Retailing kimono in contemporary Japan

July 19, 2009

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Warehouse shops like these sell kimono; this one is tucked away in Izumisano, in suburban Osaka.

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I mentioned previously Shijo-dori or Shijo Street, one of the main roads in the Gion quarter of Kyoto. Here it is very early on a dull November day – long before trading starts, looking from the river end towards one of the entrances to Maruyama Park, In the middle of this photo, beyond the white parked car, are the three or four kimono accessory shops mentioned previously. So this amounts to the high-end kimono accessory retailing channel: obijime, kanzashi, etc.

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