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Japan Shopping - Crafting Supplies

…Okay, this is where most of my money went. This and tasty food. The three bolts at the top are kimono-related - the embroidered one is an unfinished obi bolt, and then the other two are undyed kimono bolts. I got the obi bolt and the plain kimono bolt for 1000¥ each at the Toji temple market, and then the fancy kimono bolt was probably my most expensive single item at 2800¥ (which honestly is still really inexpensive for something that lovely).

The burgandy sakura print is a polyester chirimen which was 1900¥ or so a meter, and the navy is either cotton or linen, and was 1440¥/m - it has images from a famous Japanese hand scroll I studied in art history, and I couldn’t resist it. Both were from Nomura Tailor in Kyoto, which I could have stayed at forever, basically. Amazing selection, decent prices, notions like crazy. I also got all the needlefelting supplies and the kanzashi templates (the little plastic things) in the bottom photo there.

The green stripe (pictured with my narrower green stripe to show off the color matching) is a cotton knit I got for 600¥/m at Nagato’s second shop in Nippori Fabric Town. Which is basically heaven on earth if you’re me - I would have picked up more if I had costumes planned or space in my luggage, but in the end it was mostly browsing. Of note - Okuyama had a ton of stuff in traditional Japanese weaving patterns in very affordable polyesters, as well as some well-priced silk-brocades, and Tomato Arch-Kan had some crazy-cheap staples as well as some fancy polyester brocades.

Most of the rest of my notions are from Toraya in Osaka, which also had a pretty great selection, though I kept it to just kimono-making stuff because ahaha money. A couple places in Nippori had the same stuff, but I was in Osaka first. And then the sashiko pattern book was from Kinokuniya.

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Japan Shopping - Nerdery

AKA ‘oh right, I had more photos to upload’. Two of books are from Kinokuniya (the one next to Shinjuku Station is huge and magical), and then the one on Hijikata is from the Hijikata Archive Room. Most of the figures and charms are from K-Books - I went to the one in Osaka, and then like three of the branches in Tokyo. The Gintama fics are from the Character store in Ikebukuro (where all things JUMP live), and some of the Hakuouki stuff is from the Anime store (also in Ikebukuro). The file folder and Saitou keychain - along with the Hijikata wine - I bought in Hakodate, at the Goryoukaku Tower gift shop.

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Japan Shopping - Wafuku

What I brought back! Minus various uninteresting kitsuke things (though I can… take photos if people want?), some plain zori, and a pair of hakama I forgot to photograph. I made out like a bandit, basically, so some shopping notes!

The first two were from a used kimono shop that’s a block or two past the Animate in Osaka - the light green was 200¥ and the dark green was 100¥, no I am not making those prices up. They had more expensive ones, but by that I mean like… 1700¥ (roughly $15 USD). There were a whole bunch of shops crammed into a few blocks of narrow back alleys, and they had a fantastic mix.

The purple kimono was 1000¥, at Tansu-ya, which is a chain selling new and used kimono and accessories. They’re a little more expensive - the 1000¥ rack was their low-end stuff - but it’s a little more curated and better-quality than some of the stuff in the Osaka shops. This came from the Nippori shop, though I bought most of the kitsuke accessories at the one in Shinjuku (which is in an underground mall connected to the station and thus confuses google maps terribly).

All four obi  and the light pink leaf kimono are from temple markets. The red geometric obi was from a table set up by… Yakasa Shrine, I think? Possibly Gion Shrine. It was 1000¥ if memory serves but I was out with a friend and we wandered a lot that day. Not a full-fledged market per se but there were a few vendors.

The rest are from the antiques market that happens on the first Sunday of the month at Tou-ji in southern Kyoto, which was a wonderful assortment of old stuff, obscure and otherwise (one vendor had templates that had been used for kimono fabric design production, assumably at some place now closed - they looked pretty old). The kimono was 500¥, the black obi was 1000¥, and the kaku obi were 500¥ and 1500¥ (It doesn’t show in that photo, but one has a lot more edge wear and some slight fading). 

The first Sunday market is apparently the tame, small one - there are a few regular ones in both Kyoto and Osaka, and some are huge. You can also haggle, but I don’t know enough Japanese and the only thing I turned down because of price was a 4,000¥ quilted kimono and I don’t know if I could have talked down to how much I had on me. Doing a google search for ‘kyoto temple markets’ and ‘osaka temple markets’ will get you places and dates.

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