono is a stunning work of art. It features a dramatic dragon and tiger pattern that seems to come to life. The black background highlights the vivid colors of the tigers and dragons as they make their bold journey across the kimono fabric. The pairing of the two is thought to harmonize rain and peace. Expertly crafted in Japan by master clothiers, this kimono is made of 100% brushed cotton for a soft, comfortable feel. Whether worn as a statement piece or simply enjoyed as a work of art, the Dragon and Tiger Kimono is sure to impress.

Yukata – Warrior Kanji Seal: This Yukata robe reflects the robes worn by Japanese Shogun warriors in ancient times. The white kanji symbols in a haiku design on the navy blue background are incredibly stylish and make a bold statement. Additionally, the gold kanji seals add a touch of luxury and elegance. The robe is made in Japan of 100% cotton with a shrink-resistant finish, so it’s easy to care for. The contemporary straight sleeves are perfect for any occasion. A matching belt is included.

When you shop for a kimono or yukata robe, you want it to be well-made and fashionable. That’s why we compile this list each month from actual sales reports. This way our customers get up-to-date information on what is trending in the fashion world. From traditional styles to more modern Yuzu-inspired pieces, there is something for everyone when it comes to Japanese clothing.

Explore the various options here at our shop and you are sure to find something that suits your taste! With so many different styles and trends, it’s easy to make a bold statement with an amazing kimono or yukata robe today! Shop now and find out what makes these garments popular among culture enthusiasts around the globe. What is your favorite style? If you are unsure take a look at this list to see the best of the best when it comes to kimono fashion. We can guarantee you won’t be disappointed with these amazing selections!

         Men’s Cloud Dragon Yukata

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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Beautiful Japanese Kimonos

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

Where To Buy A Kimono (Part 1)

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Location. Where is the dealer located?

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

Origin. Where was the Kimono made?

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

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

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

 

Hanu Garden Kimono

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

The Meaning Behind Japanese Kimono Symbolism

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Koi Fish, courtesy of Quang Nguyen Vinh

Frequently Asked Questions

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

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

WHY SHOP WITH US?

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

HOW DO I PLACE AN ORDER?

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

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SHIP A KIMONO?

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

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

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

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

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

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

HOW MUCH IS SHIPPING?

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

DO YOU CHARGE SALES TAX ON PURCHASES?

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

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

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

Chopa makes online kimono shopping easy!

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Top Selling Kimono for January 2022

Friday, February 18th, 2022

Chopa is one of the leading online shops offering fine Japanese Kimono and Yukata robes. We like to provide our customers a list each month of what is popular right now.  There are many options available when choosing a kimono shop. Since we have been operating since 1994, we are confident that we offer some of the best choices out there.

Our goal has always been to enlighten and educate customers about the beauty and symbolism of Japanese Kimonos.  Whether you admire the cultural significance, the bright, vivid colors, the symbolic patterns, or the luxury and comfort these robes provide, we take the guesswork out of online kimono shopping.  Our fast shipping is just one component that sets us apart from the crowd.  Chopa is your Kimono Source and as such, we ship most orders within one business day. Many orders ship the same day if your order is placed early in the day. Most orders are delivered within 2-3 business days, weather permitting.

Chopa ships your order safely and securely from a warehouse in the Northwest Panhandle of Florida.  We do the importing for you and carry over 100 styles, colors, and patterns that are in stock and ready to ship. Orders of $75 or more ship Free anywhere in the USA, including Hawaii and Alaska. You avoid duties, taxes, and import fees when shopping with us.

Every week, we hear from customers expressing how happy they are to have found us.  Many come from referrals and word of mouth. They share stories with us about their previous experiences. To put it bluntly, they are not pretty stories.  People ordered directly from a dealer in Japan and were told shipping is quick, usually 3-5 days.  Reality is a wait of up to 30 days in many cases. Customers are told they could return it. An issue lies with translation issues. The purchaser doesn’t speak or write Japanese and the vendor doesn’t communicate in English. To this, we say good luck and recommend taking an aspirin for their headaches.

Other resulting issues are duties and taxes.  Their package arrives and they have presented a bill for $10, $15, or even $25 more for duties, taxes, customs clearance, and import fees.  Shoppers were never told about this. But if they don’t pay the costs, the carrier keeps the package and the customer is out. Sometimes these packages are submitted to customs. They are sold for liquidated damages and other times sent back to the shipper, who doesn’t issue a refund.

Frequently we hear about requests for returns being denied by the dealer.  Customers are told, the wrong size doesn’t qualify or 3 days is too long. Worse yet, they simply ignore emails and telephone calls. If a customer is granted a return approval, they are shocked when they go to the post office. Here, they discover that shipping a 2-pound package can cost $60 by Priority Mail. This cost is born by the customer, not the Japanese dealer.  We feel dealers operate this way because they discovered most customers will keep the robe instead of investing additional money into their losing investment already. It is sad but true.

In summary, you can see how we make this an easy choice to shop with us. One of our mottos is “We take the guesswork out of Kimono shopping” and once a customer shops with us, they realize how true it is.  We welcome you to go to our online Kimono Shop and see for yourself. Whether it’s men’s or women’s kimono or yukata or perhaps an outfit for your little Samurai or Princess, we have a large selection to choose from.

It seems like 2022 just began and we have now already blown through January and are over halfway through February.

Without further delays, here is our list of Top Selling Kimono and Yukata for January 2022:

  1. Tree of Life Yukata
  2. Dragon and Bamboo Yukata
  3. Navy Kagome Yukata
  4. Dragon and Hawk Yukata
  5. Yukata – Dragon & Mt Fuji Navy 

Chopa.com currently has two orders in production with smaller shipments arriving in mid-March and April. Our largest Spring order is expected to arrive from Japan in late April. The logistics staff continues to monitor shipping and supply chain issues.  We have been and will continue to use Air Freight for our future shipments. This is necessary until the Ports along both sides of the country catch up and fix their lengthy delays. While air is more costly than a cargo ship, we would rather absorb the cost and obtain our product quicker and more efficiently. Thank you for visiting our site and reading our Blogs.  Now Get Your Kimono On!!

                     Dragon and Hawk Yukata

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Chopa receives letters, emails and texts daily covering a wide range of topics.  It might be a question on sizing or sometimes a customer asks about shipping times. The next correspondence might be a request to exchange a kimono or return a yukata. Our favorite messages are compliments for obvious reasons, but we also receive a complaint every once in a while.  Usually, it is related to a carrier delay or worse yet, we shipped the wrong item.  Yes, folks, we are human and no matter how hard we try, once in a while and we mean long while, we ship the wrong kimono or wrong size to someone. When we do, we remedy the situation as quickly as possible.

The fact is, good, reputable companies make good on their promises. They fix mistakes. They advertise honestly and treat customers the way we want to be treated. Those businesses thrive. They stay in business and grow within their community and customer base. They don’t take short cuts and strive to make all customers happy.

Unfortunately, there are companies that only carry about the bottom line. It is sad but true. One of things that sets Chopa apart is that we are employee-owned and operated. Every staff member you have interaction with owns a stake in the company. This is true whether in customer service, warehouse, marketing, administration or management. Employee-owned businesses statistically take better care of customers. Rather than take customers for granted, we value your business and think of you as family. We know without our customers, there wouldn’t be a business and without a business, we wouldn’t exist, live life, help provide for our families or help our communities.

We reflect on this because of yet, another email we received from a potential customer. This person questioned where we were located and if the kimono didn’t work out as expected, where would it need to be returned.  A fair question all the way around. But it was when the reasons for asking, were explained, we realized another corrupt business in China was praying on customers in the USA.

The customer wrote the following: “I was burned by a retailer who shipped from a USA address, but required items to be returned to China at more than the cost of the item itself.”

It’s true. Many low-cost kimono dealers are actually based in China and other regional clothing producing nations. They produce low-cost robes because they offer subpar and substandard working conditions, unlivable wages and worse yet, some use forced slavery. Sometimes these companies ship from fulfillment centers in the USA, but if you need to return something, it must be shipped to their homeland.

International shipping is not cheap. These unscrupulous dealers know this and realize most people change their minds. Customers keep the robe because in essence, they are throwing good money after bad. We also hear stories from customers who did ship the item back, but never received a refund. Instead, they are given random reasons why no refund was provided. Reasons like “it arrived past the deadline”, “too small is not a valid reason for returns”, “no authorization was provided”, “robe was worn” even though it wasn’t, “shipment was opened”, etc.  It is pretty difficult to try on a robe to see if it fits without opening the package.

There is an old adage that says, “You get what you pay for.” Is taking a gamble on receiving inferior products worth the entire loss of your purchase and then some? We know our customers prefer reasonable pricing on quality kimono and yukata with easy returns to a reputable dealer in the USA. We are proud to be one of the internets’ leading providers of Japanese Kimono and yukata for 27 years and counting. Our word is good and our service stands alone. Please think twice when shopping for a kimono. A dealer like us takes the guesswork out of online kimono shopping. This was one of our goals when the business developed.

Ordering a kimono from Chopa means you will receive quick processing of your order. Fast shipping. most orders ship within one business day and many ship the same day. We ship from the Panhandle of Florida so orders arrive in several business days. You have 10 days from the date of receiving your order to request a return authorization. We process refunds and exchanges within one day of receiving your package. Chopa offers a wide range of styles and sizes and you won’t receive a bill from US Customs or the carrier when your package is delivered. We have taken care of everything. The price you see online is the price you get.

Try ordering a robe from China or Japan and you might be surprised at the end result.  When they say 7 days delivery it often means 21 or more. You may also be billed service charges for currency exchanges by your card issuer or bank. Customs, duties and customs brokerage charges may apply and you will need to pay those or customs can confiscate the package and liquidate it for damages. Need to return it?  We have already explained just a few of the downfalls by ordering internationally. The bottom-line is don’t become a victim. There is a reason so many call Chopa, Your Kimono Source since 1994. Shop with confidence and no surprises. Now Get Your Kimono On!!

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