Dear Customers & Friends
Hello from Japan! This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.184.
Here in Japan, winter seems to have left, and spring has come. Usually, at first, ume blossom bloom to tell spring is almost here, and next cherry blossom bloom at the beginning of spring. However, in this year we can see ume blossoms are blooming now, and climate is almost equal to mid spring. From the air temperature we are feeling, we anticipate cherry blossoms but what we really see is ume blossom.
This kind of things must be happening all over the world.
Recently we often have a talk like this;
"Vintage and old kimono are becoming dramatically less at kimono dealers' auctions especially in this couple of months. Is this because of seasonal fluctuation, or because almost all old kimonos have come out to the market and there don't remain in the general houses?"
In January and February quantity of old kimonos were little at every kimono auctions. Usually kimono auctions end about 5p.m. - 7 p.m., but recently they ended around 3.p.m at almost every auctions. Usually, 'ubudashiya'( kimono dealer who buy kimonos from general houses) can not collect many kimonos because of 'Oshogatsu'( New Year's Holidays) and heavy snow in the northern district, and in the first two months quantity of kimono auction become less compared to other months.
However, we are feeling this year's decrease was way more prominent than usual year.
However, thinking about it calmly, it seems not to be true that old kimono has became dramatically less only in a year. Grounds are,
*Kimono had been made at large volume in every year during these 1500years! Because of the westernization, sum total is becoming less in these decades, but kimono market size is said to appox 60 hundred million a year even now.
*Some old textiles which were used as the material of cloths or something(cloth of dolls or chirimen-zaiku like 'oshie') will decrease continuously. For examples, chirimen silk, hand woven kasuri cotton, hand ply-joininged asa are cut smaller and remade as other items. However, kimonos for wearing or collections will not perish. When they are bought, they are worn and stocked carefully, and after a period, they will come out to the market again.
*Some very old silk kimono will ends their length of lives. However, kimonos are still made at large volume, and most of them circulate.
From the reason above, we imagine that in near future quantity of old kimono at auctions will increase as ever even if these two months situations were not good for us. However, we are not sure about this reasoning - some dealers and 'ubudashiya' say vintage kimono market had became larger too rapidly in these several months, so almost all good vintage kimonos had already transfered from general houses to kimono dealers and consumers. We feel we have to consider the risk that old kimono will be more difficult to buy in future.
By the way, the situations and discussion about "old kimonos' quantity" has similar point to the problem of "global heating".
Both has same conflict of views about 'Whether its variability is short wave or long-term and irreversible fluctuation?" and each view will concludes different appreciation of the situation - "Whether the situation is worry-free or seriously critical?"
Recently I read a book about global heating.
"An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore.
Before reading this book, I was optimistic, but now I became to know my realization was wrong.
About the quantity of old kimono, we don't have the scientific examination or figures, and we can only presume our situations. However, about "global heating", there is not any uncertainty about its reality. We sometimes read or hear skeptical comments about "global heating", and we felt their comments might be right - variability of the climate is the problem of the astronomically long term, quantity of elimination of carbonic anhydride might not have the causal connection. Before reading the book, I have tendency to think so. By reading that book, I came to know "There is not academic scientists, who think serious risks of global heating don't exist. Only some media, politician and capitalist are resisting to agree."
We are late to recognize our situation, but we can do something from now. We must change our lives by ourselves, reconsider our political view, think risks really for our daughters and so on. We are not sure about the decrease of old kimono, but agree 100% to Mr. Al Gore about "global heating".
Thank you for reading to the end. Today, we will list some men's kimono, uchikake, obijime obi age set for furisode, bolt and antique items. We hope you would find your favorite among them.
Happy new week from Osaka.
Ichiro & Yuka Wada
Kimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"
address: Asia-shoji Bldg.301
1841-1 Nishi 1 chome
Osaka 584-0025 JAPAN
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