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FAQ Kimono & Yukata

What does "kimono" mean?
"Kimono" means "a thing to wear" and is used to describe full length robes.

What is a Happi Coat?
A Happi Coat is a shorter version of the yukata and kimono.

Where are your kimono and yukata robes made?
Our robes are made in Japan of 100% cotton and we also offer several styles in 100% silk.

Do you offer free shipping?
Yes, we offer Free Shipping on kimono, yukata, happi coats and apparel in the USA on orders of $75.00 or more.

Are kimono and yukata robes only for special occasions?
No. These Japanese style robes have become popular for many reasons. Many of our customers purchase them as housecoats or robes, as loungewear, or the shorter "happi coats" as swimsuit cover ups. These robes are popular as Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts, bridesmaid gifts, groomsmen gifts, nursing robes or hospital robes. They are commonly worn in weddings too. Others have purchased them to wear as a costume with an obi belt or geta sandals.

What are benefits buying kimono or yukata from Chopa Zen Home?
Chopa Zen Home has been an online retailer since 1994. We are a well established, USA based and operated company. We offer fast shipping and easy returns. We also offer one of the largest selections of authentic Japanese kimono and yukata in the USA. We carry many styles and sizes and our selection changes frequently. We are a direct importer and pride ourselves on offering quality robes at reasonable prices. As we like to say, "Shop with confidence". We have a large number of repeat customers and that speaks for itself.

How do you tie or keep a kimono closed?
All of our Yukata, kimono and Happi Coats include a matching belt. If you wish something more formal, we offer Obi in several colors that you may purchase separately.

How do I care for my kimono or yukata?
We recommend washing cotton robes in cold water and tumble dry on low heat for best results. Some customers prefer drip drying on a kimono hanger. For silk robes, dry cleaning is recommended.

What is the difference between a kimono and a yukata?
Traditionally a Yukata was often worn in the summer months with its lighter weight fabric. Today, it is a matter of personal preference depending on your lifestyle and the climate you live in. Many of our robes feature the similar fabric weights with the exception of our Premium Line which uses a heavier material and features a higher end weave. Designs can be more intricate and require premium fabrics.

Do you have unisex kimono or yukata, or robes that can be worn by both men and women? Yes. Depending on your personal style preference, many patterns can be worn by either sex. Some examples from the "men's section" are: Dragon & Bamboo; Four Seasons; Green Dragon; The Seasons; Zen Calligraphy; Blue Koi; Dancing Characters; White Moji; and Navy Longevity. Note: if you are a woman choosing a kimono or yukata from the men's section, please be aware the sizing is scaled for a man and order a smaller size.

I am unsure about sizing, can you help?
For sizing reference, the girth is the entire width of the fabric, so this robe easily adjusts to many waist sizes. It is designed to wrap around you and fasten with the belt. For length, you can measure yourself with a tape measure from the top of your shoulder and down your side to determine where the length would fall on you.

If I receive my kimono and it is longer than I want, is it okay to hem it?
Yes, our robes are finished with a straight seam and shortening one at local tailor or alteration store is relatively low cost. Of course if you are handy with the sewing machine, you can do it yourself. We also accept returns and exchanges if a robe doesn't fit the way you like, within 10 days of receipt of delivery.