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Kohtoriya Buddhist Fashion

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For years, you were limited to scouring temple markets and used clothing shops for clothes with traditional Japanese design. Now, more and more companies offer an amazing array of items inspired by the past. Sometimes, the shop surprises!

One small barely known company creating traditional clothing is Osaka based Kohtoriya (こうたりや). Opened in 1985, Kohtoriya sells non-spiritual working clothes (作務衣) for buddhist monks.

In spite of the religious background of their customers, many of Kohtoriya’s items fit really well into the wardrobe of those who live in a more humble abode than a 300 year old Buddhist temple.

Their line of cellphone cases for example are pretty cool and make a good match with both casual jeans or a dressy outfit.

Japanese Keitai Cases
Cellphone cases for the samurai or geisha in you

Ready to hit the kitchen, or do some lifting, how about these aprons? They look good even when you’re not working.

Japanese Aprons
Aprons inspired by traditional Japanese designs

Have you ever seen a Buddhist monk in a Hawaiian shirt? Neither have I. But Kohtoriya has an extensive line of such shirts, many of them with cool or cute Japanese designs.

Hawaiian Shirts
Hawaiian style shirts with Japanese designs

Kohtoriya also produces some amazing coats, usually really thick and warm. The designs of some of these coats may stretch back over a hundred years, yet they look amazingly up-to-date.

Japanese Coats
Classic designs that look fresh again today

Although the store is quite small, Kohtoriya has an unbelievably large selection, catering to both women and men, and covering everything from footwear to yukata.

Go check them out!

Koutoriya

Shop Hours:
Mon through Fri: 10:00-19:00
Sat, Sun and public holidays: 10:00-17:00

This month they are closed between August 17 and 23 because of the o-bon holidays.

Address:
3-1-16 Kyutaro-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0056
〒541-0056 大阪市中央区久太郎町3-1-16

Phone: (81) 06-6251-1091
Fax: (81) 06-6251-1091
eMail: info@kohtariya.com

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

I love the prints on the cell phone cases!

freethelamps
Aug 13, 2009 (3045 days ago)

ooh yes, i love the prints on the cell phone cases as well!! the shirts too ^^

Jini
Aug 13, 2009 (3045 days ago)

Those designs go back hundreds of years, and they’re still really cool. I wonder how many of today’s big names in design and fashion still have their designs in use a few hundred years from now!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Aug 13, 2009 (3044 days ago)

Yeah, the cell phone cases are really nice, and a cute place to put your cell phone. Love the oriental design.

wowchicken
Aug 26, 2009 (3032 days ago)

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