Friday, 22 August 2014

Some Popular Kimono Motifs Part 1: Koi

In Japan, koi or carp are seen as powerful spirited fish with the energy and determination to swim upstream against strong currents and even small waterfalls.  According to Chinese legend, if a koi succeeded in climbing the waterfalls at a point on the Yellow River called Dragon Gate, it would be transformed into a powerful dragon. The koi, therefore, as well as being associated with strength and determination, has come to symbolise the will to improve.

Koi cotton kimono
Koi Cotton Kimono
carp streamersThe koi’s positive traits are recognised as important values for children to have and for this reason on Children’s Day (formerly known as Boys' Day) koinobori (carp streamers) are raised, a black koi for father, red koi for mother, blue and green (and sometimes orange and purple) for children.

Koi are very popular images in Oriental Art, clothing and tattoos. Our blue Koi Cotton Kimono is available in lengths to fit heights from approximately 5'6" up to 6'5".  If you need any information regarding sizing please do not hesitate to contact us ( Like many Japanese words koi is a homophone. The word for koi meaning carp is written with the kanji 鯉. Another Japanese word alsopronounced koi but written with a differnt kanji 恋,  can be translated as "love" or "affection".  So why not buy someone you love one of our koi yukata!

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