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These Kimono Sashes Are Out of This World!

Technology Science Shopping Kimono Design Souvenirs Summer Festivals

When it comes to combining contemporary trends and technology with traditional culture, the people at Gofukuyasan Dot Com know what they’re doing. The company opened its online retail store in 2000 and have since offered a wide variety of traditional clothing items, such as kimono and jackets.

But the items that have captured the Internet’s attention recently are their obi, the wide sashes worn with kimono and yukata (lightweight kimono), thanks to their fun and unique prints.

As you might expect, the one getting the most attention right now is the one featuring these cute cats. We’re not sure when you’d wear this amazing obi, but we have a feeling that if you had one, you’d go out of your way to find a reason!

The obi is available for order now, but the company says it'll take about a month to complete delivery. And it'll set you back ¥12,960 (US$116), including tax, which is enough to make you think twice before ordering. But when you're ready to order, you can head over to Saku Laboratory, the site for Gofukuyasan Dot Com’s original brand.

If you’re looking for overseas shipping, you’ll need to contact them in advance to set it up.

And if you’re buying an obi, you might as well get a yukata to pair it with!

The yukata pictured above isn’t actually available yet, but according to their twitter page, you’ll be able to order it soon.

While you’re waiting, though, you might want to pick out another obi, like this one featuring a print of Utagawa Yoshibuji’s artwork.

Maybe you’re looking for something a bit more modern. If you’re a fan of Minecraft or 8-bit graphics, this obi might be the perfect way to show off your love for gaming. It’s also a bit less expensive at ¥6,480 (about US$60), but they do mention that it could take up about 2 months to complete shipping.

And if you’re addicted to the internet like we are, this kimono/obi pair featuring prints of circuit boards and LAN cables might be just what you need!

Should you be more of a space nerd, Gofukuyasan can help you too! This obi features gorgeous prints of a now-retired space shuttle.

And finally, if you spend most of your time daydreaming about aliens and interstellar space, this clearly is the obi you need.

You can also get a Milky Way version for those into interstellar space! And there’s still plenty of time to order and get it before the summer festivals begin!

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