Where to buy all-things Bon Odori


Kachi kachi at BCA Bookstore. photo by Lia Noguchi

Happi coat at Soko Hardware photo by Heather Horiuchi/Nichi Bei Weekly
Happi coat at Soko Hardware photo by
Heather Horiuchi/Nichi Bei Weekly

Soko Hardware
Happi coats (Short work coat): Children’s: $37.50; Adults: Mostly around $46
Hachimaki (Headband): $4.10
Zori (Sandals) (Tatami): $10.20
Zori (Rubber): $22.50; $36
Tabi (Traditional Japanese socks): white; black: Sizes 7-12, including half sizes; $15 and $10.65; $25.50
Kachi kachi (Wooden castanets): (Red) $4.25; (Clam shape) $15.30, $16.15
Uchiwa (Round fans): $2.55, $3, $3.85 and $7.25
Sensu (Folding fans): $80.75, $83.30 and $85.50
1698 Post St, San Francisco’s Japantown (415) 931-5510
Hours: Mondays through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Neat Asian Things
Kimono (Japanese robes) for men: $69 to $99 (long); women $29 (short) to $99 (long); full length casual kimono in cotton or cotton/polyester blends.” 56 to 58 inches
Girls’ Kimono: 25 to 50 inches (in increments of 5”); $52-$75;
Boys’ Happi Coats: Red, Blue and White: S, M, L and XL; $32-$50
Geta: (Wooden sandals): Adult Women Dark Brown and Light Brown M, L; $20, $21; Men Natural; Brown; $24
Tatami zori: Sizes 39, 41, 43 and 45, no half; $13
Tabi white/black: Sizes 9-12, including half sizes; $30
Hachimaki: $5
Kachi kachi: $5
Uchiwa: $3.50 and $4
1825 A Post St. (at Webster) in the Kinokuniya Building in San Francisco’s Japantown
(415) 563-1417
Hours: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kogura Company
Uchiwa: $1.95 to $2.95
Folding fans: $18.95
Tenugui: (towel) $4.95
Kachi kachi: (clamshell) $4.50 each; (red bamboo) $16.50 set
Kanzashi: (hair ornament): with clip or prong $12.95
231 E. Jackson St., San Jose’s Japantown
(408) 294-3184
Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., closed on Mondays

Kachi kachi at BCA Bookstore. photo by Lia Noguchi
Kachi kachi at BCA Bookstore. photo by Lia Noguchi

BCA Bookstore
Dancing fan (with black lacquer handle): $95
Folding fan (with bamboo handle): $18
Uchiwa: $3.50
Kachi Kachi: (Bamboo sticks): $18/pair; (clamshell): $9.95/pair
Kanzashi: $15
Located inside the Jodo Shinshu Center at 2140 Durant Ave. (between Shattuck and Fulton)
Berkeley, Calif.
(510) 809-1435; sales@bcabookstore.com; http://bcabookstore.mybigcommerce.com/index.php
Hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; closed Sundays through Tuesdays

Nichi Bei Bussan
Kimono: $69.95-$300
Yukata (Light Japanese cotton garment): Around $69 to $89.95
Happi coats: From $49.95 to around $80
Kachi kachi: $9.95-$17.95
Sensu: $2.95 to $98.95
Kanzashi: $13.95-$34.95
Uchiwa: $3.95; unique Nichi Bei Bussan designs $8.95

Uchiwa at Nichi Bei Bussan photo courtesy of Nichi Bei Bussan
Uchiwa at
Nichi Bei Bussan
photo courtesy of Nichi Bei Bussan

Tenugui (Towel): $11.95
Obi (Cloth sash) pre-tied: $69.95- $119.95
Traditional white cotton tabi: $29.95 a pair
Tabi: Toed-socks, various patterns and motifs $11.95
Geta and tatami zori: $26.95 to $31.95
140 East Jackson St., San Jose’s Japantown; nbstore@sbcglobal.net; http://www.nbstore.com; (408) 294-8048; (408) 294-2158 fax
Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nikkei Traditions
Children’s Hello Kitty Happi Coat: $32.95 (limited supply available)
Adult happi coats: Plain $54.95; printed turtle $80
Children’s happi coats: $29.95 (red and turquoise)
Uchiwa: $5.95; prices vary
Kachi kachi: Small, round $6.95; bamboo $19.95
219 Jackson St. (between North Fifth and Sixth St.) in San Jose’s Japantown
(408) 297-7554; http://shop.nikkeitraditions-sj.com/
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Happi coats: $36.95 to $49.95
Yukata: $69.95 to $99.95
Uchiwa: $2.95, $9.95
Kachi kachi: Smaller than traditional, red $17.95
Tabi: $30.95 plain white; rubber soles $53.95
Hachimaki: $4.95
Tenugui: $5.95 to $13.95
340 E. First St., L.A.’s Little Tokyo
(213) 625-1122; bunkado@att.net; bunkadoonline.com;
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Uchiwa: range from 8 per pack; $15.04 to 12 per pack; $22.56

Uwajimaya (Seattle location)
May have kimono and uchiwa; call in advance.
600 Fifth Ave. South, Seattle.
(206) 624-6248; http://www.uwajimaya.com
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

One response to “Where to buy all-things Bon Odori”

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    Concerned of Community

    I have noticed that many people of Japanese descent and non Japanese descent have been creating an cruel and attitude toward some people. This needs to stop. They have also decided it is very fun and with the enjoyment of oni (demons) they will continue to spread their malicious attitude. They have also decided to steal religious and non religious items. This is not good dana, on, giri. Namu Amida Butsu, or南無妙法蓮華経),

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