News Letter

News Letter

Thursday, July 20, 2006

No 127

Dear Customers & Friends
Hello from Japan! This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No127.We hope you are having a lovely weekend.It seems like there has been less snow in certain area, more rain, snow and heat in other areas-abnormal weather seems to be continuing this year also.
Today, Yuka is writing this newsletter about our daughter Shoko's Seijinshiki(Coming of Age Ceremony).When you turn to 20 years old, you are considered to be an adult-acutally, you can drink or get a driver's license when you turn to 18, but in general,becoming 20 is a big issue and celebrated.As we might have mentioned in our last newsletter, neither Ichiro or I did not attend Coming of Age Ceremony when we became 20 years old.I felt it was like a kind of imposition from the city ( each city holds the ceremony and invites the people), and was not interested in the ceremony at all. Ichiro seemed to be the same. We did not want to go to listen to the lecture of the mayor.
As a father and a mother of a new adult, we were really late to start preparing for the day. Our kimono seller friends said both of us are TOO slow and theywere like `our parents-and helped us hurrying to choose accessories and proceed and proceed the custom made kimono. At 3:30, I woke up in the morning and drove Shoko to the saloon. I could hardly sleep for fear of oversleeping, The whole city was still in a sleep, only the beauty saloon had lights on and some people were already working. I left Shokothere and went to our office at 4 o'clock. I knew Ichiro would be in the office in around 4:30, so I wanted to make the office warm for him.We worked while waiting the call from Shoko.When Shoko called to tell that she was ready, I picked her up and brought her to our office.
I have never imagined I would be working with Ichiro like this. I have never imagined we would be selling kimono. Ichiro was working at the department store and I cannot remember how we could come to this place after he left the department store. As I watch Ichiro taking photos of Shoko, I just could not believe what I was seeing.He has been a really good father always but he just did not have time at home when he was at the department store. He could never be home before 10 o'clock at night, so most of the time, children were asleep. He chose the fabric to make a furisode kimono for Shoko and I could really see him feeling satisfied. We were both overwhelmed by the joy of doing this business together. Her red furisode has Yuzen dyed classical patterns-we liked the shading colors of the patterns and the red color. The green obijime and obiage are tied over a Kara ori weaving obi. Shoko wanted to try green color kimono but we found red seemed better on her. The bag and zori sandals were sold as a set and they were made from woven obi fabric.We thought the pattern looked very similar to the obi.I drove her to the city assembly hall for the ceremony. Boys seemed to come with their friends together, and girls came by their parents' cars. The number of girls in furisode and shawl increased and it was like a garden of flowers. Most boys were in a dark suit, only some boys were in kimono and hakama.Afterwards, Shoko told me, except a few girls in a dress, all girls were in furisode. Some of them rented and some said they were given by parents. I could not know which was more in numbers, but it was surprising. I thought more girls were wearing dresses. I could understand parents are eager to see their daughters in kimono, especially furisodewhich is a formal wear for a single women and the most decorative garment. The average rental cost seemed around $440.00. Here is the photos of her taken in our office room:

We want to thank you for your e-mails to congratulate Shoko's Coming of Age ceremony. We are so lucky - we like this job so much and receiving so many warm words and wishes from all over the world was such a wonderful surprise for us. We savored the special day as a father and a mother, and the red kimono became a very special piece for us. It made her Coming of Age Ceremony day unforgettable and also gave us a happiest memory.
We are adding obi, karinui fabric and bolt in about 5 or 6 hours. Please check our new arrivals.domo arigato gozaimasu. We wish you a peaceful and blissful new week.
Ichiro & Yuka WadaKimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"
e-mail: info@ichiroya.comaddress: Asia-shoji Bldg.301 1841-1 Nishi 1 chome Wakamatsu cho Tondabayashi city Osaka 584-0025 JAPANTEL&FAX ****( international number ) - 81-721-23-5446


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