Nishijin Textile Center Kyoto

A Story of Survival and Renewal

By Bonson Lam    - 1 min read

A few years ago I bought an antique kimono chest, or tansu from Kyoto. It was over a hundred years old, worn with age, but an heirloom of exquisite beauty. It made me wonder about the kimonos that the original owner had stored in the tansu. At the Nishijin Textile Center, there are kimono pattern books from the Meiji period in the late 19th century, showing the symbols of the four seasons, with cherry blossoms and maple leaves in autumn set inside a classical snowflake frame, and a background of summer waves. I didn’t know that Nishijin, together with Milan and Lyon, are the top three centers in the world for silk fabrics.

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Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric lane ways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met many distinguished people in my role as Regional Partner, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperial Family. From sushi cooking classes to Ninja training grounds I welcome your ideas on what you like from Please visit us in Kyoto or Osaka and have some green tea or sake with us.