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Kheav Nary, who has been working for five months at a kimono tailoring factory operated by Tangeshin Co. in Cambodia, says, "I feel like I am doing incredible work when I think I am sewing a kimono that costs $10,000." (Emi Tadama)

SURVIVAL OF KIMONO: Kyoto manufacturer finds success with...

April 11, 2015

Editor's note: This is the first story of a four-part series from The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE on the present and future of kimono.

Thomas Lykke and Anne-Marie Buemann in front of some of the looms used at Hosoo Co. in Kyoto's Nishijin district (Emi Tadama)

SURVIVAL OF KIMONO: Companies go high-tech in design, pitch new...

April 13, 2015

Founded in 1688, venerable Kyoto fabric weaving firm Hosoo Co. cannot rely exclusively on the kimono market to stay in business today.

Visitors to the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden museum gaze at 19th century "katagami" stencils. (Masanori Sako)

SURVIVAL OF KIMONO: Japanese dyeing designs get kiss of life in...

April 15, 2015

When samurai traded in their kimono for Western business attire after the Meiji Restoration they were inadvertently dealing a severe blow to a rich sartorial heritage in Japan.

Diet members wear kimono at the opening of the current session in January. (Kazuyoshi Sako)

SURVIVAL OF KIMONO: Saving the disappearing fashion goes political

April 17, 2015

Politicians are not renowned for their sartorial tastes so when 80 of them stood outside the Diet building clad in kimono, they must have caused more than a few eyes to blink...

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HARUTOMO HAGI: Fukushima chef boosts local farmers with unique...

April 08, 2015

IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Three months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfurled in March 2011, business came to a standstill at chef Harutomo Hagi’s French restaurant here.


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Eurasia: As China’s rise reshapes continent, Japan has a...

January 10, 2014

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GAMARJOBAT: Japanese pantomime duo spreads laughter around the...

December 06, 2013

Editor’s Note: Gamarjobat, a wordless comedy double-act who perform around the world, will now appear in The Asahi Shimbun as our “silent supporters.” Their comedy videos, inspired by GLOBE feature stories, will be...