HitoikiKimono

Home of Beautiful Used Japanese Kimono

Kumamoto, Japan | 1025 Sales

HitoikiKimono

Home of Beautiful Used Japanese Kimono

Kumamoto, Japan 1025 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars
(282)

Announcement   We're continually adding new listings for beautiful, vintage kimono and
traditional Japanese clothing, and shipping globally from Japan. ♪♪♪

We already sold more than 1000 items since we opened this site.
Now we are holding "Sold 1000 Sale 30%Off" as a memorial.

We hope you’ll find the kimono, etc., you’ll love.😊

Check back regularly and we're sure you'll find something.🎵

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 30, 2018

We're continually adding new listings for beautiful, vintage kimono and
traditional Japanese clothing, and shipping globally from Japan. ♪♪♪

We already sold more than 1000 items since we opened this site.
Now we are holding "Sold 1000 Sale 30%Off" as a memorial.

We hope you’ll find the kimono, etc., you’ll love.😊

Check back regularly and we're sure you'll find something.🎵

Kokichi Murata

Contact shop owner

Kokichi Murata

View all 435 items

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(282)
See reviews that mention:
quality 32 shipping 62 customer service 32
View all 282 reviews

About

Bringing new life to traditional Japanese clothing

*See last picture in slideshow above for sizing info.

Koukichi is currently located in downtown Kumamoto, but our story starts in the neighboring city of Kikuchi. My shop started as a dyehouse located within a temple in Kikuchi. Due to a fire a long time ago during which records of the shop were lost, I don't know exactly when the shop first opened, but I can estimate that it was in the mid- to late-1800s. I'm the ninth generation owner.

Around the turn of the 20th century, the third generation owner, Sakuzaemon, expanded the business and began yuzen dyeing, a style of dyeing featuring intricate, hand-drawn patterns and designs. He also supported the arts by opening a school for painting called the Murata Etenarai Juku.

Interest in art still runs strong in my family, as my nephew is famed manga artist Yusuke Murata, and my eldest son does work in oil painting.

The city of Kikuchi had a long history of silk production, meaning there was a demand for dyeing, and the fourth through sixth generations of my shop focused mainly on silk dyeing. My grandfather, the seventh generation owner, studied dyeing in Kyoto and introduced those techniques into the products at the shop. My father unfortunately passed away at an early age, and so my mother took over and began selling dyed fabrics and clothing from Kyoto.

After WWII, silk production in Kikuchi decreased sharply and demand for dyeing fell as well. As such, when I became owner, I moved the shop from Kikuchi to Kumamoto and renamed it Koukichi (こう吉). I also focused the business on selling traditional Japanese clothing and accessories, as well as used kimono.

We now have two stores in Kumamoto City, Japan.

HITOIKI is the new brand name for original products made at Koukichi.

**Shipping policy: We ship everything via speedy and reliable EMS mail, which usually takes about 3 to 4 days to arrive. Kimono, etc., can be fairly heavy, and due to EMS pricing, we are unable to offer shipping discounts for multiple items purchased together. Thank you for your understanding and enjoy the kimono!

**CUSTOMERS IN FRANCE: EMS packages may be charged at high rates by Chronopost. We used to ship via SAL to France to avoid some of these fees, but SAL shipping to France is currently unavailable, so we are shipping via EMS only.

**APO ADDRESSES: Orders for APO addresses will automatically be shipped via SAL instead of EMS. EMS delivery is unavailable for APO addresses.

Around the web

Shop members

  • Koukichi Murata

    Owner

    Hi, my name is Koukichi and I'm the ninth generation owner of my family's business of selling kimono. I've been in the kimono business for more than 30 years. If you have any questions about kimono, please don't hestitate to ask.

  • Jason

    Customer Service

    Hi, my name is Jason and I handle English-Japanese translation duties, including inquiries, order confirmations, and some product listings.

Shop policies