New Events Information

★The video for introduction of our company
This is about two minutes video in which we show our working scene and working process in the studio. We created this video because we would like to show our products to many people when we exhibited them in Tokyo Gift Show.
★Logo mark
The circle of outside in the logo mark is imaged from a core wood of a bolt of cloth or from Taiko or rollers used in wakuba, which is a machine used during coloring the cloth for kimonos. Four small rounds in the circle are images when a bolt of cloth opens a little, and they stand for the cooperation by craftsmen. One craftsman performs his own task and deliver it to next craftsman, then after he finishes his task, he gives it to another craftsman. Many craftsmen work together to create a hand-painting Kyo-yuzen Kimono. The four lines of the center are an image of tools which are used during work. For example, a painting brush, a temple, a tool which is used when drawing lines or coloring with gold.
This logo represents many workers involved in Kyo-yuzen and their cooperation. This cooperation makes an elaborate Kyo-yuzen kimonos. Okayama Kogei is the company just like this logo mark.
2018.5.17
★Observation Study Tour: the students came from Hatta Junior High School, Ayabe City
Observation Study Tour: the students came from Hatta Junior High School, Ayabe City01
2018.5.12
★The Asahi Newspaper’s Opinion & Forum Colum: “Japan’s Homework”
This is an interview article with Mr. Takatoshi Yajima, chairman of Yamato, regarding
challenges the Kimono industry faces. We recognized the significance of tackling
those challenges in an attempt to keep producing good things.
The Asahi Newspaper’s Opinion & Forum Colum: “Japan’s Homework”01
2018.5.9
★Observation Study Tour: the students came from Yoshinari Junior High School, Sendai Prefecture
The students joined a handkerchief-dyeing workshop. More students are coming to
our workshops these days.
Observation Study Tour: the students came from Yoshinari Junior High School, Sendai Prefecture03
2018.4.29
★The 100 Countries Rollout Ceremony: Imagine World
It was held In Kurume city, Fukuoka Prefecture.
We worked on Nauru as we did Ireland.
Some cute high school students modeled for the day.
The 100 Countries Rollout Ceremony: Imagine World01
2018.3.26
★Future Power Conference of Kyoto Small & Mid-Sized Companies
This is the final meeting starting last summer. Practical suggestions and eight ideas
were put forward to promote local business and they will be materialized as business
enterprises.
The 100 Countries Rollout Ceremony: Imagine World01
2018.3.14
★The 69th Kyo-Yuzen Competition
The completion was held at Miyako Messe Hall.
The Grand Prize for Planning was awarded to Okayama Kougei on the occasion of
Meeting Kimono Couture, 2020.”
The 69th Kyo-Yuzen Competition01
2018.3.9
★Kyoto New Art Creation: Kyoto Ovation Exhibit
The Exhibit was held at Hotel Okura Kyoto.
Pieces of art work from “ONE TONE” were displayed; the collection was presented at
Tokyo Gift Show.
The 69th Kyo-Yuzen Competition01
2018.3.20〜3.30
★Traditional Crafts Day
An exhibition of some works of Kozo Okayama, a Kyoto master craftsman, was held at Kyoto Station Building and at Miyako Messe Hall. The exhibition was titled “A Kyoto Master. Spring & Autumn.” Concurrently, an exhibition sale for silk fukusa crape wrappers and Buddhist rosary bags took place at the same venues.
Traditional Crafts Day01
2018.1.13~2.3
★“The 84th TOKYO INTERNATIONAL Gift Show”
In Tokyo Big Sight
We released our new brand “ONE TONE” in the booth “Atarashikimono Kyoto” of Kyoto Chamber of Commerce.
Nine designs of formal and modern Fukusa (a crape wrapper) and Nenjyu-ire (a small bag for rosaries for Buddhists) were displayed.
The combination with braided cords of your tastes will make wide variations to them.
“The 84th TOKYO INTERNATIONAL Gift Show”02
2017.11.16
★The lecture Kimono at Waseda University
We had a lecture at Waseda University about the past and future of hand-painted yuzen. It is our hearty wish that young people become more familiar with and feel closer to kimonos.
The lecture Kimono at Waseda University01
2017.11.1
★Visitors from Momoyama Junior High School Affiliated with Kyoto University of Education
The first-year students from Momoyama Junior High School visited us as part of their studying tour. We held a question and answer session, and we actively interacted with the students.
The lecture Kimono at Waseda University01
2017.10.24
★Producing of Our Original Shawl
We produced a hand-painted yuzen shawl at the request of Ms. Priscila Satake, who came to Japan from Brazil on a training course of JICA. The muted-colored shawl was very well received.
The lecture Kimono at Waseda University01
017.10.18,19
★The Recipient of the Award of Kyoto Prefectural Governor
The 34th Exhibition of Craftworks was held at Kyoto Miyakomesse. Our homongi or semi-formal kimono was given the Award of Kyoto Prefectural Governor. New works from the participating companies were also displayed. Many people visited the exhibition.
The Recipient of the Award of Kyoto Prefectural Governor02
“Koto kyari 2019・Company tour in Kyoto City”
★2017.8.24
The event hosted by Kyoto Job Hunting Support Center for youth was held for the exchange between students and companies. The detail of the event is also posted on the website of Kyoto Job Hunting Support Center for youth.
2017.8.2402
2017.7.24
★“Internship from the Netherland”
The acceptance of internship started. It was scheduled to continue for a half year starting with August. The internship student and their family member came to Japan and had a hands-on experience of yuzen artcraft.
“Internship from the Netherland”01
2017.7.5
★“The seminar of Kyoto Institute of Industrial Science and Technology”
The studio tour and the company-information session took place for new comers in the kimono industry.
“The seminar of Kyoto Institute of Industrial Science and Technology”02
2017.6.15
★“The seminar of the graduate school of Kyoto Institute of Technology”
The students who majored in Design Science visited our studio again this year.
“The seminar of the graduate school of Kyoto Institute of Technology”01
2017.5.17
★”New employees training”
We visited factories for steaming cloth, painting cloth, gilding cloth and refinishing cloth respectively.
”New employees training”05
2017.5.15
★“Yugata Satellite” (Evening Satellite) by TV Tokyo
Our new effort to protect kimono culture was reported on the new.
”New employees training”05
2017.4.15-5.14
★“KYOTO ATELIER”
We exhibited small goods and accessories for kimono in Kyoto BAL.
The artisans in Kyoto gathered to suggest that we should use more traditional crafts in our daily life.
“KYOTO ATELIER”03
2017.3.26 13:00-13:30
★“Jikanyo tomare! Zutto Kyoto ni itaideojyaru” (Stop the time! We want to stay in Kyoto forever.)
In KBS Kyoto
The promotion program of Kyoto. Heisei KIZOK, who is a group for promotion of Kyoto, experienced wearing Kyo-yuzen kimono and walked around Kyoto city.
“Jikanyo tomare! Zutto Kyoto ni itaideojyaru” (Stop the time! We want to stay in Kyoto forever.)01
2017.3.18-3.20
★“Master craftsmen in Kyoto Spring and Autumn Exhibition”
In Miyakomesse
The works of Kozo Okayama were displayed and the original goods and accessories of Okayama Kogei were exhibited.
“Master craftsmen in Kyoto Spring and Autumn Exhibition”04
2017.3.2-3.20
★“Kyo mono machinaka gallery”
(galleries for Kyoto items in Kyoto city) (the project displaying Kyoto traditional items in banks to introduce them)

In gallery café Kyoto Saryo
We joined the event “The day of traditional industry 2017 in Kyoto station.” Our original goods and accessories were displayed and sold.
“Kyo mono machinaka gallery”01
2017.2.23-2.24
★“The Fair of traditional and intellectual industry 2017”
In Shibuya Hikarie
We exhibited our original goods and accessories and launched new pencil case.
“The Fair of traditional and intellectual industry 2017”05
2017.2.1-2.3
★“The 83rd TOKYO INTERNATIONAL Gift Show”
In Tokyo big sight
We exhibited our original goods and accessories such as Kinpu fukusa (a silk wrapping cloth for an envelope with money), business card cases and pouches.
“The 83rd TOKYO INTERNATIONAL Gift Show”04
2016.12.17
★“Sekaiga odoroita Nippon! Sugoidesune!! Shisatsudan”
(Research Japan which people in the world are interested in! How wonderful Japan is!)

by the nationwide network of TV Ashahi
We were introduced as one of the best 10 in the ranking, which many foreign journalists recommend in Japan.
“The 83rd TOKYO INTERNATIONAL Gift Show”04
2016.11.13-11.15
★“The 20th National Kimono design contest”
In Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
We made Homongi (a semi-formal kimono for women) which won the award of Ministry of Economy, trade and Industry.
The exhibition was also held in Ojiya city, Paris, Okazaki city and Tokyo.
“The 20th National Kimono design contest”04
2016.10.30
★“IMAGINE ONE WORLD in Kimono Salone”
In COREDO Muromachi, Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, Tokyo
The project for making kimonos for 196 countries aiming at 2020
We took in charge of making a kimono for Ireland.
“IMAGINE ONE WORLD in Kimono Salone”05
2015.7
★We appeared on “Hiroshi Takebe’s Sunday Talk” in KBS Kyoto.


We talked with TV host, Hiroshi Takebe about kimonos which stand for culture of Kyoto.
★March 2014: Brand “haha” debut in the autumn and winter of 2014~15 “Tokyo Collection”.
First time participation in “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO

As a part of coordinating between industry and education, Yamaoka-Kougei and Brand “haha” are supplying co-developed materials for the collection.

Ore stance is to always challenge the forefront of fashion, in order to spread the wonder of Kyoto’s traditional crafts.

Tokyo Collection official homepage
http://tokyo-mbfashionweek.com/jp/brands/detail/ha-ha/
“haha” official homepage
http://ha-ha4.wix.com/ha-ha#

Designer Takafumi Tsuruta

He was born in Chiba prefecture, year 1981. In 2003 he joins Ltd. HIROKO KOSHINO. Wiles studying under designer Hiroko Koshino, he took part in fashion shows and licensing business. Later he was in charge of design in a children’s close company. In 2011, he became a lecturer at Futaba Fashion Academy. Alongside his job as a lecturer, he took part in a wide range of activities, such as designing stage costumes and costumes for musicians. In 2012 he managed the design of Ltd. JVC KENWOOD’s showroom. In 2013, establishes his own brand “haha”, at Futaba Fashion Academy.

The theme is universal mode, clothes for men and women of all ages that can be worn on any occasion. I think universal design should not be close for the disabled, but close that everyone can feel comfortable. This time we used magnets instead of buttons. Other features are: accessories that are detachable using magnets: clothes with zips making it easy to open and close: avoiding use of metal parts that might cause allergy: functional structure making it easy for your arms to move: designs without stitches to avoid bedsores.
In this collection there is a lot of Braille print. I hope you will pay attention, for each one has its meaning. As collaboration with Okayama-Kougei, the Braille print is all hand drawn on to silk. (Extracted form haha collection leaflet.)

★February 2014: Chosen by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as “Certified IT Management Company”.

A Certified IT Management Company is…
A company that fits the following: Acknowledged to be using IT through-out the business: Acknowledged to have used the data acquired from IT for management decisions: Acknowledged to have attempted to optimise the company or attempted to optimise transaction between companies.

Certified IT Management Companies: http://www.it-keiei.go.jp/award/2014/announcement.html#title07
IT management portal: http://www.it-keiei.go.jp/index.html
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: http://www.meti.go.jp/press/2013/02/20140206002/20140206002.htmlhttp://www.meti.go.jp/press/2013/02/20140206002/20140206002.html
Logo for “2014 IT Management Awards for Small and Medium Enterprises”


★June 2013: At the request of the Japan International Cooperation Center(JICE), we held a Yuzen class for university students who had come to Japan from 10 different countries via The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
★February 2013: Young officials from Myanmar visited us when the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a Myanmar economic reform support program.
2012:
★Mario Andrea Vattani, Consul General of Italy in Osaka visited us with his wife to tour our studio.
★Philippe Janvier-Kamiyama, Consul General of France in Kyoto, visited us with his wife to tour our studio.
★Kyoto Yuzen was selected to provide commemorative items for display at the London Olympics opening exhibition entitled the “Japan Experience” by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC).

★As part of a Vietnam SME support enhancement project by JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), trainee employees of the Vietnam government visited our company for training.
In addition, our company was featured in the January 2013 issue of the Foundation newsletter and on the website of the Foundation for Pacific Resource Exchange Center (PREX).

★Members of the kimono enthusiasts group “Kyoto Kimono” based in America visited our studio.

February 2011:
★The Cultural Foundation For Promoting the National Costume of Japan started a new shopping website on which our Yuzen dyed kimonos are available.

★Under the leadership of the Incorporated Administrative Agency and National Institute of Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation a study was held in the United Arab Emirates to investigate the support of that organization

November 11-12 2010
Hours of Operation:
1:00P.M. – 5:00P.M.the 11th, 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M. the 12th

★We were allowed to open an Okayama Kougei exhibit booth during the Japan Textile of Handcraft Exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center.
We featured a variety of items, such as long-sleeved kimonos, obi belts, coats, shawls, undershirt, accessories, and products using the newly developed “kibiso silk.”

September 28, 2010
★After receiving a consignment from The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Pacific Resource Exchange Center (PREX) commissioned the “2010 Promotion Policy A Training,” to which staff from ministrative organizations from eight foreign countries came for training.
We held a question and answer session focusing on views from the perspective of the administrative side of foreign exchange.

Older Information

Kobe Designing University: Field Trip
Kyoto University of Traditional Arts: Internship
Intex Osaka booth for Small & Medium Enterprise Fair
Kyoto Fukakusa Elementary School : Field Trip
Chuo University Education Faculty: Field Trip
Kimono provided to the Miss International Japan representative
Kyoto Institute of Technology: Class
Ryukoku University Economic Faculty: Research
Kyoto Art Center: Lecture for Program on experiencing the Traditional Arts
Fushimi Technical High School: Internship
Collecting data at the 2007 Asia International Forum
Exhibit at the 2007 EU-Japan Year of
People-to-People Exchanges “Japan Art Festival Poland Exhibition
Production of a kimono for an actress, Yoshiko Mita
Bunka Gakuen University: Field Trip
Collaboration with Yoshitaka Amano’s one-man exhibit, “New York”
Production of a Kimono for a singer,Toshimi Tagawa (10th year anniversary concert tour)
Kyoto collection held 1st in 2004 ,2nd in 2005,3rd in 2006
Produced a kimono for the Kyoto Water Forum for Kyoto (2002)
400 Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Netherlands (2000)
Fashion Cantata exhibitors 1st 1998,2nd 1999
Participation in the Paris Collection exhibition (1997)
Europe Tour

Collaboration with Yoshitaka Amano’s one-man exhibit, “New York”

Yoshitaka Amano does not limit himself to just Japan when creating his fantastic paintings, and this time he is going to challenge himself with Kyoto Yuzen style coloring technique. His efforts were backed up by Takeko Okayama and her staff at Okayama Kougei.
Once finished with this endeavor Amano conducted his own one-man exhibit at an old church in SoHo, New York, which was a huge success.
Today Amano still maintains friendly relations with us at Okayama Kougei
Click here for Amano’s official website http://ameblo.jp/amanoyoshitaka/

400th Anniversary of Japan-Netherlands Reltations

Miss International 2007

Japan Art Festival Poland Exhibition 2007