All posts by Billy Matsunaga

熊本に住んでいる、着物に熱愛しているドイツ人です。 I'm Billy and working as a professional trained kimono stylist and teacher in Kumamoto City. "Kuma Kimono Koi" comes from "熊本で着物に恋している (kumamoto de kimono ni koi shiteiru)" which means "Loving Kimono in Kumamoto", which is what I am actually doing.

Kimono Meet-Up and Workshop in Germany

Some news for you: we’re gonna meet up in Germany! Who wants to join?

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How To Buy a Brand New Kimono

How and where does one order new kimono? What should I be careful about when purchasing a kimono? Read all about what you should know about ordering a brand new kimono.

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The oldest Kimono Store in the Heart of Osaka

Today I want to introduce a kimono store, I wanted to go to for so long. And finally – after waiting years to have time for trip to Osaka – I’ve been there and by the way was pretty amazed. What amazed me that much? Well, you can find out here.

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Happy New Year 2019

It’s a bit late, but a new year has started and I couldn’t be more excited. See and read more about my New Year’s Eve shooting.

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Kimono Workshop in Montreal – Thank you!

This summer I had the unbelievable chance to visit Canada and give a kimono workshop there. Read more about what we learned and don’t forget to read until the end to know where the next workshop will be held.

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Faunal Kimono Pattern

Animals are probably the most symbolic pattern among all kimono pattern. Most of them have a meaning. Find the one you are looking for.

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22nd Lesson: Kimono Patterns and Their Meaning

This is probably recently the question I’m asked the most: what kind of pattern is this? What is its meaning? And when can you wear it? Here is an overview of kimono pattern and their meaning.

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Floral Kimono Pattern

Floral patterns are probably the most popular and enchanting among all kimono pattern. Hopefully you find the flower, blossom, or tree you are looking for.

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21st Lesson: How to Ride a Bike in Your Kimono

The most inconvenient thing about kimono: you can’t ride a bike, because it’ll open up and reveal things you don’t want to show in public. Here’s a simple trick how to ride a bike in your kimono without any problems.

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Unique, Beautiful, Entertaining: Arita Ceramics Fair

When you think of an old Japanese town, everyone would think of Kyoto. But there are even more old towns left in Japan. One of them is Arita in Saga Prefecture and it is also the birth place of Japanese porcelain.

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