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Follow the kimono buyer sisters!!

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Follow the kimono buyer sisters!!
  • Terry
    Terry
    usaA key player introducing the beauty of kimono in the U.S.
    Owns a second-hand kimono shop in the U.S.
  • Shelly
    Shelly
    usaA key player introducing the beauty of kimono in the U.S.
    Owns a second-hand kimono shop in the U.S.

Follow the kimono buyer sisters!!

  • Owns a second-hand kimono shop in the U.S.

    Owns a second-hand kimono shop in the U.S.

    Terry and Shelly sisters arrive from the U.S. to buy and research for second-hand kimonos to sell at their own shop back home. Shelly is wearing a jacket which has been remodeled into from a men's hamono! Their shop is apparently the biggest among the second-hand kimono industry in the U.S. and we are very honored to be able to follow them. Saying good-bye for now and meet up again when they explore the town for shopping!


    Nippori Senigai, the sacred spot for kimono lovers.

    Nippori Senigai, the sacred spot for kimono lovers.

    Meeting up at Nippori station and we're off to the wholesale street! Terry and Shelly are headed to their favorite kimono shop located in the Senigai in Nippori. They seem super happy to be surrounded by so many kimonos. One of their missions of this trip is to find "komon" kimonos. "Komon" is one of kimono types, which has little patterns in whole and according to them this is the most popular type of kimono in the U.S. rather than homongi or furisode. They shop for 40 items cruising around other favorite shops.


    Key players introducing the beauty of kimono in the U.S.

    Key players introducing the beauty of kimono in the U.S.

    What makes the sisters special is their uniqueness in how to wear kimono. Of course the traditional way, but also many other ways such as haori style as part of a Lolita fashion, bright women's kimono as a men's long jacket and as a short skirt to match up with boots...so unique! Taking the kimono taste into fashion has become popular in the U.S. especially among famous artists, thanks to the sisters!


    Why Mt. Koya?

    Why Mt. Koya?

    The next morning the sisters are headed to Wakayama by trains. 5 minutes on a cable car takes them to their final destination… Mt. Koya! But wait, kimono shopping in a mountain?


    What makes Mt. Koya special.

    What makes Mt. Koya special.

    As soon as they arrive at the entrance they can't hide their feelings because of the special memory they've had. The reason why they became so interested in kimono was the souvenir from their father. It was the most beautiful kimono they had never seen and that became the trigger in starting their own business and gaining the knowledge by themselves.


    A life changing divine message from a Jizo.

    A life changing divine message from a Jizo.

    Shelly became ill losing the ability to walk, they had no choice but to give up on their dreams. But because of Terry's love and support Shelly was able to go through 7 years of painful rehabilitation and started walking! Shelly could not give up on her dream of starting their kimono business even while working in a different industry she decides to come out to Japan for a research. That is when she, while eating mikan, met the Jizo who delivered her the divine message to start a kimono business. It was the Jizo of Mt. Koya that encouraged the sisters to finally give it a go!


    A memorable place for making their dreams come true.

    A memorable place for making their dreams come true.

    The sisters are headed to their memorable place where it made their dreams come true, and finally reunited with the Jizo! They are filled with joy being able to return to the place together where their dream became true.


    Renewing their resolutions!

    Renewing their resolutions!

    The sisters make a toast by the Jizo with mikans in their hands, renewing their resolutions for an even better future. Thank for letting us follow your trip, best of luck with your future!