Kitano Tenmangu is the headquarters for many Temnangu shrines across Japan, and was built in honor of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician who represented the middle Heian period. Michizane is also symbolized as a god of learning here and worshiped by many visitors who are enthusiastically pursuing their studies. When I was in school, I used to visit here and pray very hard every time the date of my exams got close. On the premises, there are many statues of cows t
I was born in Kyoto and have never left. Even so, I have never gotten tired of it.
Kyoto is called the place of "San shi, sui mei (beautiful mountains and clear water)", as you might see in the wonderful scenery, such as "Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo (36 mountain ranges)" or the beautiful flow of the Kamo river. From old times, people have always been enchanted by the many charms of Kyoto.
At the end of this autumn, I wore a KIMONO and visited Eikando temple to see the final
One of the symbolic events in December in Kyoto is KOI-AGE at HIROSAWA pond. If you are from Kyoto, You would tell the arrival of December by watching the news of this event on TV or papers. Ever since the Heian period, the Hirosawa pond has been very famous as a best spot for moon viewing. As they reduce the water level of the pond, many big-fat carps and carassiuss appear to the surface in the mesh. They were the juveniles released to this pond in the last spring and now ha
One of the symbolic events for winter in Kyoto is the DAIKON-DAKI (offering of cooked Japanese radish to public) in Ryorokuji temple in Narutaki district, annually held on December 9th and 10th. The event was originated from the story of the saint Shinran who gave a preach at this temple and was offered DAIKON DAKI by the delighted parishioners of this temple. In huge pots, cut DAIKONs are boiled until very hot and bubbly. Anticipating the benefit from eating it, especially a
☆*:.｡.*Today's Stylish Customers *｡.:*☆ Today's customers were already very stylish in their own clothes, but once they got changed into kimonos, you could see their own styles and personalities stand out even more! As the weather is getting quite cold in Kyoto, a faux-fur cape is a must! Plus, it serves two purposes at once, as on top of being warn, it is super cute!☆☆☆ You could also see the men had a great sense of fashion with their hat and glasses, their "nice guy" look
In the cold weather of this season, you might think it can be cold wearing KIMONO only. Well, I know what you mean. For Western clothes there are coats or Jackets, but what about KIMONO? In fact, KIMONO style has outer items such as jackets, however, shawls and stoles can do if it's for a casual occasion. Or even a knitwear can be pretty if it is wide enough. Speaking of outerwear, we wear HAORI coat on KIMONO and there are certain trends. As I remember, my mother used to wea
Again this year, YUMEYAKATA offered costume coordination to the End of/New Year's edition of KANSAI Walker, now available. Miss Ayami Nakajo in red Furisode (振袖 - long sleeved formal kimono) is on the cover, and YUMEYAKATA's premium Furisode appear in the article of "Wonderful Kaiun Hatsumode (開運初詣 - New Year's visit to a shrine)". Since 2018 is the year of the Dog, KANSAI Walker dedicates 15 pages to introducing shrines and items associated with dogs. Please take a look at t
YUMEYAKATA offered costume coordination to the Taiwanese and the Hongkongese editions of "Walker", a Japanese major travel magazine! Our KIMONO appears on page 44-45 of Taiwanese "Japan Walker", and page 64-65 of Hongkongese "Hongkong Walker", both in a special article on "MACCHA (green tea) Sweets in Uji Area". Around JR Uji station, there are many cafes and confectioneries where you can try many kinds of Japanese sweets, such as parfaits, jellos, crepes, tiramisu, and fond
Lately, it's been a trend for men to enjoy KIMONO fashion. In town, we come across guys in KIMONO very often, and at summer festivals and fireworks events, we see many young couples sporting their well-matched YUKATAs (summer KIMONO made of cotton). I believe many of you might remember the mega seller photo book "KIMONO DANSHI (boys)" that featured some very handsome actors, like Shun Oguri and Tori Matsuzaka. We used to have female customers with boyfriends that remained in
Despite the cold season, today's topic is about yukatas. A long time ago, yukatas were used only for bathing time.
Actually, people from high society would wear them while taking a bath (as at that time, people would not bath naked). Between Muromachi and Edo periods, the Obon festivities gained in popularity, and consequently more vibrant and gorgeous yukatas appeared. Commoners also started to wear them. In Kyoto, with all the festivals, fireworks, the Gozan Okuribi (Fire