#203 is the store number in the Kinokuniya Building in Japantown.

Asakichi kimono (SHIGE Kimono) carries a variety of Kimono and its related items.  

NOTE : These Kimono and Kimono accessories pictures are representitive of prodcuts sold at ASAKICHI, and are not photos of actual available products.

Vintage Kimonos
- women
Discerning customers prefer pre-owned (vintage) kimonos that are several generations old. In fact, most of those offered by Asakichi Kimon were created in Japan before 1945. Of course, Asakici carefully inspects each vintage kimono to ensure only the finest are for sale

Furisode Kimono makes a very special "statement" in the Japanese societey. It is only worn by young women who have just reached 20 years of age. At that point in her life, she is now recognized as an adult and gains the official right to vote, drink and smoke.

But most significantly, the young woman wearing the Furisode is obviously declaring her availability for marriage! The Furisode Kimono is only made from the highest quality fine silk, with bright colors.

Wedding Kimono
As you might expect, the Japanese Wedding Kimono has a long and rich history. Called an "Uchikake" in Japan, this kimono predates the Edo period in Japanese history, where, at that time, it was a formal wear for ladies of noble families and warrior class. Eventually the Uchikake kimono became a wedding kimono which was passed down to the brides by each older generation.

Worn as an over-kimono, it is usually adorned with patterns of pines and chrysanthemums, or birds such as cranes, each created from very colorful gold and silver threads. The pines and chrysanthemums, (and frequently, waves) are symbols of long life. Typically there is a bright red inner lining.Another wedding kimono is the Siromuku, which translates as "pure white". This pure color symbolizes that the young bride is a blank canvas ready to learn the new customs and ways of her husband.


The Haori are half-length jackets that are popular today with both men and women because they go perfectly with blue jeans, pantsuits, or skirts. It's designed to be worn partly open making it a "one size fits all" garmet.Yet for all its fashion sense, the Haori also has a long history. Prior to the end of Japans's Meiji era, the Haori was only worn by men. Later though, it became common for women to wear the Haori over a kimono.

When a woman is properly dressed in the traditional kimono, you immediately notice the decorative sash tied in a very large bow at the back.This is called the Obi, and it dates from the Tokugawa period of the 17th to late 19th centruy, where it was originally just a simple waistband. By the Muromachi period however, the Obi had become part of the Kimono ensemble and in the Edo period, it reached today's stature with its wide sash and large bow.
Tying the Obi is quite complex because it is over 12 feet long and is tied without any hooks or fasteners. Naturally, there are many types of Obis such as the Hitoe-Obi, Fukuro-Obi, Nagoya-Obi, Maru-Obi, and so forth, to match the season, occasion,and type of kimono.Today the Obi is more likely to be found in the home being used as a display tablecloth or draped over a tansu cabinet.

- women
- men

If you are looking for a "beginner kimono" the Yukata is perfect. It's a casual garment made of a light cotton material, so it does not need the traditional care afforded a typical silk komono.The Yukata is normally worn in the summer as a bathrobe, dressing robe, simple streetware, or for some festivals. Stay at a traditional guesthouse and you will often be expected to wear a Yukata adorned in their "house color".
The most common colors of the Yukata are blue and white, but any color or pattern may be found, making the Yukata you choose a very personal experience.

The Happi Kimono is just like it's name sounds...a coat that is worn at joyous occasions like summer festivals. Also known as a Hanten, both men and women wear them and adorn them with names and symbols of festival locations on the front and back. If you are looking for something very unusual and colorful, look at our Happi Kimonos!

No Kimono outfit is complete without the Kanzashi hairpin. Arrange your hair in a bun hairstyle and then stick in this U-shaped Kanzashi to hold everything in place.

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