Many of you who like Japan or have visited Japan may know “Akihabara”(秋葉原), or called shortly “Akiba”, where a lot of stuff are sold relating electronic devices, animation, figures, or subcultures.
Very close to Akiba, there is a place called “2k540 AKI-OKA Artisan”. “2k540″ is pronounced “Ni Ke Yon Go Maru”, named from railway terminology meaning the place 2.5 km from Tokyo station.
This is the place under railway between “Akihabara” station and “Okachimachi” station, where a lot of small shops of artisans that sell hand-made crafts from traditional to modern. Okachimachi used to have a lot of artisans and craftworkers who developed Japanese traditional crafts in Edo era.
2k540 AKI-OKA Artisan was established aiming to provide the place to unrenowned or young artisans to show their activities and appeal their talents.
Ms. Uchiyama, who makes Kimono gown was coordinator of this event and played “Watering Girl” role !
There was a male Shitate-ya (仕立て屋), who is very rare nowadays.
His live sewing can be seen at YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/user/KimoKame
Male Kimono maker
The house was decorated with several Kimonos and fabrics.
Although, the events finished and there were no live exhibition of sewing now, the place is very nice to visit.
It is only 400 Yen to enter the Museum.
If you have a chance to visit the suburb of Tokyo, why don’ t you try ?
Our artisans held a market on May 27th, in tribute to “GOFUKU NO HI”.
It was only one day event on 27th borrowing the bar space, but unfortunately not on the exact date of “GOFUKU NO HI” (5/29) because all of the members have their regular jobs to live on and the weekend was the only chance for them.
Tsuzuku Kimono Market on 5/27
“Tsuzuku Kimono” is the name of the group, which our artisans formed and belong to.
Its nature is something like small, modern “Guild” for Kimono artisans.
Artisan - Tsuchihashi Rumi
Artisan - Haha-Game
Artisan - Uchiyama Izumi
They plan and create their original products of Japanese-taste such as Kimono, bags, Post cards, stamps, and so on. There are another members in addition to our artisans, including only one male member.
Look at a part of their products sold on the market below. Thy are all made by hand !
Bags remade from Kimono fabric
Pretty stamps made of Plastic Erasers
Post Cards with Stamped Picture
Fans with Stamped Pictures
Coin Purse made from Kimono Fabric
Some of visitors were also wearing pretty Kimono, which contributed to radiate the feel of “Retro Japanese” on the market.
It is always fun to watch original coordination of Kimono and Obi of each person ^^/
Some of them may give you a hint for your new Kimono coordination with Obi.
Visitors in Kimono
They are all casual Kimono coordination that have different tastes and atmosphere from gorgeous coordination for Furisode or Homongi like linked below.
As this market was held only one day, “Tsuzuku Kimono” is planning to have another markets as many as possible soon.
Kimokame is cheering them on and supporting their activities !
KimoKame is a labor of love from a team of Japanese who want
to promote high-quality Japanese handmade products to the world.