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Tabata’s Vintage Kimono Shop [FUKUSEIDO]
“What kind of shop is this?”
That is what came to my mind every time I passed by the shop.
The shop sign reads, “vintage arts, vintage kimonos, cafe”
I hardly had any occasions to wear kimonos so I had no reason going in, but this time I decided to check it out.
Nearly Overflowing Amount of Fabric, Kimonos & Sashes
As soon as I got into the shop, OMG, I’ve never seen so much fabric before!!
Fabric, fabric, fabric everywhere
Everywhere you look, there is fabric!
There are over 5,000 items in the store, and it seems like the shop owner wouldn’t know what she has…
I would have never guessed what the inside looks like from the appearance of the shop, so I was in shock in a good way.
Inside the shop, there was a nostalgic smell of grandma’s house with some uptempo oldies music.
The owner of the shop, Ms. Arata, working on a project at the shop.
There was a good vibe throughout the inside of FUKUSUKEDO.
Not many places sell fabric as small as 10 cm, which brings many shoppers from all over Japan to visit FUKUSUKEDO
A unique variety of people shop at the store! Kimono-loving foreigners, people who are looking for kimonos for Japanese classical plays and more…
Many goods made from old kimono fabric
There are many cute goods made from old kimono fabric.
Such as this cloth brooch
Another kimono fabric brooch
Macaroon-shaped family crest
Monkey made from the seeds of balloon plants and cloth
Everything in the shop is handmade and cute.
Interview with Ms. Arata – Owner of FUKUSUKEDO
I was warmly welcomed by the owner Ms. Arata.
Some of the antique goods
Some unique goods made from green seeds from the plant named balloon plant
Because we have lots of varieties, people come to our shop from all over the country.
Scene of the workshop located in the back of the shop.Lots of goods are made here.
Oh, and also some foreigners and theatrical people as well!
They also have some handcraft classes and kimono-dressing classes.
It was so hard to even bring it into the shop… We had to take the windows out and somehow we put it through…
This unique staircase dresser is sold here for 420,000 Yen.
Kimonos have to be worn. Otherwise, the fabrics go bad quick.Kimonos are a limited resource like oil.
“Kimonos are a limited resource”
It was interesting to hear that from Ms. Arata.
With the advanced technology, some kimonos are machine-made nowadays. However, Ms. Arata stated that she can tell the difference with the texture of the fabric.
Kimonos used to be made with silk crepe, but that’s not the case anymore.
I want kimonos to be known more.
That statement shows a true love for kimonos.
Please visit this shop, even if you are just a tiny bit interested in kimonos.
Worker of FUKUSUKEDO
Ms. Arata has a lovely smile and personality. She opened FUKUSUKEDO with her friend, Mano-San, and passion for kimonos.
She is a dog lover as well. Don’t forget to say hi if you see her walking about with her two huge dogs.
Shop Hours: 11AM-5PM
※Hours for Cafe may vary
Closing days: Sundays, Holidays
Store Location: 1-9-11 Higashitabata Kita-Ku Tokyo
Directions: 6min Walk from Tabata Station North Gate. You can also take bus #44, Kitasenjyu Station Bound, to “Higashitabata 1 Station”.
(Translated by Ryo Sato)