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GINZA SIX—How About Changing into a Kimono?! GINZA SIX—How About Changing into a Kimono?!
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.77
If you were to spend time, perhaps, and wear kimono,…It's a waste to take off right away! Let's go to GINZA SIX with that foot. The underpass is directly connected from Higashi Ginza Station near Kabukiza and Ginza Subway Station. The world's most advanced TOKYO must be like this! It's the beauty of the space. The people who gather are also sensitive both in Japan and abroad, and they hang around the new sights of Ginza and show their favorite things. If it's white, it's still a magical veil. The smile of the staff of the high-end brand and jewelry shop that I usually feel a little depressed is gentle! This is a real story.
By the way. Ishishita Yuki Tsumugi is a one-tone cord with a sarasa pattern. First of all, we went to "OKANO" on the 4th floor, which opened as a "flagship shop that proposes things that match the scenery of TOKYO" by Orimoto of Hakata Ori, who is taking care of his work.
What I want is the half width of an adult. Half-width bands tend to be like yukata bands, but in fact, advanced people who wear kimonos almost every day use half-width bands of adults with higher hobbies. Chizuru Ohara, a culinary researcher in Kyoto, who has been serialized in the magazine Kimono Salon, which I am in charge of, is the leading figure. Using obi and obi, it looks like a Nagoya belt when viewed from the front. If you master it, you must be able to enjoy things more easily. In addition, Hakata Ori, the number one for easy tightening, will be able to challenge various obi knots.
When the staff's fingertips put out, I put a three-part string on the vivid royal blue half-width band that I liked at a glance, and it looks good on my pongee on this day.
Oh? Isn't this "Kimono" of Hakata Ori! ! A handsome thing that looks like a city! Hakata Ori, which has a history of 777, is so famous for its "obi" represented by Dokko pattern, but there are also clothes that weave only about 800 times a year. The obi also has a new design-like Hakata weaving unique to Orimoto's directly managed store.
By the way, OKANO has developed not only kimonos and obi but also many modern fashion accessories based on the concept of "All Japan's manufacturing to the world." The original scarf "DEN" (32,000 yen each * All prices excluding tax) of Fukui's white fabric, Kyoto type, and Yokohama dyeing may be wonderful even if it is in the back or in the obi!
And even if you don't like kimono, it's a high-quality Hakata woven silk stall (27,000 yen). Made of the same weave as a kimono and obi, it feels moist and soft. The geometric patterns of Japanese, such as Wagai Asaha and Mutsute Bishamon Kikko, interviewed from Hokusai Manga, are beautiful, and they are also pleased with gifts to overseas friends and men. Right.
"OKANO" pursues manufacturing in a dimension beyond the frame of Japanese clothing. I felt the possibility of Hakata Ori, a traditional Japanese technology.
The next thing I was worried about was a 2F jewelry shop called "AbHer AbHerï store, which I was interested in, went to. The delicate work that is carefully handmade in the atelier on the east side of Tokyo excels. There is also a design that feels a Japanese taste.
The chain ring, which is also the icon of this brand (upper in the photo, 270,000 yen / veil from the left, 250,000 yen / amethyst, 420,000 yen / garnet, 310,000 yen / topper) can be changed by slide adjusters, so the size can be changed according to the fashion of the day (that is, it can be fat). For men, it can be used as a gift for her who doesn't know the size! Designed with attractive color stones, this item's clear brilliance makes your fingers shine. I wonder if there is a layering.
These color stones and diamond rings (lower in the photo, 575,000 yen from the left, 485,000 yen, 224,000 yen) are also wonderful because of the cuteness like a race and modern design!
This is a collection of silk threads on the surface. The name is "silk" (left: 210,000 yen, right: 260,000 yen). Recommended for those who are looking for a unique jewelry.
Some people think that jewelry is NG in kimono, but it is a story of a tea ceremony and a formal scene with rules. Kimonos are fashion, so you can enjoy fashion freely like clothes. The important thing is balance. I love small single-grain pierced earrings of diamond or pearl. Rings are attached as if they were clothes, but they are selected so that they do not get stuck in kimonos or obi.
There are many delicate pierced earrings that look good on footwear in "AbHer". I forget the passage of time because of the tension.
I'm in charge of pottery magazines, so I go to Kyoto almost every month, but I'm always worried about souvenirs. There's nothing to do with what you sell in Kyoto. To attract the attention of Kyoto people, you have to have both taste, topicality and package design.
In such a case, I will rush to the B2F of GINZA SIX. This food floor is useful because you can easily find shops that are only available here and those that are sold only here. Today, I'm going to HONMIDO.
"HONMIDO (Honmido)" is a GINZA SIX brand made for SIX. So it's only here. First of all, the design of the package leaves is cute!
The photo on the left is the popular "Honjindo Sand" (797 yen for 4 pieces, 1,297 yen for 8 pieces). Sweets with gentle light snow (merenge) sandwiched between Lang de Sha. The standard is kinako and matcha, and depending on the season, it has a seasonal taste. Lang de Sha with cream sandwiches are often seen, but light snow is fresh. It's good for souvenirs to carry without worrying about the temperature.
And what? "Mitarashi pancake" (352 yen for 2 pieces, 1,000 yen for 6 pieces)! It's sour and sour. Thick taste sauce in rice milk pudding sandwiched between fluffy pancakes. It's a gentle taste. By the way, the cute box of the baked pancake I purchased became my hairpin.
Also stylish almond pie and cinnamon pie package. The crisp and fragrant leaf pie is made by kneading carefully selected butter. Both almonds and cinnamons have solid sweetness and taste. 1,065 yen for 2 almond pie and 2 cinnamon pie.
Finally. I didn't bother you this time, but there is a The Kanze Noh Theater on the B3F of GINZA SIX. It's a must-have for a performance at Noh theater. After the theater, hang around while looking into the shops you care about, and enjoy the silver balloon with kimono.
Text: Naoko Fuuraya Photos: Natsuko Okada Edit: Yuka Okada
Imagine you’ve taken the time, and maybe spent some money, to put on a kimono … only to immediately take it off? What a waste that would be! Why not head to GINZA SIX instead? You can access it by underground passageway directly from Ginza Station as well as Higashi-ginza Station, closest to the Kabuki-za theater. There’s no need to worry even if it’s raining. With your pulse rising as you step into the beautiful interior, you feel this is what Tokyo should stand for, Tokyo, among the world’s leading cities! The people here, be they Japanese or from overseas, all have a high level of esthetic sense. As I stroll around this new Ginza landmark, I can flaunt one of my favorite kimono to everyone. kimono serves as magical veils that conceal innate imperfections. And the smiles of the staff at the high-end brand and jewelry stores, which I normally can’t screw up the nerve to enter, are heartwarming! It’s the truth (smiles).
Right, let’s go. I’m wearing only one color, a combination of an Ishige Yuki Tsumugi kimono with a sarasa-patterned obi (kimono sash). I begin my tour at Okano on the fourth floor, which was opened by a producer of Hakata-ori (silk fabric made in Hakata), whom I happen to work with professionally, to serve as its flagship store offering kimono suited to the landscape of Tokyo.
I want to buy a half-width obi, suitable for grownups. Half-width obi are associated with yukata (cotton summer kimono). But nowadays, even sophisticated kimono wearers, who wear kimono on a daily basis, are choosing half-width obi for a casual, yet mature look. A prime example of this is Kyoto cuisine expert Chizuru Ohara, who likes to wear half-width obi. She writes a regular column for Kimono Salon, the magazine I’m in charge of. You can also use obijime (decorative string) and obidome (decorative clip); viewed from the front, it looks just like a Nagoya-obi (one type of obi). If you master them, you’re sure to enjoy wearing kimono in a more cozy way. And since the Hakata-ori is the easiest kind to tighten, you’ll be able to try fastening the obi in various ways.
Store-clerk Sashikubi-san pulls out various half-width obi to show me. Immediately, I take a shiny, vivid royal blue one. I fasten it with a sanbuhimo obijime and obidome. I notice it really suits the tsumugi kimono I’m wearing that day.
Wow! This is a Hakata-ori kimono, isn’t it?! It’s a handsome kimono perfectly suited to city life. Hakata-ori has a history going back 777 years, and its obi are very famous, particularly those with a pattern called dokko. Apparently, they only produce around 800 kijaku (standard length of material used for a kimono) of fabric each year. Various Hakata-ori obi with fresh new designs you would expect from a store directly operated by the fabric producer are available here.
Incidentally, Okano has adopted the concept of bringing all-Japan-made to the world. In addition to kimono and obi, it supplies a wide range of modern fashion accessories. An original collection of scarves called “Den” (32,000 yen; all prices listed before tax), made with a white base fabric from Fukui, are shaped in Kyoto and dyed in Yokohama. They might look lovely even as linings or obi sashes!
And even if you’re not a kimono fan, some items you should definitely check out are the high-quality Hakata-ori silk scarves (27,000 yen). They’re woven by the same craftspeople as the kimono and obi. They’re soft and light to the touch. The Japanese geometric patterns, which include Wachigai Asanoha, featured in Hokusai’s Sketches, and Mutsude Bishamon tortoise shell, are beautiful. The scarves would make ideal gifts for friends overseas or for men as well.
Okano seeks to make products in new dimensions straddling the boundary between Japanese-style clothing and Western clothing. I was struck by the potential of Hakata-ori, one of Japan’s traditional techniques.
My next port of call is AbHerï, a jewelry store on the second floor, which I’ve been interested in visiting for some time. The exquisite products demonstrate the finest craftsmanship, and are carefully handcrafted at a studio on Tokyo’s east side. Some of the designs also provide a hint of Japanese tastes.
The brand’s icons are its chain rings (the top row in this photograph, from left to right: 270,000 yen (beryl), 250,000 yen (amethyst), 420,000 yen (garnet), 310,000 yen (topaz)). The size can be altered using the slide adjuster. You can wear them on any finger to suit your tastes for that day. In other words, you can wear them even if your fingers swell… They’re wonderful. One would make a great present for a man to give his girlfriend if he didn’t know her ring size. The designs are such that the colored stones stand out. The clear sparkle on your finger is spellbinding. What if I wear it with other rings?
These colored-stone rings, as well as the diamond rings (the bottom row in this photograph, from left to right: 575,000 yen, 485,000 yen, 224,000 yen), are fantastic. They combine an innocence evocative of delicate lace with modern designs.
The surface of these articles is designed to resemble dense silk threads. The name is “Silk” (left: 210,000 yen, right: 260,000 yen). I recommend them for people looking for individualistic jewelry.
Some people believe you shouldn’t wear jewelry with a kimono. That restriction really applies only for tea ceremonies or formal situations with established rules. A kimono is a fashion item. Just as you would with Western attire, you should feel free to enjoy experimenting with different styles. The important thing is balance. I love wearing pierced earrings with a single little diamond or pearl. I wear rings just as I do with Western clothing, but I choose ones that won’t snag the kimono or obi.
AbHerï offers an abundance of elegant pierced earrings that look like they would go well with kimono, each attractive in its own way. I feel giddy just looking at them. I forget the passage of time.
Because I’m in charge of a kimono magazine, I travel to Kyoto almost every month. Still, I’m always at a loss about what to take as presents. The articles sold in Kyoto are uninspiring. For Kyoto people to be drawn to something, it has to reflect remarkable taste, be trendy, and be attractively packaged.
What I do is head to the second belowground floor in GINZA SIX. On this food floor, it’s easy to find stores that can only be found here and goods sold only here. It’s a real treasure trove. Today I make my way to HONMIDO.
HONMIDO is a brand created just for GINZA SIX by Kasho Sanzen, which is famous for Haginotsuki, a confectionery and a popular souvenir from Sendai. The brand’s goal is to distribute unique Japanese confectionery blurring the boundary between Japanese-style and Western-style confectionery, beloved by people the world over. The brand is available only here. For starters, the leaf design on the packaging is really pretty.
On the left of this photograph are the popular HONMIDO Sandwiches (four sandwiches: 797 yen, eight sandwiches: 1,297 yen). They’re actually a confectionery, with a soft meringue sandwiched between langue de chat. The most popular variety is flavored with roasted soy powder and powdered green tea. Seasonal varieties are also available at only certain times of the year. Langue de chat with cream sandwiched in between is fairly common, but replacing the cream with meringue is a new idea. You needn’t worry about the temperature on your way back, so it makes for a great souvenir gift.
And what are these? They’re Mitarashi pancakes (352 yen for two, 1,000 yen for six). The idea of a sweet-salty pancake is intriguing. Sandwiched between the fluffy pancakes is a rice milk pudding. Inside is a blob of Mitarashi sauce (sweet soy sauce). The flavor is mild and pleasant. Incidentally, I’ve started using the appealing box containing the Mitarashi pancakes I bought as a container for my kanzashi hairpins.
Next is a package containing elegant-looking almond pies and cinnamon pies. Apparently, these crispy and fragrant pies are kneaded with a specially-selected butter. Each is made by hand. Both the almond and cinnamon versions are sweet and flavorsome. The price is 1,065 yen for a package of four, containing two almond pies and two cinnamon pies.
And there’s one place to recommend before ending this coverage. Although I didn’t go there this time, on the third belowground floor is the Kanze Noh Theater. I urge you to wear a kimono when you go to see a Noh performance. Once the play is over, why not take a stroll in your kimono to check out the stores you’re interested in? GINZA SIX is a perfect place to enjoy the Ginza experience.
Text: Naoko Furuya Photos: Natsuko Okada Edit: Yuka Okada
Editor-in-chief of the magazine Katei Gaho Tokusen Kimono Salon. Joined Sekai Bunka Publishing Inc. in 1988; subsequently placed in charge of men’s fashion in the editorial department of Men’sEx magazine. Later, she worked in the book editorial department, producing three books for renowned beauty consultant Ikko, all of which became bestsellers. Thereafter, she served as editor-in-chief for MISS Wedding and NEXTWEEKEND magazines. She is currently a multi-editor, handling both production and purchasing for Wabijin Hyakaten (kgwabijin.jp), the official Kimono Salon e-commerce site.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram