KORIAMA, Fukushima Prefecture – Surprisingly, permanent museums dedicated to traditional Japanese clothing are rare in Japan, making the opening here at the Bandi-Atami Onsen hot spring resort a sure bet for fashion followers.
The Japan Kimono Museum, which opened its doors on October 7, displays rare kimonos made between the Edo period (1603-1867) and the early Showa period (1926-1989).
The collection consists of about 4,600 kimono-related items, some of which are on display. Exhibitions are replaced by events.
The items include the “Dougi” jacket worn by “oiran”, the high-end “Yujo” prostitutes, the colorful long-sleeved “Furisode” and the daily wear “Maison” kimono with stylish patterns.
The museum‘The Japanese Kimono Culture Museum, which is run by the Foundation, was closed after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami damaged the building and facilities.
Belluna Co., which operates under the umbrella of major kimono retailer Sagami Corporation, has entered into an agreement with the foundation to re-open the facility.
“We hope that many more fans will pass through the museum and expand the scope of kimono culture,” said Yukihiro Katabe, president of Sagami Group Holdings, the company that manages the museum.
It opens at 10 am and closes between January and March.
Admission is 1,000 yen ($7.20) for adults.