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Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby stevepoppers » Thu 08.09.2007 12:29 am

Who knows where I can find a plain black kimono, white nagajuuban, and black hakama pants online? All should be made from an relatively inexpensive, easy to care for fabric, like some kind of cotton.
I'm sorry if this is an annoying post or if you think I sound like a moron. I'm just trying to get some help because I've been looking without much luck, so I'd appreciate only helpful replies, if you could.

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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby chikara » Thu 08.09.2007 12:52 am

Have you tried Google?

You may be able to get what you want thru' JapaneseGifts.com which is in English.
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby Infidel » Thu 08.09.2007 1:01 am

I'm generally against buying any clothing over the internet, other than t-shirts. Even those end up not fitting perfectly.

The internet may a great place to find a Kimono shop, but I would still go there and check out the goods in person before buying anything. Especially considering how expensive kimonos are.

You can save several thousand dollars just getting a pattern and making your own, or concentrating on shops that sell used kimonos.
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 08.09.2007 8:46 am

Infidel wrote:

The internet may a great place to find a Kimono shop, but I would still go there and check out the goods in person before buying anything. .


assuming one can just go down to the local kimono shop right? You realize outside of japan, the number of Kimono shops is very limited rigth?
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby Infidel » Thu 08.09.2007 10:43 am

yup, but since a Kimono can easily cost more than a car, It would be worth it. It's no different than being willing to pay an independent mechanic to evaluate a used car before you buy it, even though it can significantly increase the buying cost of your car, especially if the mechanic gives a no-go for the first 5 cars.
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby jziemba » Thu 08.09.2007 1:14 pm

If you want a "real one" It's gonna cost alot of $$$ so I'd just fly over to Japan. However I see look alikes for around 3000-5000 yen around tourist places. Anyway I'm too tired to remember what I was going to say in the first place I'm going to go to bed before I make myselk look even dumber. :|
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby RpgN » Thu 08.09.2007 1:58 pm

What a coincidence! I just saw one for sale at a Dutch forum! She said it's a Japanese one she bought for 190 euro and wants to sell it for 100 euro. Here's the link:

http://www.aniway.nl/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7945

So could it be the real thing? Or just a cheap look a like?
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby stevepoppers » Thu 08.09.2007 2:30 pm

What could be the difference between a "real" kimono, and a look alike?
Regardless, I don't need anything that's as much as a car.
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 08.09.2007 3:58 pm

real and look alike.. the same as nike name brand and nike knock offs.. quality of material and quality of labor.
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby Mike Cash » Thu 08.09.2007 5:25 pm

stevepoppers wrote:
What could be the difference between a "real" kimono, and a look alike?
Regardless, I don't need anything that's as much as a car.


Kimono are sort of like futon; the western idea of what they are can differ radically from the Japanese idea of what they are.

If you had the slightest inkling of what kimono are to Japanese, you'd find the whole idea of ordering one off the internet ludicrous.
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby AJBryant » Thu 08.09.2007 7:07 pm

Now if I could get a decent *real* Japanese futon set off the internet...


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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 08.09.2007 8:11 pm

Mike Cash wrote:
stevepoppers wrote:
What could be the difference between a "real" kimono, and a look alike?
Regardless, I don't need anything that's as much as a car.


Kimono are sort of like futon; the western idea of what they are can differ radically from the Japanese idea of what they are.

If you had the slightest inkling of what kimono are to Japanese, you'd find the whole idea of ordering one off the internet ludicrous.


I had written a long reply in which I detailed the cost of purchasing/renting/cleaning real kimonos... But then I realized that the OP really doesn't want a real kimono (the Cotton part was a giveaway) and so deleted the whole thing.

And Tony,
About 5 years ago I tried searching for real Jp futons in America. Although there are internet sites that sell them, most (even the english ones) are based in JP and won't ship internationally. However, I bet you could find SOMEPLACE on 楽天 that might be willing to ship internationally.

Worse comes to worse, I have no problem with buying one and shipping it over for you. =)
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby SenescenceReign » Thu 08.09.2007 8:36 pm

Worse comes to worse, I have no problem with buying one and shipping it over for you. =)


For some reason, that struck me as a really really sweet offer. I feel like I should thank you by proxy.
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby Tspoonami » Thu 08.09.2007 9:45 pm

Mike Cash wrote:
If you had the slightest inkling of what kimono are to Japanese, you'd find the whole idea of ordering one off the internet ludicrous.

I think that this site gives a good idea of what Mike is talking about. If not, please correct me.
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RE: Buying Kimono Over the Internet

Postby tanuki » Thu 08.09.2007 10:00 pm

Harisenbon wrote:
I had written a long reply in which I detailed the cost of purchasing/renting/cleaning real kimonos...


Oh, do tell!
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