Information on Kiryu -do store
Our main store is located in the middle of the Kannon-Dori (Kannon Street) Metro shopping area near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.
At the store, we sell cut Kumihimo (traditional Japanese braided cords) for various uses including for kimono. We also have a lineup of handmade Japanese accessories and ornaments incorporating kumihimo, dolls made of old silk cloth, crepe decorations, and more.
Our most popular Kumihimo product is the netsuke cord. We are proud of our pure silk netsuke strings, which are available in various colors and patterns, including long and large ones, for replacing netsuke strings when they break.
Netsuke cords wear out with use. We recommend periodic replacement before they break. Feel free to bring yours to the store. We are happy to consult with you about repairing or processing them.
We also have a collection of antique, ebony, and boxwood netsuke that go well with kumihimo and accessories that add a touch of sophistication.
We offer a variety of original Kumihimo accessories, including hair ornaments, watch straps, eyeglass straps, cell phone straps, and various kumihimo that can be easily incorporated into Western-style clothing.
Obijime are decorative Kumihimo tied around the obi (sash) of a kimono. We have various styles available, ranging from formal to casual. We always have standard and extended length obijime on hand.
At our store, you can take your time browsing to find the best one for your needs. Our staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Yurugi obi cords, which are easy to fasten and do not loosen easily, are always available in more than 50 colors. They are popular products that can be used all year round.
An Obidome is an accessory passed through Obijime. Many antique Obidome have narrow string-through holes. In our store, you can find the right cord for your Obidome. We offer a variety of cord lengths, such as 2'', 3'', and 4''.
Haori are traditional Japanese hip- or thigh-length jackets worn over kimono.
Men's haori cords come in various styles, such as round, plain, and Shakukei. For customers who prefer stylishness, direct attachment without tassels is popular. The reversible type can be used in different ways depending on how it is tied.
Asakusa, where our stores are located, is home to Yose (traditional verbal entertainment) theaters, this type of tassel is also used by Rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) performers. They use bold and stylish color matching to stand out on stage. These performers are renowned for the stylish way they tie and untie the knots of their Haori cords.
Feel free to drop by and browse our Haori cords. You're welcome to handle them. We have a wide range of colors to meet your expectations.
The Haori cord of the Kongo-gumi has an attractive single-color braid. It can be tied in a little hanging knot.
The lower cord of a sword is exceptionally particular about its color. The 9-Tama Jyuuchigumi is a simple braid, but the braid will instantly show roughness if the concentration is broken. The simpler the structure of Kumihimo, the more care is taken. We prefer to use indigo colors.
Kumihimo for Sale by Weight
We have Kumihimo cords that can be sold by weight. Six different thicknesses, including Yorigumi, Yotsugumi, and Yatsugumi, are available for sale in cut lengths. They are ideal for making bags, handicrafts, and artwork.
The optional strings are available in two sizes, 150 cm, and 180 cm. Choose your favorite combination. These Kumihimo have a taut and firm texture, making them easy to use as a decorative knot.
Second Floor Workshop
The workshop on the second floor of our store is where we make special orders. Due to the small size of the workshop, it is not open to the general public for hands-on experience, but we offer assistance to junior high school students in traditional craft classes.