I am the successor to my family’s kimono shop, which has been in business for over 111 years. In my capacity as owner, I have come to know the charms of kimono and the appeal of Japanese culture, and have lamented its decline. This has also fostered within me a strong desire to help preserve authentic Japanese culture for future generations. As a means to realize this long-cherished dream, Amanean opened its doors in Kyoto and Tokyo as a place that offers the chance to experience the authentic beauty of the world of kimono. We’re looking forward to seeing you.
Norihiko Kitayama Director
The kimono has been a central part of Japanese culture for over 1,000 years. I commit myself to sharing the history and technique surrounding kimono, the makers’ genuine wishes, as well as the way to care for kimono, all as part of my desire to spread the charms of the kimono. I can’t wait to see you in our shops in Kyoto and Tokyo.
Misaki Tanaka Manager
From silk worms to sewing
Our kimono brand, ‘Amane’, was created as a coming together of long-established kimono shops. We dye and sew the silk threads used in our products, with silk from silkworms in Ueda, Nagano prefecture, and using mulberry leaves from Maehashi, Gunma prefecture. We are committed to using fine, carefully selected materials to maintain the unique style of our brand.
Cross paths with kimono designers
Amane often invites our kimono designers to present their carefully crafted work before customers so that the customer might gain insight in to the kimono’s concept and understand the creator’s feelings in relation to the piece. We believe the best person to respond to your questions or to show you the allure of a piece is that piece’s creator. Wearing kimono is not simply about how it looks on you—it is about enjoying a connection with the creator, appreciating his/her heartfelt craftsmanship.
Amane Kimono School
Amane Kimono School offers a variety of opportunities that foster a better understanding of kimono, including lessons on how to wear a kimono, lectures on kimono culture, and tours of the dyeing and weaving workshops to see the production process.
About the Nishijin Area
Amanean is located in the Nishijin area of Kyoto, an area that has long been the center of Nishijin-brocade manufacturing. In the Heian Period, rare woven goods known as ‘Ootoneri-no-Aya’ or ‘Omiya-no-kinu’, were produced in this area. During the Onin War period (1467-1477), the ‘nishijin’ (literally meaning ‘the western army’) commanded by Sozen YAMANA was stationed around this area. His former residence is in the vicinity of Amanean.
Kyoto Amanean is in an area where textile production flourished even before the Heiankyo period. We at Kyoto Amanean hope to serve as a place where you can immerse yourself in the authentic world of Japanese culture and fall in love with kimono.
Address: 479, Shinano-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Tokyo Cosmos Amanean
Tokyo Cosmos Amanean is in the bustling center of Tokyo, and boasts a lovely view of Shinjuku Central Park. We at Tokyo Cosmos Amanean hope to serve as a place where you can deepen your understanding of kimono culture. We welcome kimono journalist Hisako Nakaya as an advisor. Please come visit us and experience the diversity of kimono culture between the Kanto and Kansai regions.
Address: 4-32-6 Park Grace Shinjuku, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo