Indulge in Luxury: 5 Must-Visit Souvenir Shops in Ginza for Exquisite Japanese Confectionery

Welcome to Ginza, Tokyo’s prestigious shopping district that beckons luxury enthusiasts and discerning travelers from around the world. With its immaculate streets and glamorous storefronts, Ginza stands as a captivating paradise where traditional Japanese craftsmanship seamlessly intertwines with contemporary elegance.

In Ginza, luxury tourists are spoiled for choice with a diverse array of high-end fashion boutiques, exquisite jewelry emporiums, captivating art galleries, and opulent department stores. But what truly sets Ginza apart is its dedication to providing a wide range of luxurious souvenirs. Indulge in the delicate flavors of meticulously crafted wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets, or savor the indulgent pleasures of European pastries prepared by renowned patisseries. Join us as we unveil the top 5 luxurious souvenirs and souvenir shops in Ginza, where East meets West, tradition meets innovation, and exclusivity meets charm. Discover extraordinary treasures that reflect the essence of Japanese culture and bring home a piece of Ginza’s timeless allure.

Seigetsudo Honten

Source: Seigetsudo Honten

Founded in 1907 where its main store still stands today, Seigetsudo Honten is a revered Japanese confectionery with a rich history spanning over a century in the heart of Ginza. Steeped in tradition, this long-established establishment has captivated locals and tourists alike with its exquisite creations.

Source: Seigetsudo Honten

Seigetsudo Honten takes immense pride in their prized delicacy, the revered “Otoshibumi,” which beautifully captures the essence of unspoken love; a heartfelt love letter crumpled into a small ball. This exquisite Japanese confectionery unfolds with a delicate shell of red bean paste embracing a luscious core of yolk bean paste, harmoniously steamed to perfection. The result is a sublime fusion of soft bun-like texture and crumbly cookie-like consistency that effortlessly melts in your mouth, while the addition of wasanbon sugar elevates its refined sweetness and imparts a unique aroma.

Indulge in the captivating balance of flavors found in this remarkable treat, either as a personal indulgence or a thoughtful gift, available in sets ranging from 4 for 821 yen, 8 for 1664 yen, up to 20 for 4320 yen, all inclusive of tax.

Seigetsudo Main Store

Location:7 Chome-16-15 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-7pm Closed Sun & Public Holidays
Website: Seigetsudo Honten

Soke Minamoto Kitchoan

Source; Minamoto Kitchoan

Nestled along the bustling main street of Ginza, Minamoto Kitchoan stands as a haven for confectionery enthusiasts, dedicated to the art of creating exquisite Japanese sweets using the finest seasonal fruits. Each delicacy is thoughtfully crafted, paying meticulous attention to shape, contours, and the alluring aroma that captivates the senses. Their diverse range of delightful Japanese confectionery are perfect for both indulging your eyes and tastebuds in or presenting as a cherished gift to friends overseas. As you step inside, the inviting displays adorned with traditional décor create an immersive experience, allowing you to bask in the elegance of these high-end treats. Guests may also venture upstairs to the salon café, where you can indulge in a delightful array of desserts made with seasonal fruit, adding another layer of culinary delight to your journey.

Source; Minamoto Kitchoan

Among their esteemed collection of wagashi, Minamoto Kitchoan presents a standout creation known as ‘Riku no Hoju’ or the “Jewel of the Land.” Crafted using muscat of Alexandria grapes exclusively cultivated from their own farm in Okayama, this wagashi showcases the essence of this unique fruit. Wrapped within a delicate layer of soft mochi and lightly dusted with sugar, each bite offers a delightful combination of sweetness and a gentle tartness. Prepare for a burst of refreshing flavors as you savor this exquisite treat, available from early May to mid-September. Even if you miss the opportunity to indulge in this particular delight, fear not, for Minamoto Kitchoan’s ever-changing seasonal lineup guarantees a continuous array of delightful and tantalizing options to satisfy your cravings.

Minamoto Kitchoan

Location:Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 6 Chome−9−8 THE HOUSE 1F
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-8:00pm Sat-Sun 10:00am-7:00pm

Tachibana Karinto

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Nestled within Ginza’s 8-chome district lies a venerable establishment that has been delighting locals and visitors alike since 1909 with their specialty, karinto—a sweet deep-fried snack. Tachibana Karinto proudly stands as one of the three most renowned karinto shops in Tokyo. Its allure lies not only in the expert craftsmanship that goes into its creation but also in the distinct visual appeal of the delicacy. Each piece of karinto is meticulously coated with multiple layers of white sugar, imparting a lustrous and glossy finish that transforms it into a true work of art.

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However, Tachibana’s karinto is not solely about aesthetics; its taste matches the elegance of its appearance. When you take a bite, you’ll be greeted with a delightful crispness and lightness, creating a textural experience that perfectly complements the flavors. What makes Tachibana’s karinto even more exceptional is its longevity. The flavors remain intact over time, thanks to the absence of additives, ensuring that you can savor every piece with peace of mind. With two enticing options to choose from, the ‘Koro’ offers a thicker and chewier texture that brings forth the original flavor of the dough, while the ‘Saeda’ boasts a thinner profile soaked with sugar, delivering a delightful combination of lightness and crispiness. To complete the experience, Tachibana Karinto are presented in simple packaging with their traditional touches, making it an ideal choice for those in search of formal and traditional Japanese sweets to give to friends, family or business partners.


Location: 8 Chome-7-19 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00am-7:00pm Sat 11:00am-5:00pm
Sun Closed


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Amidst the bustling streets of central Ginza, a hidden gem awaits those seeking a unique and luxurious dessert experience. Enter GENDY, a destination that has remained relatively unknown to many. Since its establishment in 2019, this premium caramel boutique has been dedicated to crafting exceptional caramel treats with a touch of sophistication, specifically tailored for gentlemen with discerning palates. While their original Aoyama store entices patrons with their delectable caramel bars, it is their Ginza location that unveils an indulgent masterpiece: the rich and luxurious Brandy Cake, a confectionery that exudes class, finesse, and above all, exceptional taste.

Source: GENDY

GENDY’s “Premium Caramel Brandy Cake” is meticulously handcrafted using carefully selected ingredients and production methods, adhering to the concept of creating a first-class product befitting a gentleman’s refined sensibilities. The dough is baked at a low temperature, resulting in a fine texture that serves as the perfect vessel for the infusion of brandy. With each bite, the harmonious union of caramel and brandy presents a delightful combination of sweetness with a lingering hint of bitterness. The brandy itself is a unique blend, carefully crafted by combining Remy Martin’s cognac and Ducastan’s Armagnac, lending the cake a depth of flavor and an aromatic allure. Priced at 8,800 yen, inclusive of tax, this is unquestionably a first-class indulgence that is sure to captivate the taste buds of both men and women alike, creating a delightful symphony of pleasure when savored alongside a cup of coffee.

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To secure a slice of the extraordinary Brandy Cake, it is recommended to make a reservation in advance over the phone or visit the store to sample this remarkable creation firsthand. The attentive staff at GENDY will ensure a memorable experience as they guide you through the flavors and assist in selecting the perfect treat to suit your preferences.


Location: 1 Chome-4-4 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 1:00pm-7:00pm
Website: GENDY

Shiseido Parlour

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Since its establishment in Ginza, Tokyo in 1902, Shiseido Parlour has been dedicated to delivering confectionery of the utmost high quality, authenticity and presentation, garnering the adoration of countless individuals. The main store of Shiseido Parlour Ginza, located on the first floor of the Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building, boasts an open and spacious atmosphere with its high ceilings and captivating showcase, featuring a wide array of timeless favorites.

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Shiseido Parlour’s delightful selection includes their renowned “Cheesecake,” which has captivated patrons since its introduction in 1978. These cheesecakes are meticulously crafted using carefully selected ingredients such as premium Hokkaido flour and Danish cream cheese. Encased in a delicate biscuit crust, the luscious cream cheese filling offers a heavenly experience with each bite. As the crust crumbles, the rich cheese melts effortlessly in your mouth, leaving a truly indulgent sensation. Available in convenient bite-sized portions and packaged beautifully, these cheesecakes are not only a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes, making them an ideal choice for gifting and savoring.

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Shiseido Parlour presents a delightful selection of confectionery that exemplifies the unique craftsmanship of a brand deeply rooted in the art of “beauty” in Ginza. In addition to their beloved signature offerings, be sure to explore their enticing seasonal treats, available for a limited time only. If you find yourself contemplating the perfect souvenir, a visit to Shiseido Parlor in Ginza is a must, where you can discover an array of exquisite sweets that encapsulate the essence of this esteemed establishment.

Shiseido Parlour

Location: Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 8 Chome−8−3 4 5F
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 11:30 AM–9:30 PM Mon Closed
Website: Shiseido Parlour

A visit to Ginza offers a treasure trove of luxurious souvenirs and delightful confectionery. From the century-old traditions of Seigetsudo Honten and Minamoto Kitchoan to the hidden gems like Tachibana’s Karinto and GENDY’s Brandy Cake, and the renowned offerings of Shiseido Parlor, each experience promises a journey of indulgence and refined tastes. Whether you’re seeking Japanese confectionery or a blend of Western influences, Ginza’s exquisite souvenir shops have something to delight every palate and create lasting memories of luxury in the heart of Tokyo.

A Sweet Taste of Autumn in Japan: A Historic Guide to Traditional Japanese Autumn Treats

As the days become shorter and the weather begins to cool, autumn arrives in a parade of deep, earthy colors such as crimson, violet, and mustard. The challenging humidity of summer subsides and the crisp, cool air of autumn invites many Japanese residents to enjoy enriching activities such as reading, painting, hiking, and enjoying delicious, hearty dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Though foods such as fresh grilled pacific saury and soul-warming hot pots gain lots of traction, something you cannot miss are the decadent traditional sweets, or wa-gashi, that can be enjoyed especially during this season. Depending on where in Japan you are, these sweets can vary widely, which makes for the perfect gift for a loved one when traveling to these locations! Today we’ll explore a few traditional sweets popular in different Japanese regions during the autumn season, and their unique history!

Kanto 揚げまんじゅう

Image credits: Age-manju from Asakusa Kokonoe

Our first location is the Kanto region, most popular for its cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama. Though there are a plethora of traditional sweets that have their roots here, one of the most popular is the age-manju, which is a deep-fried manju! The chef takes a manju, a small pastry cake filled traditionally with a red bean paste, and lightly coats it in batter before they fry it to a crispy golden brown color. The history of the age-manju dates back to over 100 years ago when people would place manjus as offerings inside of Buddhist altars. After some time, the manju would harden and dry out. Rather than wasting the food, people began to deep fry the manju to reheat the interior and to give it a crispy exterior for a pleasant snack.

 After over 100 years, the age-manju is enjoyed as its own specific treat, now available in a variety of flavors.Both the filling and outer batter options can vary vastly, especially during the autumn time! A few of our favorites are the red bean paste with chopped chestnut, as well as the sweet potato paste with matcha batter. Age-manju can be found in almost any gourmet-centered locations around Tokyo, such as Asakusa and Ueno, where the manju is deep-fried right in front of your eyes. For an elevated experience, we recommend trying the age-manju from the Kikunoya Flagship Store, located in Ginza. Macadamia nuts are sprinkled on top of the manju before it is deep fried to perfection using premium quality oil for a satisfying crunch. Why not enjoy this treat after visiting our flagship store as well, which is only a short 3-minute stroll away!

Kansai ぜんざい

Another epicenter of traditional Japanese sweets is the Kansai region, especially in Kyoto where they are most famous for their deep, robust Uji-matcha. Sweets in the Kansai region oftentimes are more simplistic and use less sugar to truly focus on bringing out the natural flavor of each ingredient. A hearty dessert popular in the colder months is the zenzai, a warm red bean soup accompanied by boiled or grilled mochi. The zenzai is said to have traveled from Izumo to the then-capital of Japan, Kyoto. This dish was served during Jinzaisai, or the Festival of the Visit of the Gods, a Shinto belief where all of the deities would travel to Izumo to gather once a year during the autumn months. During this festival, a special mochi, called Jinzai mochi, and beans would be offered to the dieties. Near the end of the festival, the mochi and beans were placed together in a pot to create a stew which was shared by the people of Izumo. Through the exchange of dialects, by the time the dish reached Kyoto it was known as ‘zenzai’. Limited to the autumn time, many tea houses in Kyoto that serve this dish add soft, roasted chestnuts, or even replace the red beans entirely with a chestnut paste to make a rich, creamy treat that is perfect for the colder months.

Kyoto, known for its gorgeous scenery, is even more breathtaking in the autumn with its abundant Japanese maple leaves that turn crimson red during this season. When visiting Kyoto in the fall be sure to partake in the Japanese tradition of ‘momiji-gari’, which directly translates to “Japanese maple leaf harvesting”. Despite its name, this tradition is simply the act of going outside to observe and admire the colorful leaves of autumn. We highly advise to keep in mind to dress comfortably as the best spots to partake in ‘momiji-gari’ are usually higher in the mountains. In true Kyoto fashion, these mountains have numerous tea houses for visitors to rest at and enjoy a warm cup of tea along with traditional wa-gashi, including zenzai of course!

For a comfortable, yet stylish look perfect for the chic atmosphere of Kyoto, we recommend our Ivory First Class Hoodie paired with our Taupe Relax Wide Trousers. Stay warm and active while you enjoy the mystic scenery of Kyoto without having to worry about feeling underdressed. Both the trousers and hoodie include pockets which can easily store your smartphone and smaller items, making them both the ideal travel partner!

Chubu もみじの衣揚げ

Our final destination is the Chubu Region, famous for the historic city of Nagoya, which is one of our most recent store locations!

Image credits: Ogura Toast by Visit Nagoya

Nagoya is most famous for their unique dessert that is quite simple and consists of three ingredients; toast, butter, and red bean paste. Known as ogura (red bean paste) toast, this dish is enjoyed both as a light snack or even as a breakfast food. Its history originates from the end of World War I where a quaint wa-gashi store was no longer able to purchase mochi rice due to the inflation quadrupling its prices. Simultaneously during this time, there was a ‘bread boom’, which meant an abundant amount of bread and butter were readily available, and for a discounted price. Taking this as an opportunity, the owner converted their wa-gashi store into a ‘kissaten’, or “tea-drinking shop”, which usually serves western-style food and drinks such as coffee and sandwiches, opposed to a traditional Japanese tea shop. The shop owner began serving buttered toast, which was a popular dish at that time. Shortly after, they noticed a trend of younger people ordering buttered toast with zenzai and dipping the bread into the sweet red bean stew. This was when the owner got the idea to incorporate the two dishes, creating the infamous ogura toast!

Speaking of momiji leaves of Kyoto, another Japanese treat is quite unique and perfect for ‘momiji-gari’ season, especially for those who may not be able to partake in the event. This must-try unique snack is deep-fried momiji leaves, perfect for the autumn season! To make these snacks, momiji leaves are harvested and pickled in salt a year prior to them being served. Then, they are deep-fried using a sweet, decadent batter to crispy perfection. This traditional snack is not only enjoyed by locals alongside a cup of warm green tea, but they make wonderfully unique and seasonal gifts! Why not pair the sweets with a warming item from kay me, such as the Peach Pink Silk Wool Cutwork Lace Scarf, for the ultimate autumn gift. The scarf is sure to keep the recipient warm as the colder months come up, and it leaves them with a special keepsake even after the sweets are eaten!

Whether going for a stroll around your local area or traveling for business, be sure to give traditional Japanese sweets a try, especially if they offer fresh seasonal options! Traditional Japanese sweets can be found practically anywhere from the snack aisle at convenience stores to high-end shops located within boutique districts, and don’t forget to share your favorite dishes with loved ones as souvenirs.

After stopping by for a quick sweet treat, be sure to complete your trip by visiting any of our 12 stores all across Japan! All of our store locations can be found here:

Meet Catherine O’Connell, the “Lawpreneur” empowering women in law – Part 1

At kay me, we are always inspired by the amazing achievements and examples set by ambitious individuals who stand up to the challenge. In this series, we chat to International female entrepreneurs who are paving their own paths and leading the way for others in Japan, and hear their stories, advice and perspectives starting up their success.

Recently, we caught up with “Lawpreneur” from New Zealand, Catherine O’Connell, the first international woman to start up her own law firm in Tokyo, who is now empowering women in Japan to reach their potential. She shares her career story and networking advice with us.

Tell us about a little about your background

Born and raised in New Zealand, after leaving school and delving into an intense course of study of the Japanese language, I dived into a first career as a tour guide with JTB.

I then pivoted into law and became a lawyer working with Japanese businesspeople and ex-pat corporates. An opportunity arose to come to work in Japan for 1 year and, well, I’ve now been living and working in Japan for 18 years! 

After building experience as in-house legal counsel in big Japanese corporates and working in Tokyo and London for an international law firm, I became a “Lawpreneur” – a entrepreneurial lawyer – and launched my own boutique law firm in Tokyo. In 2020 I won an Entrepreneur of the Year Award which I am most proud of.

When I am off work, I love watching rugby, wine tasting, making jewelry as a pastime as well as taking walks which I call #soulstrolls.

Making the career jump: the road to establishing her law firm in Japan

Boldness is not a muscle you are born with; boldness is a muscle you can build and learn over time. After amassing experience in all four corners of the legal world (working in-house at headquarters; APAC head of legal in a US subsidiary; International law firm solicitor and several secondments) I had enough boldness to take a leap. I knew it was time to utilizing all this business law experience to give clients are truly practical business-based lawyer experience. I wanted more balance and flexibility in my professional life, and I wanted to disrupt the legal services industry and provide a fresh approach to legal services with a flexible lawyer option.

On International Women’s Day in March 2021, Japan’s first lawyer-led legal podcast program “Lawyer on Air” was launched. We talk to female lawyers working in Japan, all things law and entrepreneurship. I decided to launch this podcast so that I can shine a brilliant light on the extremely wonderful women lawyers who surround me, inspire me and support me as they excel in their work in Japan. I’m passionate about giving them a platform to share their stories and successes as a woman lawyer working in the Land of the Rising Sun.

If anyone knows someone who would be a wonderful guest on my show please let me know!

The key to success is “Networking”

Networking was and still is absolutely central to my success. Without the extensive and deep network I have, I don’t think I would have had the courage to attempt to launch a law practice in Japan. It is our networks that sustain us – for information and advice, for directing potential clients to us and for keeping their ears open for us to share our voice through various speaking opportunities. For me networking means “building relationships” and because I had built relationships over many years I had the confidence to open my own business and be supported by these people I had built relationships with.

Catherine’s Three Tips for Networking

Tip 1: Every connection you make is a valuable one.

I had built a network of people over the last 20 plus years and so I would recommend anyone setting up in business that they have some finances and have an established network of people to call upon for the spectrum of support you need to run a successful business. I think the biggest challenge when I started was the initial setup, and the time it took to do the paperwork with the Ministry of Justice, and with the banks in Japan. The paperwork bottleneck is still a big problem for setting up business in Japan. Other than that, I really didn’t have many challenges, as I had savings to financially sustain me and many people, male and female reached out to help me and refer clients to me in my early days.

Tip 2: Build bridges that last. Don’t burn them.

Networking is a long-game play and not about what you can grab.  I also think it’s very important when you leave a workplace to go to new pastures, that you do not burn any bridges. It’s bound to be the case that in future roles, your path will cross over the network of people from your past. Keeping professional relationships is critical for strengthening your networks even more and a sour relationship will weaken your network.

Networking is a two-way street and I always have at the forefront of my mind what I can do for that person to help them, and usually they help me further down the track.

Tip 3: Asking for introductions is key

If you are a little bit shy, I would suggest you ask one person in every meeting you are in, to help introduce you to someone in their network. In order to do that, you need to be able to introduce yourself well and say what it is you do to help others. That way a person can easily introduce you to the right people who you can build relationships with.

Being the leader of a diverse network for female legal practitioners, “Women in Law Japan”

I love working with this group of fantastic lady lawyers and I am really proud of what insights and knowledge sharing we produce for the big network of lawyers and people working in the law in Japan. Our members are all full-time lawyers working in house or in private practice and they are super busy in their daily work. However somehow they all manage to come together in unison to create and curate all of the events and activities that we deliver to our 300-strong membership. I have to give big credit to the previous President, Rika Beppu, who set up things very nicely and efficiently so that I could walk into the role from January 2021 with ease.

In such a leadership role you have to be really well organized, prepare agendas, instigate and oversee the event planning, and build comradery so that the team work as one unit. I also take the time to guide so that others can take charge of different aspects of the organization such as social media channels, the website, specialist committees. I’ve learned a lot as the leader of this Not for Profit board.

I would like to provide full support to all female lawyers. The more people there are, the wider the network and the stronger and more empowered the community becomes.

Find our more about “Women In Law Japan” here:

In the next part, we take a closer look into the day of Catherine’s busy schedule, hear her inspirations and find out more on her style philosophy. Read Part Two.

For more beautiful kimono-inspired dresses made in Japan, see our selection below:

How to Survive Rainy Days in Japan

As the last of the sakura petals fall, a lush wave of greenery washes over Japan, welcoming the warmer days of spring. However, before summer can truly arrive, the country is met by a month-long rainy season, or tsuyu (梅雨=plum rain). This unpredictable season brings a mixture of heavy rain, extreme humidity, high winds, and unstable temperatures. Here are a few tips and tricks to survive the rainy season of Japan, and to even enjoy it!

The ‘Tsuyu’ Essentials

Going to work during the rainy season can impose many unpleasant hurdles such as commuting in the rain, walking into heavily air-conditioned rooms, and being surrounded by extreme humidity. A few tsuyu season must-haves for any woman on the go in Japan are body wipes, stick hair wax, blotting paper and powder, and a small towel. Many of these items are centered around being convenient, portable, and mess-free and to keep a fresh appearance throughout the day. All of these items (and more!) can easily be stored in the kay me Boxy Pouch, which comes in two sizes, small and large. Keep your items not only neat and organized in your bag, but it also adds extra protection from sudden rainfall with its water-repellant surface!

Dressing for the Office

Workwear can also make a great difference in how comfortable you stay throughout your day and in recent weeks, we have seen more and more interest our Cotton-blend Suit range. A recommendation for all-day comfort is our Gray Stretch I-Line Trousers, which feature a slightly shortened hem which will prevent them from being soaked from sudden rain or unexpected puddles. The cotton blend jersey material used is light, breathable, and quick-drying and after a long day, you can also throw it in the wash, hang it up to dry and have a fresh set for the next day. Pair these trousers with your favorite top and the matching Cotton Blend Jersey jacket for an instantly gorgeous and comfy rainy day outfit!

As a way to subside the humidity, many workplaces keep their air-conditioning on, which can result in a chilly atmosphere, especially coming inside after being dampened by the rain. To avoid the cold workplace, we recommend packing an extra, lightweight layer that can be easily thrown on whenever additional warmth is needed. A suggestion we have is our White Kanazawa Side-Slit Cardigan! This lightweight cardigan provides breathable coverage all the way down to the knees and features the perfect design to pair with any dress or outfit. Simply throw this cardigan over when you feel chilly, or even drape it over your knees when working at your desk. The possibilities of this versatile piece are endless!

Traveling in the Tsuyu season

Many may feel discouraged from traveling on rainy days, but with the right location and attire, it can easily make for a charming adventure. Like the crimson red momiji leaves in the autumn and the blush-colored petals of sakura blossoms in the spring, tsuyu season is most famous for their breathtaking ajisai (hydrangea) blooms. Hydrangeas in Japan range from white, blue, purple, red, and any mixture of these colors. The scenery of an ocean of bloomed ajisai is one that many local Japanese people leave the comfort of their homes for, despite the gloomy weather. During this time, many places partake in ajisai festivals filled with traditional Japanese cuisine, contests, and various entertainments that can be enjoyed by all ages. Temples around areas such as Kamakura and Kyoto are also popular locations to enjoy hydrangea blooms as they are often planted along the entire pathways leading to and around the temples. For a stroll around the temples of Kamakura, we recommend a lightweight cotton dress, like our Khaki Cotton Shirt Dress, which helps wick away moisture for lasting, soft comfort.

As it is likely that you will need to hold an umbrella when exploring Japan during tsuyu, it is highly recommended that you carry a bag that will free up both arms. A perfect travel companion is our 29 Pocket Wallet Bag, which easily fits all of your necessities (and more!) into a compact bag that can be worn three ways; as a clutch, shoulder bag, and crossbody. Wear the 29 Pocket Wallet Bag as a crossbody to free both arms for your umbrella in one hand and your phone in the other to take snapshots of the gorgeous hydrangea in the rain!

Whether experiencing tsuyu at work or on your days off, there are several ways to make the experience much more enjoyable. For example, shopping for a new favorite pair of rain boots, or taking a stroll around your local area in a different light, or rather an overcast. No matter what you do during this season, if you are planning to step out of the house, be sure to grab your trusty umbrella and any other rain gear to avoid any unexpected downpours. Keeping these tips and tricks in mind will surely make this rainy season not only a breeze, but also filled with exciting opportunities to explore Japan!

Celebrating Ohanami in Japan

Known for their four distinct seasons, Japan celebrates each seasonal passing by observing nature closely. One of the most popular seasons for tourists to visit Japan is during the springtime when the cherry blossom trees bloom. This magnificent scene has become one of the most popular symbols that Japan is known by. Like tourists, native people of Japan also hold cherry blossoms close to their hearts and celebrate the blooms each year by holding ‘ohanami’, or cherry blossom viewing, events. During ohanami, people gather under blooming cherry blossom trees and enjoy a small potluck-style banquet full of delicious food and drinks.

There are many ways to safely celebrate cherry blossom season this year, including staying home and having your own personal Ohanami! Here are a few ways people in Japan are celebrating this cherry blossom season.

Sakura Mochi

Sakura Mochi

A popular way to celebrate cherry blossom season in Japan is indulging in sakura-themed desserts! From macarons to doughnuts, well-known western desserts are infused with sakura flavoring and arranged to look like soft pink petals. For a more traditional taste, we recommend trying sakura mochi, a wagashi enjoyed in the spring that consists of red bean paste wrapped in pink mochi, enveloped in pickled cherry blossom leaves. This cultural dessert can be easily recreated at home, and is a popular pastime that is enjoyed by families, especially with young children. When making these traditional sweets with family or friends, we recommend wearing something comfortable, easy to wash and wear in and out the house, like our new Stretch Air Denim Pants, paired with your favorite top!


The different stages of a sakura bonsai tree in bloom

This spring, a popular trend that can be observed at many flower shops across Japan is the increased demand of “personal” sakura trees, which come in the form of branches or even small bonsai trees. This new trend, called ‘ouchi hanami’ (ouchi=home) is exactly how it sounds! Many people in Japan decorate their homes with these sakura trees and have small banquets with people within their home, or even by themselves.

Another tradition that comes with cherry blossom season is Yozakura, meaning night sakura. During the season, many gardens and parks illuminate special pathways for people to observe the sakura trees during the night. This magical and romantic sight is most popular to visit amongst couples of all ages. Like ouchi hanami, another trend on the rise is ouchi yozakura. Many couples are choosing to celebrate at home and having an indoor date night surrounded by softly illuminated cherry blossoms, complete with delicious food and drinks, and dressing up for the occasion. When dressing for your yozakura date, we recommend wearing a charming floral print dress to match the theme, like our Red Aroma Andalusia with its striking red and blue colors to complement the backdrop. Pair with a White Knit Bolero to dress up the style and soften the print!

Celebrate in Pink!

Cherry blossoms may not be available in certain areas, but that does not mean that the season cannot be celebrated. By simply incorporating sakura-colored items with your favorite outfits, you can bring this special season to those around you! For the full effect, wrap yourself in our Lavender Flight Dress. Perfect to wear out on a walk or to relax in at home, with a soft pink floral print that encapsulates the spring mood.

Or for a subtle pop of fresh spring color, add a few of our favorite sakura-colored items such as the Peach Crew-Neck Cardigan and the Champagne Pink 29 Pocket Wallet Bag. These two items feature the absolute perfect shade of soft pastel pink, much like delicate cherry blossom petals.

As the cherry blossoms bloom, it symbolizes the start of a new chapter along with new challenges. We wish you a safe and beautiful ohanami with these new ideas in mind to start off the season.

For more things pink, see our full range or get some Japanese-style inspiration with our Modern Kimono collection, with all our items made in Japan by our skilled artisans for a piece of Japanese craftsmanship you can take and wear with you.

Explore the Cities: Around kay me’s New Stores

As we approach our 10th anniversary here at kay me, we are thrilled to announce our newest store locations; Nagoya Sakae, Fukuoka, and Hanshin Umeda (Osaka)! With such diverse culture in Japan, each city is incredibly unique whether pertaining to dialect, scenery and landscape, or even specialty dishes. We’d love to take this opportunity to introduce our three new store locations, as well as the unique culture that surrounds them.


Our first store, Nagoya Sakae, debuted on February 24th, and is located inside Nagoya Sakae Mitsukoshi.

Nagoya is most famously known for their rich background in ceramics and textile, which has been said to have existed from the 12th century. Many of these traditional workshops and factories can be toured, and is the perfect location for kay me as it has a vibrant culture centered around traditional Japanese craftsmanship, a quality we strive to introduce to the world through our clothing.

The most iconic landmark of Nagoya is their castle, completed with a 48-meter tall tower and a moat. The tower has been renovated and now houses a museum for tourists to learn about the rich history of Nagoya. The castle is also dressed with Shachihoko, ornate carp statues with the head of a tiger or dragon, which has become a popular symbol many Japanese people know Nagoya by.

Nagoya Castle by Ryunosuke Kikuno


Our second store newly opening this year is Fukuoka, which will open on March 3rd, located inside of Fukuoka Mitsukoshi.

Fukuoka city at night

Fukuoka is said to be one of Japan’s largest cities, most famous for their resonance with the arts. From gorgeous museums and galleries, to quaint local theatres, the arts surround everyday life in Fukuoka, which can be observed by taking a stroll down any street. With such a deep connection with artistry, we believe that our new store will feel right at home.

Nanzoin Temple from MATCHA

Internationally known for their Reclining Buddha located within the Nanzoin Temple, Fukuoka is also known for their many temples and shrines, which are all surrounded by gorgeous greenery. When visiting Fukuoka, we suggest wearing comfortable shoes, like our Howa Howa Stretch Flats, as these sights will not want to be missed! Not only do they add a chic touch to any outfit, our vegan flats are lightweight, flexible, and feature 10 times more cushioning to ensure day-long comfort. Choose from a selection of 5 different shades and 2 premium-quality vegan materials, with each pair made by artisan shoemakers in Tokyo.


Our third location opening on March 10th will be in the Hanshin Umeda Main Building, located in Osaka.

Osaka, the epicenter of the Kansai Region, is best known for its urban downtown scenery. Many historians hypothesize that Osaka was originally to become the capital of Japan rather than Tokyo. Known as the ‘city of water’ with its expansive canals and rivers spanning the area, the landscape made way for communities come together and flourish. Even to today, this bustling metropolitan area still grows, and the busy streets of Dotonbori are beautifully illuminated at night with bright neon signs covering every inch of each building. When visiting Osaka, we highly suggest walking down these streets and giving traditional cuisine, such as okonomiyaki and takoyaki, a try!  

In contrast to the busy metropolitan area, Osaka also offers breathtaking traditional Japanese architecture present in their shrines, temples, and castles. One of the most popular landmarks is the Osaka Castle, which nestles right in the middle of the metropolitan area. The castle is surrounded by parks, gardens, museums, and even a shrine, and makes it the perfect location for an afternoon stroll to escape the urban jungle that surrounds it. With so much variety Osaka has to offer, we hope that our new Hanshin Umeda location will provide a go-to spot for busy women in need of versatile items that can be worn for any occasion.

Around Osaka Castle by note thanun

With so many exciting landmarks to see for all three locations, we highly recommend grabbing a pair of our Howa Howa Stretch Flats with the kay me Soft Hoodie, available in 3 colors and 1 gorgeous floral print. The fluffy fabric is light and airy, and perfect for strolls! The hoodie can be paired with any outfit, including long skirts, for ultimate comfort without compromising style.

This hoodie can be purchased online, or in-store, including our 3 newest locations! Find your closest store on your next trip in Japan and discover more with our comfort-driven items!

Houmongi: The Japanese Visiting Kimono

When it comes to special occasions in Japan, wearing a kimono is still a cherished tradition that holds a special meaning for many women. There are several types of kimono, but when you are celebrating a wedding, attending an formal party or even visiting your partner’s family for the first time, the houmongi is the kimono of choice.

What is Houmongi?

Houmongi is a type of semi-formal kimono which first appeared in the Taisho period (1912-1926) and it means ‘Visiting Wear’ in English. It can be worn by married and unmarried woman, and its design often has a pattern on hem and sleeve, sometimes sweeping up across the body in a diagonal direction. This type of kimono is typically worn for social visits or formal events where you want to be dressed up and have a respectful, modest or elegant appearance.

Kimonos in Modern Society

Wearing a kimono has declined over the years, due to its complexity, difficulty to wear, preference for modern clothing and more, but at kay me, the kimono is ingrained in our heritage and we believe it still has a place in modern society. To bring the kimono into the contemporary wardrobe for everyday or occasion wear, we have our new dresses directly inspired by Houmongi kimonos, the Hyakka and Kazehana dress.

Made with our signature stretch jersey for ease and day-long comfort and in our Gather dress pattern designed to accentuate the bodyline for an beautiful hourglass silhouette – it is perfect for making a striking impression and made to wear with modern clothing and accessories.

A Taste of Japan

We hope our dresses can spark more conversation about kimono and Japanese culture and make your next occasion that extra bit more memorable. Each dress is proudly made by our artisans in Japan and we offer free worldwide shipping to any destination. For more Japanese-inspired modern dresses, see our Modern Kimono collection, or to see more of the Visiting dress series, see our Modern Meets Culture page.

Winter flowers in Japan

While winter might be the season of snow, skiing and cozying up under kotatsu (Japanese heated table with blanket), here at kay me we’re hard at work preparing for the next year ahead and enjoying the beautiful nature that surrounds us in Japan.

Cherry blossom is emblematic of spring, but don’t forget that winter has its own share of beautiful blooms and pretty petals too!

Today, kay me stylists pick their favorite winter flowers and provide a selection matching dresses for a subtle taste of the beauty of Japan…

Camellia (tsubaki)










With stunning petals in shades of red and pink, camellia flowers bring a much-needed burst of color to the winter landscape.

Our Tsubaki dresses are of course the perfect match! With a pretty camellia print in both red and blue, pair these dresses with simple but striking accessories for special occasions. For even more color, explore our solid color jersey dresses in rich reds and pinks.

Ginkgo (icho)


One of our favorite signs of late autumn, the brilliant gold of gingko leaves creates a living carpet of leaves across the city as we say farewell to fall.

Capture the glow of gingko with our dresses in yellow floral prints, and wear with contrasting knitwear to stay warm all season long. Our silk dress in warm gold creates a stunning impression, and our patented washable silk means there’s no need to worry about dry-cleaning and more time to enjoy your special events.

Maple trees (momiji)


The last signs of the gorgeous autumn foliage are still with us, and something that we look forward to every year.

Bring the warmth and color of maple leaves into you wardrobe with our charming Rice Shower series in red and green, as well as our solid color jersey dresses in suitably leaf-like orange. kay me stylists suggest pairing these dresses with with knits and outerwear in black and beige tones for an extra fall feeling even in the middle of winter.

Plum blossom (ume)


The early cousin of cherry blossom, plum blossom’s gentle rounded petals let us know that spring is near and sure to grace us again soon.

For a true taste of traditional Japanese style, our 100% pure silk jersey Hana Asagi dress with shell-like bust design brings to mind delicate flowers against a cool winter sky. For a nod to the lovely variations of colors that plum blossom can be found in, take a look at our range of pink and purple dresses, from dark to light, and pair with matching kay me select stoles for a look that effortlessly channels the soft yet stark contrasts of plum blossom.

For more original florals and more, explore our print collectionsand don’t forget, kay me offers free global shipping as standard!

Discover the beauty of Ryukyu-bingata

Have you seen our gorgeous new Ryukyu-bingata inspired print dresses yet?

Certainly one of our most popular designs this summer, our charming prints are inspired by authentic patterns from Japan’s southernmost Okinawa islands.


Join us as we take a look at the history and techniques behind our new dresses…

The story of Ryukyu-bingata begins over 500 years ago, with techniques adapted from around Asia, thanks to the geographic location of the Ryukyu (now Okinawa) islands and trade between nations.

Ryukyu-bingata designs are famous for their beautiful rich colors and shading, as well as the natural imagery, inspired by the flora and fauna of the islands.

To create unique colors, many natural materials including shells, plants and even arsenic and sulphur were used, with complex designs involving almost 20 colors – in fact, our bingata design actually uses 22 colors, thanks to modern printing technology!


Colorful designs were exclusively worn by members of the royal family, with citizens limited to simple indigo patterns.

Our beautiful Ryukyu-bingata dresses are available in three color ways:

なでしこ Nadeshiko (pink)

Ai  (indigo)

あまいろ Amairo (sky blue)


The traditional Ryukyu-bingata process involves ten intricate steps:

  1. Stencil cutting – designs are cut with a fine blade into mulberry paper, coated with persimmon for hardness
  2. Stencil resist painting – paste, made from boiled rice, rice bran and water, is applied to the stencil
  3. Freehand resist painting – for large designs, rice paste is painted by hand onto the cloth
  4. Painting – painting starts from light to dark colors, and can vary from monotone to colorful designs in beautiful natural tones
  5. Re-painting – for extra vibrancy, the painting process is repeated
  6. Details – around the edge of the patterns is defined to create extra detail
  7. Background resist – if the background requires painting, rice paste is added to the previously painted areas
  8. Background painting – the entire background of the design is painted
  9. Color setting – the fabric is steamed to set the colors
  10. Washing – finally, the fabric is washed and dried and ready for use

For large designs such as kimono, it can take three people several days to paint and prepare bingata cloth, and accordingly Ryukyu-bingata kimono are a stunning luxury item. Modern uses for bingata include home wear and casual clothing.


(Nadeshiko gather dress, Ai gather dress, Amairo cache-coeur dress)

Our Ryukyu-bingata dresses utilize the best of modern Japanese technology and craftsmanship to unite traditional techniques and designs with the needs of modern women around the world.

Not only are our dresses a gorgeous example of authentic Japanese design, but they’re also fully machine washable, drip dry and crease-resistant too, making for an elegant and easy way to capture the beauty of Japan.

Discover more from our Ryukyu collection, and our Contemporary Kimono designs.

Romantic White Day outfits

Did you know that Japan has its own answer to Valentine’s Day?

Started in 1978 and now celebrated around Asia, White Day is the opposite to Valentine’s Day, when women in Japan give chocolate to the boys and men in their lives, the following month on March 14th those lucky guys who have received chocolate in February are now expected to return the favor. Typical White Day gifts include white-colored chocolate and sweets such as marshmallows, and even jewellery and small luxury items.

This White Day, we’ve put together some of our favorite ways to wear white – and don’t forget that as kay me is fully machine washable you’ll have nothing to worry about!



(White knit long skirt, White rib dress, White bijou cardigan, White bijou top)

Soft, luxuriously thick and machine washable, kay me knitwear is woven specially in Japan, and designed to keep you warm and comfortable all day long.

Our stunning range now includes cardigans and knitwear embellished with Swarovski crystals, as well as dresses and our super stretchy long skirt that’s a great choice for travel. Pair our knitwear with simple accessories and jersey dresses in contrasting colors for a bold look, or wear together for a complete outfit.



(White ruffle cuff jacket, Lace peplum jacket, White ruffle jacket, White chiffon top)

If you’re in the office on White Day, why not make a subtle nod to the day with our selection of hand-tailored suits in pure white.

Choose from our feminine suit styles featuring ruffled cuffs and collars, layered lace peplum, and pure white layered chiffon top that can be worn with a variety of skirts and trousers. Change up your style by simply pairing a white jacket with one of our original print jersey dresses, and for an effortlessly cohesive look make sure that one of the tones present in the print matching your white jacket.



(White tote bag, Plum i-lace gradation scarf, Pure white silk-wool lace scarf)

Put the finishing touches on your outfit with our original bags and stoles! Our tote bag is the perfect size to fit all your essential items (and much more!), and this pure white finish is also available as a two-way business bag (worn as a backpack or carried in hand) and our popular PC bag with special laptop section and plenty of useful pockets.

Handmade in India, our beautiful stoles can be found in many flattering colors, including our pure white stole with hand-cut lace decoration and I-lace design in plum with individually-dyed lace detailing.

For more outfit inspiration, try filtering our categories by color or shopping by occasion!