used kimono usually from ¥1,000 - ¥2,500
- 2 Chome-10-6 Koenjj-Kita, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 3 minutes from JR Koenji Station, North Exit
- 080-8357-5390 (Japanese only)
- 12:00pm - 6:00pm, Closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays
- Staff speak Japanese only
NAKAMURA KIMONO OUTLET
Authentic Kimono on the Cheap
Many rental kimono shops can be found in tourist areas like Asakusa or Kyoto, where rental prices often start from around 4000 yen for just an hour or two. If you can pay the same price not just for an hour but to keep your own kimono as a wonderful Japanese souvenir, why wouldn’t you?
Nakamura Kimono Outlet operates under this idea; rather than rent kimono, they sell used kimono at very low prices. With a huge variety of patterns and colors, kimono are available for men and women from adolescent to adult. They also have accessories to complete the look. Many of the kimono you will find here are old authentic flower and nature pattern designs that have been passed down through generations. Although rental kimono may have more modern patterns and bold colors, Nakamura offers authentic silk-made kimono for as low as 1000 yen, even cheaper than some modern inauthentic polyester-based cloth versions. Nakamura is cheap because they get kimono at low prices from auctions, and in turn they sell them cheap to clear the stock. There may be slight issues with the garments that also lower the prices, but they are usually unnoticeable.
For example, you can find furisode kimono (long-sleeve kimono, usually worn at Coming of Age Ceremony) for just 2000 yen, where the original price may have been 20,000 yen– quite a bargain! You are allowed to try on kimono before purchasing, but be aware there is no full fitting service. However, the friendly owner will be happy to offer her advice to help you choose the kimono that suits you best.
[published February 2018]
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