【 凛rin life 】 Vol.007

In this mail magazine, 【KUDEN by TAKAHIRO SATO】 will send you topics such as Japanese culture including kimono, fashion, lifestyle, and behind-the-scenes stories of creators every Friday, written by fashion designer Takahiro Sato.I became a fashion designer at the age of 43 to create a place to work with my son who has a disability, and I am challenging myself as a creator and manager to go overseas. I will share with you my personal viewpoints and perspectives that I cannot easily share on my website.


┃K┃U┃D┃E┃N┃【 凛rin life 】
/ Issued March 10, 2023 /


… 1. News
… 2. Catch up
… 3. Original serialization for KUDEN Charity , Novel “KUDEN Samurai Sword Jam”
 Ep.03The Planet 02
… 4. Q&A
… 5. Media & Serials and introduction of mail magazine serial-contents


■ 1. お知らせ


#Clothes for people who love kimonos #Japanese ModestyleKUDEN by TAKAHIRO SATO is a brand created to get people interested in traditional kimono with a modern kimono style that does not need special dressmaking.

Thank you for your many entries to our mail magazine subscribers-only Samurai Mode Vneck TShirt monitoring promotion. We have recently sent out the V-neck T-shirts to the winners.
The sharp silhouette of the T-shirt is elegant enough to be worn alone. It is made of 100% cotton with a cooling touch and high UV protection. It is a handmade item, carefully sewn by artisans at Arai Hosei in Tokyo. We are looking forward to your wonderful review.
If you are interested in this product, please check out our INSTOCK while supplies last.
We believe that this is a T-shirt that you can feel the quality of KUDEN's sewing. We are also planning to run another monitoring promotion in March!

At last, Samurai Mode Skirt - HAKKAKE HAKKAKE - We will be holding our first order event on website!
We are pleased to announce that the first Samurai Mode Skirt - HAKKAKE HAKKAKE - will be available for order on KUDEN's official website!
We will start at 18:00 on Saturday, March 11 in Japan time. (Please note that the start time may be delayed due to the manual operation of the site by our staff.)

【March Pre tailor-made event Samurai Mode Skirt - HAKKAKE 八掛- 

<Order period >
11th March [Sat.] 18:00(JST) - 2nd April [Sun.] 23:59(JST)

<Event privileges>
・Special discount for order event: 5% off

<Guidline for delivery>
Shipping from June to the end of July.

< Items >
・Samurai Mode Skirt - HAKKAKE 八掛- tight
・Samurai Mode Skirt - HAKKAKE 八掛- flare


※Click on the "Shop now" button below to jump to the link for the Hakkake skirt order.

● Samurai Mode Skirt - HAKKAKE 八掛-
The latest in the 3-piece kimono-like Japanese mode series/ Enjoy the traditional kimono hakkake in a single skirt/ Detachable hakkake parts allow you to dress one piece in various ways/ Change the silhouette easily with two buttons/ Italian design award-winning series/ Unisex design/ Sewn and designed in Japan

・Designed in the motif of "hakkake," the chic Japanese mode with a hint of color that shows through as you walk.
・A unisex design that can be worn by anyone of all ages, in Japan and abroad.
・The "hakkake" part is replaceable. The hakkake part is replaceable. By removing and replacing it, you can enjoy a variety of ways to wear one skirt.
・You can match the color and pattern with tops from the Samurai Mode Series to further expand the range of your outfits.
・Wrap-style design inspired by kimono. The button position can be changed for a 2-way style.
・Two silhouettes are available: a tight skirt and a flared skirt.
・This dress allows you to incorporate the enjoyment of a traditional kimono into your dailylife.

●What is hakkake?
HAKKAKE is also attached to the hem and cuffs of a kimono, and can be glimpsed through the cuffs when a person moves, such as when walking lightly or moving his or her hands. They not only add color to the appearance of the garment, but also play a practical role in protecting the outer fabric from friction between the fabric and the hands and feet that move around a lot. The hakkake (kimono wrappings) around the feet, which are subjected to a lot of friction, are sometimes frayed, and the kimono is often replaced and re-tailored to be worn for a long time. The kimono is often worn down by the friction of the outer fabric, especially at the feet, and the kimono is often replaced only with a new hakkake.

[Number Limited Pre tailor-made] Samurai Mode Skirt - HAKKAKE -

[Number Limited Pre tailor-made] Samurai Mode Skirt - HAKKAKE -

¥28,000 ¥26,600

Shop now


■ 2. Catch up

Hello everyone. I am Takahiro Sato, aka Tak, the designer. Today, March 10, is my son's elementary school graduation ceremony. I am writing this mail magazine as I am busy preparing for it.
So sorry for the lack of content this week.My son can't attend all of the graduation ceremonies, which are long because of his integrated elementary, junior high, and high school, but his teacher said he is doing well in the practice to receive his diploma.It has been 10 years since I left my son.It's been 8 months since we started living together again.I can't believe the day will come when I can attend the graduation ceremony.Cry...I'm sure...There are many things in life, aren't there?Let's all do our best for each other.

Now, here is a follow-up report on the new "Samurai Mode Kimono Gown" (tentative name).
We have now started to produce the fabrics and are sewing two sample pieces.
So we are trying to produce it in black and a cool light blue fabric for summer.
Until now, KUDEN's kimono style has consisted of three pieces, but this kimono gown is one piece.
We have designed this gimmick so that it can be worn as a sunshade like a long cardigan or in a kimono style like a yukata. The strings and belts for dressing are also incorporated into the design, so there is no need to purchase them separately, and they can be enjoyed 2-way.
I am now planning to combine a simple V-neck T-shirt and skinny pants and wear the gown as a sunshade, or tie it up to make it look like a yukata. I can't wait to see the sample kimono gowns that have been sewn.

"Samurai Mode Kimono Gown"
The keywords for this "Kimono Gown" were(AGAIN!)...
・1 piece can be used in both Western and Japanese styles
・Can be combined with other existing KUDEN clothes
・Customers who want to wear Kimono overseas can enjoy the Kimono style with just one piece
・Customers from hot countries can enjoy the Kimono style with this piece
・I want to make it a universal design that changes its expression just by changing the fabric like the original traditional kimono
・I want to make a silhouette that looks skinny with the shoulders dropped like a Jacket

The schedule for the shoot has been set, and since the schedule is tight so it will be done by me. I will now concentrate on my work as a photographer, such as deciding on the theme of the clothing shoot and how to express that theme in the studio.

We are looking forward to showing kimono gowns, and we would be happy to hear from you if you have any suggestions for fabrics or patterns that you would like to see in the gowns.
(Please send your comments to the mail form!).
Thank you for reading.
See you next time.


■ 3. Original serialization for KUDEN Charity , Novel “KUDEN Samurai Sword Jam”

Make the world just a little bit better by wearing your favorite "cool & kawaii" clothes!KUDEN, a fashion brand founded by a father with a mentally handicapped and autistic son, and Japan's leading animators, manga artists, and illustrators collaborated for a charity project.This novel is based on a charity that was started in 2021-2022 to create jobs at welfare centers for the handicapped and sewing factories with the help of animation and manga.Animation Director Mr. Ryosuke Takahashi famous for Blue Comet SPT Layzner(Armored Trooper Votoms, Fang of the Sun Dougram) , Character Designer & Animator Mr. Moriyasu Taniguchi (Armored Trooper Votoms , Captain Tsubasa, Samurai Champloo ), a combination of the TV animation "Blue Comet SPT Layzner" (We also received supportive comments from mechanical designer Mr.Kunio Okawara), voice actors Mr.Kazuhiko Inoue (Kakashi from Naruto, Nyanko sensei from Natsume's Book of Friends ), Rune Sasaki (Alfine from Crusher Joe , Vanessa Layard from Macross), and other splendid animators, manga artists, and illustrator teachers who have drawn characters in KUDEN clothing. Their character designs are printed on KUDEN's clothes and bags. (Currently being re-prepared for permanent installation)Its characters and worldview have been adapted into a novel by Takahiro Sato of KUDEN and serialized in Hobby Japan's Novel Up+! ( English version is publishedon Wattpad)The story is about a father who is the last sword smith struggling for his disabled son.

Novel “KUDEN Samurai Sword Jam”
Ep.03 The Planet 02

“In this incident, someone broke into the space elevator. No substantial damage , no problem with the operation  of the space elevator and its facilities.

20 members of Samurai-Dan who assigned to guard the facility staff were killed by someone.

2 facility researchers are missing.

Facility staffs saw suspicious noises and figures but the perpetrators and their purpose are unknown yet.”

Jin Hijikata throws a look at Harada, the leader of tenth squad to urge him to speak.

“I am Harada, the leader of Samurai-Dan tenth squad, responsible for the role of the patrols to guard the towns and facilities.

20 my team member killed were slaughtered in pieces, they were mainly responsible for security to power house.

One of the missing researcher is from energy department and the other is from cybernetics department.

We already finished investigation at the scene and currently working with leader Lee , the leader of  investigation team fourth squad, to research for missing personnel and clues to the perpetrators.”

Lee Matsubara follows just as Harada finishes speaking.

“Now, there have been no criminal reports from anyone, so we focus on clue, whereabouts of 2 missing researchers and the motive for their disappearance.

In addition, this is the first time that an intruder has been allowed to enter the facility since the establishment of the space elevator, it’s an unprecedented incident.

For this reason, I think it’s imperative that we Samurai-Dan work in cooperation with the Defence Force to investigate the incident and immediately take measures to prevent its recurrence. So I propose to establish the task force of the Defence Force and Samurai-Dan.”

Commander of Defence Force Greg nodded broadly.


“There is no indication that anyone has invaded our borders or airspace now.

We have also found no anomalies in the defenses and radars deployed in each of our district.

Therefore, we can consider both lines of possibility, terrorism by someone within Bell and terrorism from other countries or planets.

It is possible that the intrusion was allowed to take place before the crime was committed.

Our force is primarily a defense organization against other countries and airspace so I have no objection to the establishment the task force with Samurai-Dan, who more domestically based and protects the security of the Bell.”

“I’m a commander of Air Force, Muller. So far no suspicious aircraft have been detected on government or civilian spacecraft or planes entering or leaving our country.

So far no suspicious aircraft have been detected on government or civilian spacecraft or planes entering or leaving our country.

Even with regard to civilian travel into space via the space elevator, we have strict criteria for obtaining passports, making it difficult for the perpetrators of terrorism to infiltrate.

However, it is a fact that they were allowed to enter.

Leave no stone unturned until find them, and we need to take immediate countermeasures.”


“What do you think? Edward. Sogen.”

Takanori Kusunoki asks the heads of both groups to agree.

“Sure thing.”

Edward nods and looks over Greg.

“As you wish.”

Sogen Kondo answer and then order Jin Hijikata.

“Then, Jin. Coordinate with the Defence Force and select the members quickly.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Wait a minute!”

Harada sounds , feels awkward.

“In a domestic incident not directly related to terrorism, there have been a series of incidents in which members of Samurai-Dan have been slashed to death by someone.

The killing method is the same as this terrorist attacks. It’s so similar.

The deceased were cut to pieces relentlessly with sharp blades like katana.

It’s unusual for member of Samurai-Dan to be beaten so severely, even if they are not the in army force. Perhaps there is some connection to this terrorism.”


Lee’s mobile phone, investigation team, cuts through the heavy air.

Jin Hijikata glares at him, as if to tell him to switch it off, but Lee takes the phone without care.


“What’s up?”




All eminent members turn their attention to Lee’s face.

“It’s from Armed Development Unit at headquarters, and they say katana made of steel Hagane has been stolen by someone.”

Lee doesn’t miss the slightly stiffened faces of Takanori Kusunoki, Mikiyasu Goto Edward and Kondo, who can not hide their agitation.

Ep.03 The Planet 02

To be continued next week.


■ 5.Q&A

▽Open to questions for KUDEN and designer Tak▼
We welcome your comments, requests, and questions for KUDEN by TAKAHIRO SATO and designer Takahiro Sato.
We will answer your questions in our weekly mail magazine.
We look forward to hearing from you.Please mention “mail magazine Q&A Section” before sending your question.


Please note in advance that not all questions can necessarily be answered.

Due to the author's busy schedule, Q&A will not be available this week. We will start answering your questions in the next week.

【Ask a question to us】Please mention “mail magazine Q&A Section” before sending your question.


■ 6.Media & Serials and introduction of mail magazine serial-contents


Up-and-coming nFashion Magazine


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Novel「KUDEN Samurai Sword Jam」

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ーー【Introduction of mail magazine contents】ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー
The following is a list of contents that are being serialized in theRinlifemail magazine. The contents will be posted weekly on an irregular basis. Subscribers to the mail magazine can read archived articles on the website.

●What is traditional Japanese culture?|Performing arts, crafts, events, food, clothing, and housing
During the Edo period (1603-1868), many artisans, including woodworkers, moved to Nikko when the Nikko Toshogu Shrine was being built.I was born in such a place, and in my childhood, I had a lot of contact with various artisans. There was a skilled knife smith who lived in the neighborhood where I was born and raised, and he took care of me from a young age and taught me how to forge knives.This experience is the starting point of inspiration for my designs, as I love to make things.Japanese traditional culture. I will introduce the arts, crafts, events, clothing, food, and shelter from a designer's point of view.

The World of Ningyo Joruri Bunraku - a Traditional Japanese Performing Art - Latest article in Vol.002

●KUDEN clothes care point by staff Sena 
Sena, a KUDEN staff member, also handles PR, translation, and voice acting. But within the company, he is known as the ironing master. Sena has always loved ironing and does it before each KUDEN photo shoot, and since KUDEN's clothes have gimmicks and designs not found in other brands, ironing requires a certain knack. This is a care corner by Sena, who receives tips and advice from sewing artisans and concierges.

→"Can wash the Samurai Mode Series at home or not? List" Latest article in Vol.00

●KUDEN History「Live like traveling」
After falling into bankruptcy, falling ill, being separated from my son, and hitting rock bottom, I decided that I create a place where I could work with my disabled son in the future. I decided to start KUDEN with this goal in mind. Through encounters with various people, KUDEN has come to be what it is today. People who want to become fashion designers. People who are interested in how to start a new business in this era, people who like KUDEN's clothes and want to know more about KUDEN. For those who want to get hints for overcoming hardships and adversities, and for those who love children with disabilities, we will weave a memoir of KUDEN's history from its origins to the present.

→KUDEN History「Live like traveling」Part 03 
“Stay in the Philippines: Fatherhood and Management Side”
(Latest article in Vol.006)

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┃K┃U┃D┃E┃N┃【 凛rin life 】
/ Issued March 10, 2023 /