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If you change into your kimono! GINZA SIX—How About Changing into a Kimono?!
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.77
If you spent time and you spent money by any chance and wore kimono…It is a shame that we take off immediately! Let's go to GINZA SIX with the foot. We are connected directly by underpass from both Kabuki-Za nearest Higashi-Ginza Station and subway Ginza Station, and we do not have to worry even if it rains. World advanced TOKYO must be like that! The space beauty that tension goes up this. Gathering person performs sensitivity high regardless of home and abroad and swings new famous place of na Ginza and "we show off" favorite kimono and are one. Veil of magic that "kimono covers various defects" all the more if pale-complexioned. Smile of high-end brand and the staff of shop of jewelry who usually become diffident a little is kind! Of this, the truth talk; sho.
Well, well. I who am one tone coordination of obi of printed cotton print for Ishige Tsumugi Yuki (ishigeyuukitsumugi). At first to "OKANO" (Okano) of 4F which weaver of Hakata ori which, because of the profession, was taken care of opened as "flagship shop which suggested kimono looking good on scenery of TOKYO."
It is half-breadth sash of adult that I want. Half-breadth sash is apt to think like yukata-obi, but, in fact, is managing half-breadth sash of high adult of hobby characteristics as senior wearing kimono almost every day now. Dishes researcher of Kyoto having you publish serially in magazine "kimono Salon" which I am in charge of, half-breadth sash-style of Chizuru Ohara are the first on the list. Judging from before, it seems that we use obi cord and obi buckle to Nagoya style sash commonly. We must be able to enjoy kimono more casually if we master. Besides, tei meyasusa number one Hakata ori seems to be able to challenge various obi ends.
Pongee of me on this day looks good if we do string and obi buckle to half-breadth sash of vivid royal blue that we liked at glance for three minutes while we had Sashikubi of the staff provide.
Is it fault? Is this not "kimono" of Hakata ori? Handsome kimono looking good on city! As for the historical Hakata ori called 777 years, "obi" represented by Tokko (where comes) print is too famous, but there seems to be the standard length of cloth for kimono (fabric of kimono) that only approximately 800 a year weave. Obi has Hakata ori of new design sense only in weaver shop equal, too.
By the way, we develop a lot not only the cause, kimono and obi of concept to "the world but also modern fashion accessory by manufacturing of oar Japan" in OKANO. Is it wonderful even if we do white cloth of Fukui, model of Kyoto, original scarf "DEN" to be dyed of Yokohama (price all as follows tax-excluded for each 32,000 yen ※) to the back of a wing and obi bustle?
And must-see one is stole (27,000 yen) of silk of good-quality Hakata ori even if we do not like kimono. Feel that is soft with thing by textile plant worker same as kimono and obi with moisture. Aestheometry of the sum including rinimayo (wachigaiasanoha) and six hand Bishamon carapaces of a turtle (mutsudebishamonkikkou) which we collected data on is beautiful, and it seems to be pleased with present to overseas friend and man by Hokusai comics.
"OKANO" which pursues manufacturing in dimension more than frames called Western clothes in Japanese dress. We felt possibility of Hakata ori which was Japanese tradition technique.
Shop "AbHerï" (aberi) of jewelry of 2F worried about having gone next. Delicate work handcrafted carefully in atelier in East Side of Tokyo is excellent. There is design feeling taste of some sum.
Comfort called (in other words, you can gain weight) which it is possible for on which finger in fashion on the day in total as size is changed into "chain ring" which is icon of this brand (from the upper section, the left in photograph 270,000 yen/beryl, 250,000 yen/amethyst, 420,000 yen/garnet, 310,000 yen/topaz) by slide adjuster. It is good for present to her which does not know size from man! As it is design that KOLOR stone becomes more attractive, we are enchanted by clear brightness of origin of finger. Is there stack charge account, too?
Design which is modern when pretty such as lace coexists, and ring (from the lower berth, the left in photograph 575,000 yen, 485,000 yen, 224,000 yen) of these KOLOR stones and diamond is wonderful, too!
As for the name that this expressed aggregate of silk thread on the surface "silk" (the left: 210,000 yen right: 260,000 yen). It is recommended to person who is looking for individual jewelry.
"Jewelry in kimono look there is one taking for NG", but it is talk of tea-ceremony room and the formal scene with rule. Because kimono is fashion, you should enjoy fashion in the same way as clothes freely. Important one balances. I use small person grain pierced earrings of diamond or pearl habitually. Ring is used to be sense same as clothes, but chooses thing which is not caught on kimono and obi.
There are a lot of delicate pierced earrings which seem to match footwear in "AbHerï", and charm different each. We forget that tension goes up, and time passes.
As is in charge of magazine of I footwear, go to Kyoto approximately every month, but present is always cause of worry. It lacks creativity with thing which is sold in Kyoto. It does not become taste to draw attention of person from Kyoto when topicality and package design are not equal.
We rush into B2F of GINZA SIX in such a case. As thing to sell only shop, here to provide only here is easily found in these foods floor, it is useful. Today to "HONMIDO" (this true temple).
Brand that Kasho Sanzen which was famous for Sendai famous confection "Hagi no tsuki" made "HONMIDO" (this true temple) for GINZA SIX saying "we want to send cake only in Japan loved more than Japanese confectionery, genre called Western confectionery from all over the world." Therefore there is here only. At first design of leaf of package is pretty!
"This true temple sand" which is popular the photograph left (797 yen with four, 1,297 yen with eight). Cake which sandwiched gentle light snow (meringue) with langue de chat. Constant seller seems to have seasonally limited taste with soybean flour and Matcha depending on time. Sand has good langue de chat which will have, and cream sees, but is fresh with awayuki. It is good for souvenir to be able to carry without minding temperature.
And is it something? When "we see and drip and are pancake" (352 yen with two, 1,000 yen with six)! It is aroused amajoppainotte. In rice milk pudding sandwiched between the pancake which did softly, dozed off; see, and drip; sauce. It is gentle taste called ... indeed. By the way, purchased; saw, and dripped, and my ornamental hairpin (Japanese hairpin) was able to enter pretty box of pancake.
Package of almond pie and cinnamon pie stylish once again. We knead butter selected carefully, and fragrant leaf pie seems to be handcrafted one by one lightly. Both almond and cinnamon are tasteful with reliable sweetness. It is 1,065 yen with four of two almond pies and two cinnamon pies.
Finally. We did not visit you this time, but there is The Kanze Noh Theater in B3F of GINZA SIX. It is kimono for performance of Noh theater by all means. Please enjoy silver burao with kimono lazily while looking in curious shop after theatergoing.
Text: Naoko Furuya 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
Naoko FuruyaEditor-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.