Japanese culture

  • 2021.02.07

Japanese pattern 2

Hello, I’m Shinji aka Warashibe Choyja (Straw Millionaire). This time, the Japanese pattern will be Japanese as it was last time. This time, I would like to include a little specialized story that even Japanese people do not know. As an aside, the other day I went to Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture for a kimono job. Tokamachi at this time has a lot of snow. There is also a kimono called “Akashi Chijimi” that uses this snow to make dough using a technique called “Yuki Sarashi”, but I would like to introduce that as well if I have the next opportunity. Let’s return to the story of Japanese patterns. 1. Hakata-ori Kenjyogara(Tribute pattern) Among Hakata-ori, there is a pattern called a tribute pattern (to give to the lord = ”Kenjousuru” in Japanese). It was named as a gift because Nagamasa Kuroda delivered it to the Edo Shogunate as a gift in 1600 during the Edo period. Although it is not well known in Japan, this pattern has a meaning for each line, so I will introduce it in a little more detail. 1-1 Tokko Buddhist implements and legal instruments that are said to crush worldly desires. Originally a weapon possessed by […]

  • 2021.01.16

Japanese pattern

Happy new year. I’m Shinji aka Warashibe Choyja (Straw Millionaire). I would like to talk about patterns that are often used in kimono. Various patterns are used for kimono. Each of the patterns has a meaning, but the number of Japanese people who know the meaning of the pattern is decreasing. Some people involved in kimono and culture know about some patterns. Recently in Japan, an anime called “Kimetsu no Yaiba” has become popular, and there are various patterns in that anime, so this time I will talk about that. Kamon (family crest) Many family crests in modern Japan have become “Gosan no KIri”, “Agehacho(swallowtail butterfly)”, “Tsuta(ivy)”, etc., and are still written on prestigious kimonos. Its origin is said to be the latter half of the Heian period (794-1192), and it is said to be a pattern used by aristocrats, and the meaning gradually changed during the Kamakura period (1192-1333). In the second half, most samurai families began to carry the “Kamon” as a sign of their own home. During the Nanbokucho period (around 1336 to 1392), it was popular among samurai to put a Kamon on their clothes, and after that, clothes with a coat of arms came to […]

  • 2020.10.04

Warashibe-Chojya OPEN!!

Nice to meet you, I’m Shinji aka Warashibe Chojya (Straw Millionaire). I am passionate about Japanese culture and traditions. I find great value in them and would like to pass these traditions to the world. I have worked feverishly for the last 20 years here in Japan to teach these traditions and customs. Through kimono sales, manufacturing/wholesale business, tailoring, dressing class management, tea ceremony classes, flower arrangement classes, and Japanese food/table manners classes. I have met and helped many people. With the Corona Virus outbreak the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been cancelled. And with that, a lot of tourism has decreased for Japan. So I’m looking for new avenues to help spread Japanese culture, traditions, and past times. I’m looking to collaborate with skilled craftsman from Swordsmithing to Kimono crafters, and any Japanese cultural/traditional experts and spread that throughout the world! I believe the entire world could benefit with a little more culture, am I right? Warashibe-Chojya (Straw Millionaire) It is a fairy tale as a story of repeatedly bartering straw, which is famous overseas, and finally exchanging horses for mansions and becoming a millionaire. In Japan, the original story is set in “Konjaku Monogatari Shu” (around 1120-1149), but the […]