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A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fabrica de San Pedro – Beautiful Mexico

We attended our third exhibit at the Fabrica de San Pedro in Uruapan, Michoacan. The Fabrica is known for hosting conventions but Susan, the owner, told me that they would like to see it become a cultural center as well. So far I think they are successful in this goal! This exhibit has been a favorite. Since it started on April 6th, the Japanese Kimono Exhibit has received over 5000 visitors!

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A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

The collection of gorgeous kimonos, obis, and various designs belong to Minoru Kobayashi, a Japanese resident of Uruapan. The collection was passed down to Señor Kobayashi from female members of his family. The earliest designs are over 100 years old. My 8-year-old son entertained himself by running around and reading all the dates on the placards. He is a number’s man :-)

I was in awe of the beauty of these Japanese garments. I would happily wear a few myself, in a cooler climate of course ;-) I learned that kimonos can be worn on many occasions but that the obi, (the fabric piece that is placed around the waist and tied in the back), is what really makes the dress shine or not. There are obis for all occasions. Some obis are strictly formal for parties and other fancy events. Obis can be tied in the back as a large bow or used as a little backpack of sorts for carrying various things.

This exhibit is going to be held through August 25th, so if you can visit I highly recommend it. Entry is free however they have a donation box so be sure to make a contribution. Take your kids as it’s a cool piece of Japanese history and culture. It made a nice little homeschool field trip for my four niños. The Fabrica is near Centro, Parque Lineal, and the National Park so you can make a whole day of it in Uruapan, Michoacan, enjoying nature and culture :-)

Side note: This was an impromptu visit so I only had my old smartphone for taking pictures! How I wish I had my professional camera. I apologize for the blurrrrr….

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A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico
Kimono without an obi.
A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico
So pretty! Looks like a bohemian wedding gown ;-)

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico
Obi up close.

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico
Love the bright colors on this obi!

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

From The Shop

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico
A modern design.

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico
Such detail!

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico
Kimonos without obis and obis without kimonos!

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico

A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fábrica de San Pedro - Beautiful Mexico
Minoru Kobayashi, the owner of this lovely collection. Thank you, Minoru for sharing it with the rest of us :-) Signing off, Tina

Originally published June 3, 2019

We attended an exhibit at the Fabrica de San Pedro in Uruapan, Michoacan. So far, the Japanese Kimono Exhibit has received over 5000 visitors!

2 thoughts on “A Japanese Kimono Exhibit at Fabrica de San Pedro – Beautiful Mexico

  1. Kathy Sterndahl says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Fortunately, I will be in Uruapan next month, so I will be sure to visit. I’ve lived in Chapala, Jalisco, for 15 years (after six months in Japan) but am ready for a change. I was wondering if there are any gringos in Uruapan, which is how I found your blog.

    • Tina Marie Ernspiker says:

      Very few compared to the number in tourist or expat communities like Chapala. Uruapan is a big city so we have all the cool stuff like a cinema and coffee shops but it still has a very authentic feel with everyone speaking Spanish :-) Enjoy the exhibit!

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