Kimono De Jack UK and Social Shopping

So, it happened. We managed to get 5 kimono lovers together for the first Kimono De Jack event and more will be attending the next event.

*photos by Lyuba Johnson

It was a great event and we shopped, talked and afterwards networked on facebook. I was recommended an obi clip for my obi troubles on the day and Hong used facebook to send me to a Rakuten item: and then following a discussion we had regarding the difficulty in finding larger sized zori, she posted this on my profile:

This is a great example of how real life relationships meet social networking with actions that translate to online shopping. Rakuten also have a new blog.

So in my basket today I have an obi clip, pair of zori and a funky obi makura all made easy for my by friends and facebook. Still think facebook is a waste of time for your online business? Kimono De Jack was Saturday, Monday morning I am spending my hard earned cash.

Social shopping is a key part of an on-line business and facebook makes things easy.

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Shipping Weights on Rakuten (Kimono Examples)

Most sellers on Rakuten don’t tell you the shipping weight and for international trade this is essential for the shipping calculator function on the site. I have been getting questions about this so I will post some weights of items I often buy on Rakuten for comparisons sake.

However, I buy Kimono on Rakuten and related goods so this post will only serve a few people 🙂 – Included are the prices too at time of going to press, and are shipping costs from Japan and Europe.

Standard Kimono: 800g (2400 yen/18.11)
Furisode: 1200g (3250 yen/24.54)
Kakeshita (Wedding furisode but often more padded and heavier): 1900g (4600 yen/37.73)
Uchikake: 2900g (6200 yen/46.81)
Cotton Yukata: 500g (1800 yen/13.60)
Hanhaba Obi:300g (1500 yen/11.30)
Maru/Fukuro Obi: 700g (2200 yen/16.61)
Nagoya Obi:600g (2000 yen/15.10)
Juban: 500g (1800 yen/13.60)
Haori: 400g (1800 yen/13.60)

Most average western clothing parcels come to about 200-300g which is 11-12 for 3/4 day shipping fully insured and tracked the whole way. For the same fully tracked service from UK to UK you will pay between 6 and 8 at the post office. As with all international trade, you need to figure the postage cost into the full cost of the item – but for me the unique range of items on Rakuten is the key. I can’t get what I really want anywhere else really.

This also pulls me to a point also, if I wanted to send a parcel to Japan (from the UK) with the same specification as EMS for a 500g parcel (13.60 from Japan) I would have to pay 54. How silly is that? How can we expect to be a global trader if we have to pay that much for decent shipping abroad? We have to chance it with Royal Mail International Signed For which is 17.49 (takes around 2 weeks and the tracking is terrible really), and compensation for loss takes 4 months if your even lucky to get it…

Will privatisation of the Royal mail help our economy? I have a strong feeling of doom around the subject. I am a Royal Mail doom cookie at the best of times….

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Rakuten Parcel Arrives….

I normally use SAL shipping which takes 7-14 days from Japan so I forgot how FAST EMS was. I ordered, what last Thursday? Got my confirmation email Friday? and then a crappy…’I had to get out of bed on my day off to answer the door to Parcelforce’ text from my husband on Monday morning. He also complained that he has been waiting for a parcel delivered from within the UK for a week 🙂

So there you go, it might seem expensive, but for how fast you get your items it is worth it. I paid 29 in total for two han-eri and on eBay it would cost me 30 without shipping.

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Update for my recent Rakuten Order…

Well I had my email for my order, so I thought in the interest of education I would post the translation:

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Email this email is important for your order.
Please save your transaction to complete.
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HitchinsElizabeth like

Once again, I am deeply grateful to you for your beautiful garden footwear Tate Hazime.
We confirm that your order was approved for the contract.

We have received your order details below.
Please check.

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Please find your order will be ? ? ?.
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[Order number] 229894-**********-***********
[Date] 2010-09-02 17:01:54
[The order] Hitchins Elizabeth-like
[Payment-paid credit cards
How to Use Point] No
[Shipping] EMS
Specify delivery time:]

[Your ship date] September 03, 2010
Estimated Delivery Days: 4 ~ 5 days from date of shipment
[Destination] Hitchins Elizabeth-like
? *******my address here ************
(TEL) **********
The Products
Komon ?? wearing trousers made in Japan visiting graduation ceremony kimono black plum kimono embroidered collar half the original garden beauty Tate Hazime washable kimono (sberi02y-01)
Embroidery Color: A: Plums
1000 Price (yen) x 1 (each) = 1000 (yen) (excluding tax, shipping separate)
Komon ?? wearing trousers made in Japan visiting graduation ceremony kimono embroidered kimono cherry red neck wash half the original beauty of the garden pottery Tate Hazime (sberi09y-02)
Embroidery Color: B: Cherry Blossoms
1000 Price (yen) x 1 (each) = 1000 (yen) (excluding tax, shipping separate)
************************************************** **************
The number one destination (offers)
2 total items (pieces)
Total 2000 commodity prices (yen)
Subtotal 2000 (Yen)
VAT 0 (Yen)
Shipping 1800 (Yen)
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3800 Total (Yen)
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If you did not order here is ??
You may mail your order with someone else wrong.
In that case, it is very trouble until the beauty Tate Hazime Garden Kimono and Rakuten Ichiba

Email ? ? ?

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Contact numbers and other ships less complete Itashimashitara
It will not be by e-mail
Forward to the arrival of the goods, please wait.

Once again, you for a choice from among our many online shopping
Thank you very much indeed. I am deeply grateful.
Shop aims to be required for Kimonofan everyone will continue to devote
We will.?? thank you.

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As you can see the important information is translated well, my details for the order – what I ordered and most importantly how much shipping I am going to pay and the total. And the crazy translations always give you a giggle! Now I shall wait for my order 🙂

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Kimono shopping on Rakuten again…

Oh dear, well pulled in by their points scheme finally I have registered on Rakuten and grabbed two han -eri (kimono half collars) from a seller So-Bien

Registering has made my purchase flow on Rakuten quicker and smoother, something that will help me empty my bank account each month I am sure.

However, things are going to get worse. On the 9th Sept, like with their Australian offering – Rakuten is going to have a specific UK site to tailor more towards the needs of the UK shopping entity. Hold on to your purses people.

This recession is forcing small unique bricks and mortar shops that import from places like Japan to either move on-line or close. The Japanese economy thrives on export so it is only natural that they start hitting the UK shores.

Kimono-wise Rakuten gives me more options, there are a few good online stores with an English site (well 3) and also I buy from around 3 or 4 eBay sellers. But I do find myself hunting for things month on month as I can’t get them through those outlets. However, Rakuten opens up Japan for me so I can find the items on my kimono shopping list at the right prices.

So, what’s the future? Are marketplaces like Rakuten going to take our money out of our own economy? In the first place I would say yes, but if a marketplace is successful in a country they will also look for home-grown consultants and employees to support the success of the site.

With Japanese culture having a profound effect on the youth of today through Manga, Anime, fashion and fascination we shall see changes. Trade is a two way animal, many a time I have shipped my hairpieces to Japan so the Japanese on-line shoppers are looking at us too.

Watch out for more info and blogging on Rakuten nearer the launch!

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