Kimonoboy is our company name. We are an online dealer of antique and vintage Japanese folk textiles with a specialty in mid 1800s to early 1900s cotton boro futon covers, peasant & farmer clothing and other early textiles.
My name is Jim Austin. I own the company. I came to Japan 20 years ago to study Japanese for personal interest. Shortly after arriving, I was fortunate to meet a wonderful woman, Akiko, with whom I fell in love with and married. Akiko and I decided to reside in Japan rather than the USA where I am from. My marriage to Akiko and our decision to live in Japan were two of the wisest commitments I have ever made. I'm a very lucky guy.
We wish to provide a web presence where people from anywhere in the world can acquire exceptional Japanese early textiles and Old Cotton Indigo Farmer's clothing.
Life in Japan
We live in Fukuoka, Japan. (Wikipedia, Fukuoka, Japan)
Monocle Magazine rates Fukuoka as 10th in their 2014 annual index of most livable world cities.
Spring flowers, sakura and tulips
How We Find Our Textiles
We acquire our textiles at auctions, estate sales, antique shows and Buddhist temple flea markets.
Hanako, Our Wire Fox Terrier
Edo Period Samurai Summer House Near Where We Live
Monday, March 22, 2010
Viewing Cherry Blossoms (hanami)