July 1, 2020
Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs is pleased to announce we have teamed up with Anime Expo Lite to bring you awesome kimono-related video content this Fourth of July weekend! This content will be presented on AX Lite’s Twitch and YouTube channels Friday, July 3 from 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM (PDT) and Saturday, July 4 from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (PDT). After the digital convention is over with, we will be launching this content in our new YouTube channel as well, where we will be working to continuously bring you new digital content!
In addition to this awesome news, in honor of AX, Tangerine Mountain is also bringing you TWO ways to shop with us this weekend! Our next Flash Sale will go live in our Tangerine Mountain Secret Stash facebook group on July 2nd at 6:00 PM (CST). You have to join the group to participate in the sale, so join us at facebook.com/groups/TangerineMountainSecretStash to get in on the fun! And, measured kimono + obi sets will go LIVE here on our webstore at www.TangerineMountain.com/shop on July 3rd, along with other goodies we’ll be adding throughout the weekend!
We hope to see you this weekend for some online convention fun! We hope that you’ve found our little corner of the internet well, and that you are just as excited for the good things we have coming. Be sure to check back here for new additions to our website, new educational resources, new events, and new ways to celebrate cultural exchange through kimono! And in the meantime, please be sure to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TangerineMountain or on Instagram @TangerineKimono for your daily wafuku fix! #DoYouKimono? #YukataDoIt! #KeepCalmKimonoOn
May 25, 2020
Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs has released our “State of the Mountain” address, which is available for viewing below. Thank you to all of our fans, friends, and followers for helping us to survive this Covid-19 crisis. We love you all, and we will continue to fight for you! Please stay healthy and safe! #DoYouKimono? #YukataDoIt! #KeepCalmKimonoOn
March 12, 2020
For the latest information regarding show and education event cancellations due to Covid-19, please visit the Convention Schedule section of our website, and look for announcements on facebook.com/TangerineMountain. Stay safe everyone, and #KeepCalmKimonoOn.
Dec 18, 2019
Tangerine Mountain is pleased to announce our appearance on “The Princess and the B,” the hit Crown Yourself™ podcast series. The podcast’s host, Kimberly Spencer, is an award-winning high performance coach, Amazon bestselling author, wife, momma, personal development junkie, and the founder of CrownYourself.com, with a successful 10-year track record as a business owner. Each week, Kimberly and her guests share actionable tips, tools, and easy-to-implement advice for you to master your productivity, happiness, wealth, health, motivation, creativity, love, contribution, fulfillment, freedom, and personal growth. In this episode, we discuss:
- Why do people develop a passion for kimono? (5:00)
- What is (and isn’t) cultural appropriation? (9:15)
- How does Japanese art influence western impressionists? (13:30)
- What are the challenges of sourcing the product into the country? (23:40)
- How do you build resilience when facing difficulties? (34:00)
- Why is your perspective in dealing with problems important to find a solution? (37:30)
- What is a zone of genius? (40:00)
- Why naming a company after an experience a good idea? (47:00)
- How can you teach through experience and interaction? (50:00)
Based in the suburbs of Chicago, kimono sisters Cheri and Teri travel the USA to 30+ events and expos per year. Through their business, Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs, they engage in cultural exchange through teaching about kimono and making authentic wafuku, or Japanese traditional clothing, available to the public.
To listen to this episode, please go to: Episode 69: Finding and Climbing Your Own Tangerine Mountain, or seek out episode 69 of “The Princess and the B” wherever you prefer to download your podcasts.
Nov 19, 2019
Kimono Though Time: Traveling Kimono Exhibition comes to the Holiday Folk Fair International
MILWAUKEE, WI – Special exhibits and displays will once again play an important role in the 76th annual Holiday Folk Fair International, America’s premiere multi-cultural festival, to be held Fri., Nov. 22 – Sun., Nov. 24, 2019, at the State Fair Park Exposition Center at in West Allis, Wisconsin. As such, Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs, the largest importer of vintage Japanese garments to the United States, has been invited to support the cultural exchange efforts of the 2019 Holiday Folk Fair International through a special presentation of their traveling kimono exhibition: Kimono Through Time.
Among the numerous exhibits highlighting world cultures, Tangerine Mountain’s “Kimono Through Time,” will feature over twenty-five “wafuku,” or articles of Japanese clothing, that have been directly imported from Japan. The exhibit will identify antique to modern pieces, while highlighting aspects such as seasonality, motif, color coordination, and representation in modern and popular culture. The purpose of the exhibit is to engage the public in cultural exchange through kimono, and engaging Folk Fair attendees in unique educational opportunities by providing direct access to authentic materials.
Tangerine Mountain will also host a booth in the Holiday Folk Fair Marketplace, where attendees will be able to learn how to wear kimono in traditional and modern ways, and have the opportunity to purchase authentic kimono for themselves.
Holiday Folk Fair International Address and Hours of Operation are:
State Fair Park Exposition Center
8200 West Greenfield Avenue
West Allis, Wisconsin 53214
Friday, Nov. 22: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.;
Saturday, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.;
Sunday, Nov. 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sun.
Advance tickets can be purchased for $10 through Thursday, Nov. 21, at the International Institute of Wisconsin, 1110 N. Old World Third St., Suite 420 in Milwaukee; and by phone (414-225-6225 or 1-800-FAIR-INTL); fax (414-225-6235); or on-line at www.folkfair.org. In addition to the individual tickets, family four-packs are available for $36. Admission at the gate will be $14 for adults; $8 for children ages 6 to 12; children under the age of five will be admitted at no charge. Those 62 and over will be admitted for $10, and all military personnel with a military ID card will be admitted free.
For more information on the 2019 Holiday Folk Fair International, visit www.folkfair.org.
October 19, 2019
Come see Tangerine Mountain at the Japan House Fall Open House
October 19 | 11am – 5pm
Guest Lecturers Cheri Santellano and Teri Noto will be hosting a FREE presentation at 1pm, discussing their business’ origins, their special ties to Japan House, and their mission to engage in cultural exchange through kimono. See kimono on exhibit from their private collection, and the Japan House interns modeling pieces in a kimono fashion show! No tickets required, but seating is limited, so come early!
The Tangerine Mountain pop-up shop will be right outside Japan House from 11am – 5pm, with beautiful and unique imported kimono and other items from Japan. Cash and credit card accepted.
During the open House, guests can visit Japan House anytime from 11am to 5pm to see the facility, walk the gardens, watch or participate in a tea ceremony, and view the ikebana arrangements.
The presentation and entrance into Fall Open House are free and open to all. No reservations required. However, tickets are required to attend a tea ceremony. Reserve your tickets here – https://bit.ly/30NtaFS
June 14, 2019
Dear Friends and Customers of Tangerine Mountain,
My name is Cheri Santellano, and I am the president and founder of Tangerine Mountain. This morning it has been brought to my attention that hurtful defamation regarding who we are and what we do is yet again being spread. Unfortunately, these lies have once again made the jump from verbal statements to writing; and as such, Team Tangerine again feels the need to defend our good name and correct the lies being spread about us.
This morning, a statement made publicly by a convention attendee on the ColossalCon public forum stated, “Tangerine Mountain was at Colossal. But Ohio Kimono is better. No fake shit or re sell from Rag Stock.” While troubling enough on its own, this statement also shows that some of the content of the original defamatory statements made in writing by the proprietress of Ohio Kimono from 2016-2017 are still being shared by other parties that were not involved in that situation, and being spread as truth.
We believe that everyone should be able to support any business of their choosing, but that does not give people the right to spread hurtful lies. Stating that we sell “fake shit” is both false and ridiculous, and stating that we “resell from Rag Stock” is also false and ridiculous, especially given that our photographic evidence of receiving kimono in 20 foot cargo containers straight from Japan has been aired repeatedly on TV Tokyo in Japan.
To further set the record straight, at the end of this statement we will be sharing the original, lawfully published retraction that came as a result of our successful legal action against previous, similar lies. We have no desire to drudge up the past, but we feel this is a necessary step to take. We maintain the right to defend our business and good name through any reasonable means necessary, which is our goal in addressing this unfortunate situation today.
As our loyal customers know, we have always imported our vintage kimono and kimono accessory stock directly from Japan. We have traveled to Japan at least twice a year to ensure that we are current with kimono trends and to build additional relationships with suppliers. We do so to ensure that our actions are supported by and in turn support the Japanese community here and abroad. Today, we are proud to say that despite the defamation against us, our company has grown and flourished in ways we could not have even imagined at our inception. Our convention appearances have multiplied, and we have brought cultural programming to Japanese cultural institutions and to the convention circuit. We are the only kimono company in the USA to have been featured on prime-time Japanese television for our efforts. We are the only American business to have been selected for participation in the prestigious Kimono Salone Nihombashi, the premiere kimono expo in Tokyo. And, we continue to work with cultural institutions to bring kimono exhibitions, events, and programming to any and all throughout the country who wish to have access to authentic materials, collections, and education about kimono. Though our company started in a basement with a dream, our small family business has grown to a 3,000 square foot facility with the resources and connections necessary to spread our love of Japan and dedication to cultural exchange through kimono throughout the United States.
We would not have been able to get to this point if it were not for the love and support of our family, friends, customers, fellow vendors, convention staff, and partners with whom we do business. We want to take this moment to reassure those who brought this matter to our attention that we will not let such things stop or deter us from our mission, and we thank you for bringing this to our attention.
For further questions regarding this matter, or to report similar instances of such situations occurring, we encourage you to reach out to us directly at [email protected]
To Whom It May Concern,
You are receiving this letter because you have either had direct contact with me regarding the material contained herein, or have indirectly been the recipient of this information. The purpose of this letter is to inform you that over a period of time in 2016 and 2017 I made false statements to other people regarding Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs, its owner, and associates.
These include, but are not limited to, statements that Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs, its owner, and associates are uneducated about their product, lie to their customers, engage in unethical business practices, harass me and other vendors, engage in unwanted physical contact, violently injure convention personnel, sell bootleg material, and steal from other vendors. I had no factual basis to make any of these false statements and, with this letter, I fully retract them.
I further acknowledge that my false statements have harmed the reputation of Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs, its owners, its associates, and that these statements have possibly influenced your opinion of Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs, its owners, and associates. I also acknowledge that these false statements have had the potential to irreparably harm Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs’ ability to conduct regular and peaceful business through its participation at conventions, expos, festivals, and trade shows through which its owner makes her living. I have sincerely apologized to Tangerine Mountain Imports & Design, its owner, and associates for making these false statements. It is my intention that this full retraction restores all faith in the fair and peaceful operations of Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs, its owner, and associates.
It is my intention through this retraction to correct any misperception regarding Tangerine Mountain Imports & Design, its owner, and associates, and to have taken the necessary action to preserve the reputation of both of our businesses with respect to the conventions, festivals, events, and people with whom we do business. If you have any further questions about this retraction, I request that you reach out to Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs or its attorney directly through the means provided below. Thank you for your prompt attention and anticipated cooperation in these matters.
May 14, 2018
On May 14, 2018, the exciting collaboration between Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs (みかん山) and Kimono Ontsukasa Kanda (きもの御司神田) was featured on TVTokyo’s Japanese Prime Time hit, “YOUは何しに日本へ？”
During a return trip to Japan in February of this year, the founders and staff of Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs were approached by the TV crew of “YOUは何しに日本へ？”. During the filming, the staff and crew discussed how business has grown since みかん山’s first appearance on the program, and the exciting custom kimono collaboration with きもの御司神田 that has since begun.
We are extremely grateful to the role that TVTokyo and “YOUは何しに日本へ？” has played in bringing our businesses together for this collaboration, and we are excited to see what this additional exposure will do for our mutual efforts to engage in cultural exchange through kimono will bring. Be sure to keep checking Tangerine Mountain’s Facebook page and website in the coming months for further updates on this collaboration, as well as other exciting initiatives we are currently pursuing.
May 1, 2018
On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs (みかん山) and Kimono Ontsukasa Kanda (きもの御司神田) began their exclusive sales “collaboration” for high-end custom-made Kimono to become available for the first time in the USA.
Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs is currently the largest importer of vintage Wafuku (Japanese traditional clothing) to the United States, and was featured on TVTokyo’s famous prime time television program “YOUは何しに日本へ?” on October 30, 2017 and May 14, 2018. Selling over 7,000 Kimono and Obi sets annually, Tangerine Mountain is constantly working to engage in cultural exchange through Kimono with people in the United States by organizing educational sessions to teach others about Kimono history, dressing, and construction; as well as selling Kafuku at events around the country. They also support various groups and cultural organizations dedicated to education about Japanese culture through Kimono donations that help support those organizations’ efforts to engage the public in traditional Japanese culture awareness activities.
“Kimono Ontsukasa Kanda” (きもの御司神田) is a long-established, high-class Kimono specialty shop, established by Mitsujiro Kanda in the Kaonji-city, Kagawa prefecture in 1919. Through this unique and unprecedented collaboration between the two businesses, they will be able to deliver high-quality custom Kimono made in Japan quickly and without a linguistic barrier to customers of Kimono fans throughout the USA; and for the first time ever, American customers will have the opportunity to participate in the custom Kimono tradition.
Through our collaboration, each of our companies we will each other’s strengths, and aim to engage in cultural exchange through Kimono to ensure the future of the Kimono through the next generation and international market.
For further information about this collaboration, please contact us directly at [email protected], or via the “inquiry” button on each custom kimono listing in our webstore.
February 12, 2018
Tangerine Mountain to work with Harajuku Designer to bring more J-Fashion to the USA
Tangerine Mountain was honored to have the opportunity to meet with noted fashion designer Anri Sato, famous textile artist Misao Tsubaki, and Harajuku designer Chie Yamada of “Chatty Hatty,” in Shibuya on their latest trip.
Anri Sato-san has been designing cutting-edge fashions for decades, which has been seen on runways and fashion shows along side some of the best designs in Paris, France. His designs often incorporate upcycled kimono fabrics, which he has used to thrill international audiences by creating “kimono remake” haute couture. Misao Tsubaki-san, wife of Sato-san, is an internationally famous textile and fiber artist, whose works grace the walls of museums around the world. To Tsubaki-san, the upcycled fabrics she uses to create her works are like pigments with which she “paints” abstract, tactile, and captivating works of art. Designer Chie Yamada-san has studied under Anri Sato-san for years, becoming inspired by his works and current J-Fashion trends, to create intricate and visually intoxicating hats, Lolita-style dresses, and fun fashion-forward accessories that appeal to the modern generation. Her designs can be found in fashion shows and exhibitions throughout Tokyo, as well as in boutiques in Harajuku’s main fashion street, Takeshita-Dori. They are also been available for purchase, in Japan only, through her website, www.chatty-hatty.com.
Tangerine Mountain’s staff was honored to meet with such a prestigious group of designers, and were thrilled to engage in cultural exchange with them through their mutual love of Japanese fashion. In meeting with this group, Tangerine Mountain hoped they could work together to welcome in a new generation of creative design that would further their cultural exchange efforts between Japan and the United States. As a result of this meeting, Tangerine Mountain and Chatty Hatty have agreed to a collaboration that will bring Yamada-san’s J-Fashion designs inspired by kimono, lolita, kawaii, and other fashion movements to the US; starting with availability that will be coming soon to Tangerine Mountain’s online store. It is our mutual goal to bring J-Fashion more meaningfully to the USA through collaborative fashion shows and educational programming, while at the same time giving Tangerine Mountain’s American customer base an easy and affordable way to participate in the larger J-Fashion world.
Tangerine Mountain is excited and honored by the opportunity to forge new relationships with J-Fashion designers, and is looking forward to the many opportunities they will have to share a wider variety of J-Fashion with their fans and customers in the United States. Be sure to keep checking their Facebook page and website, www.TangerineMountain.com, in the coming months for further updates on this collaboration, as well as other exciting initiatives.
February 7, 2018
The staff of Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs was thrilled to meet with kimono educator and celebrated author Sheila Cliffe, and discuss the future of kimono in Japan, the USA.
A certified kimono dresser and enthusiast, Miss Cliffe is known for creative kitsuke and finding balance between the historical rules of wearing kimono and the current modernity of the kimono-wearing climate. According to the Japan Times, her most recent book, “The Social Life of Kimono” celebrates, “the power grab by young people and the internet out of the hands of the kimono establishment.” As such, Miss Cliffe wears kimono everyday, engages in written discourse on kimono through various outlets, and helps support independent projects, such as Akira Time’s kimono art book entitled “The Wafuku Anarchist,” in an effort to keep kimono relevant as new styles and interpretations of wearing are created and cater to today’s modern world.
To read the Japan Times article referenced in this announcement, please click here. Cliffe’s book, “The Social Life of Kimono,” can be purchased on Amazon here. To purchase your copy of “The Wafuku Anarchist,” please contact us directly at [email protected], or visit our booth at one of our upcoming events.
February 4, 2018
Special Announcement: Tangerine Mountain to meet with Wheelchair Kimono Designer Asakura Sanae
Tangerine Mountain is excited to announce our meeting with Wheelchair Kimono Designer Asakura Sanae, of Tsukuba Ibaraki. After seeing Tangerine Mountain founder Cheri Santellano appear wearing yukata while in a wheelchair on the Japanese Prime Time TV hit, “YOUは何しに日本へ?,” Asakura-san was inspired to reach out to Tangerine Mountain to share her inclusive kimono designs.
Asakura-san was inspired to create her innovative “Wheelchair Kimono” thanks to her ageing grandmother, for whom she wanted to create fashionable kimono that could be easily and comfortably put on while using a wheelchair. From that time forward, Asakura-san has participated in numerous wheelchair exhibitions, and in collaboration with wheelchair users, doctors, prosthetists, caregivers, etc., she has started her own line of fashionable kimono garments that highlight the natural beauty of people with disabilities through kimono, while at the same time seeing to the unique needs and comfort of those wearing her creations.
Winner of the “Good Design Award 2015,” and later featured on NHK and Japan TBS Radio, Asakura-san is dedicated to creating “barrier-free fashion.” As fellow entrepreneurs that are dedicated to cultural exchange, accessibility, and inclusivity through kimono; Tangerine Mountain is honored to meet with Asakura-san and explore how we can help share these inclusive garments with their fans and customers in the United States.
For more information about Asakura-san’s designs, please see her website at: www.asusakura.jp/kimonos
February 1, 2018
Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs to appear again on TV Tokyo Prime Time Hit “YOUは何しに日本へ!”
After only a few moments on ground in Japan, and we were delighted to be greeted by old and new friends. The TangerineMountain (みかん山) staff would like to say a very heartfelt, “どうもありがとうございました!!” to all our friends at YOUは何しに日本へ and TVTokyo for following up with us on our kimono business adventures, and for being the vehicle through which we have been able to engage in even more cultural exchange through kimono. Please check back for airing dates, and for more updates on our exciting initiatives.
January 27, 2018
Collaboration Announced: Luxury Line of Custom Kimono, Hand-Crafted in Japan: Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs (みかん山) is proud to announce a new collaboration with kimono house きもの御司神田 (Kimono Ontsukasa Kanda), and the upcoming launch of their new custom-kimono line, available soon for order at www.TangerineMountain.com.
きもの御司神田 (Kimono Ontsukasa Kanda) is a family-owned, custom kimono business that was originally founded by Mitsujiro Kanda in 1919. For nearly 100 years, the Kanda family has passed the business from generation to generation, dedicating themselves to creating beautiful custom-tailored kimono for their customers. Sourcing their fabrics and kimono materials directly from Kyoto, Kimono Ontsukasa Kanda has been working hard to expand its reach with the goal of bringing the beauty of fashion and culture.
Since their inceptions, both businesses have been proud to serve their customers with the highest quality wafuku possible. To accomplish their shared goals, Kimono Otsukasa Kanda reached out to Tangerine Mountain, and both businesses have been working for months on a collaboration that will allow Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs to become the first and only kimono business in the United States to offer a “Luxury Line” of custom-tailored, hand-crafted, silk kimono, utilizing traditional methods, through きもの御司神田.
In order to finalize details and the launch date of this new product line, Tangerine Mountain’s staff will be travelling to meet with the staff of きもの御司神田 during its upcoming trip to Japan, scheduled January 31 – February 10, 2018.
To stay up-to-date regarding this launch date, as well as other exciting initiatives and collaborations in progress, please refer to announcements made on wwwTangerineMountain.com and the company’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TangerineMountain. Inquiries can be made directly to Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs at [email protected]
(Pictured below: Koichiro and Misato Kanda, owners of きもの御司神田)
October 31, 2018
So exciting! Thanks to TVTokyo’s smash prime time TV hit, “YOUは何しに日本へ?, Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs (みかん山) is hitting Japanese web news, and Japanese people are taking to Twitter to voice their support for us spreading our love of kimono in the USA!
Thank you to everyone who has sent us kind messages of support! Please know that we are getting back to everyone as we are able, and your encouraging words give us such strength and happiness! Thank you so much!
October 30, 2018
Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs (みかん山) has appeared for the first time on TVTokyo’s prime time Japanese TV hit, “YOUは何しに日本へ?”
This past September, the founders of Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs (also known as みかん山) were approached by the television crew of “YOUは何しに日本へ?” ( “Why did YOU come to Japan?”) as they arrived in Japan at Narita Airport. During this encounter, they discussed how Tangerine Mountain came to be, how kimono are loved in the United States, and what founders Theresa Noto and Cheryl Santellano were planning to do on their trip to Japan. The sisters shared that they were making a pilgrimage of sorts to Mount Kōya (高野山, Kōya-san), as they named their business after a special moment that occurred there many years ago.
For more information regarding the start of Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs, please see their website’s “About Us” page at: https://www.tangerinemountain.com/about-us/. For a written copy of Tangerine Mountain’s appearance on “YOUは何しに日本へ?”, please visit: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/youhananishini/backnumber/171030.html.
October 20, 2018
Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs to be featured on “Critically Absurd TV.”
Tangerine Mountain will appear on “Critically Absurd TV,” a web TV publication based in West Virginia. Through the show, Critically Absurd TV’s mission is to engage with and, “educate the community in gaming, comics, TV, movies, and to also explore the lives of those in the topics we cover.” While at an event in West Virginia, the staff of Tangerine Mountain were approached by the crew, and asked to do a kimono dressing demonstration, discuss the founding of their business, and discuss the differences between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange as it pertains to sharing kimono with the USA.
For more information or to view the interview, please visit Critically Absurd TV’s page here: https://www.facebook.com/CATVShow/videos/536111240076533/?t=51
September 15, 2018
Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs is excited to announce that we will be making our first appearance on Japanese Prime Time TV later this year!
While making their way to the mountain after which they named their business, Tangerine Mountain founders Cheri and Teri encountered the crew for TVTokyo’s hit “YOUは何しに日本へ？” (“Why did YOU come to Japan?”. Hosted by the comedy duo known as “Bananaman,” this program follows foreigners through Japan’s airports, streets, beaches, festivals, and other exciting locals in order to discover why each individual is making their unique journey to Japan. Narrated by Nigerian-born TV personality Bobby Ologun, the program has featured encounters with celebrities, including British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, American former baseball player Leron Lee, professional wrestler Bob Sapp, and others.
The crew for “YOUは何しに日本へ？” will document Cheri and Teri’s journey through Japan, as they make their way to Mount Kōya (高野山, Kōya-san), as they named their business after a special moment that occurred there many years ago. Broadcast date to be announced soon.