Keiko Tagai designs and manufactures ladies wear exclusively in kanji. All of our garments and accessories are created in a wide variety of kanji text or uniquely patterned kanji or original kanji. Our clothing is designed for women who wish to look and feel beautiful, feminine and strong. Our greatest thrill is to see you wearing our clothing. Please enjoy the beautiful kanji in our items.
What are kanji?
In many ways kanji stand apart from other written languages in both size and depth. With over 10 million characters, the difference between kanji and the Western alphabet is that each kanji has its own meaning, yet when combined with other kanji, a different, more complex meaning is created. Even for kanji that hold the same meaning, there are still subtle differences in their meanings, so you can express a variety of feelings and states with just one kanji character.
Furthermore, the Japanese language has three different types of characters: kanji, hiragana, and katakana. Just like how English speakers use words and gestures to express themselves, Japanese people skillfully use a wide variety of characters to express themselves in their writing. In fact, the ability to use such a diverse set of characters is so unique that it has even brought about international attention.
Popularity of Kanji Overseas
Nowadays, the use of kanji has become very popular all over the world. "Shodo" is especially popular, as seen in tattoos by Hollywood celebrities and top athletes, allowing kanji characters to expand beyond Japan. Hiragana and katakana seem to be loved by many women for being "kawaii."
Fashion items that can feel kimono anytime anywhere. All of our garments and accessories are handmade one by one by our craftsmen. Please enjoy the Japanese traditional kimono in every location.
What is a real kimono?
Over 1,200 years ago, the kimono became wholly Japanese from earlier Chinese influences. Before long, the traditional clothing was adopted by the samurai when going into battle. Each shogun leader would display his unique style in what he wore, resulting in a spectacle rumored to be as captivating as a fashion show today. The adoption of the kimono as a uniform entually led to it spreading accross Japan, increasing in value both as a fine art and craft.
Today, kimonos are created through the combined efforts of many Japanese artisans. From creating the pattern, to basting, rough sketching, gluing the pattern and fabric, dying, steaming, washing, applying golld leaf, embroidering, tailoring, and more, there are approximately 10–20 processes — requiring arisans to combined their strengths to create a single kimono.