Kimono firm ‘stops operations’ amid chaos

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A kimono service company that ruined Coming-of-Age Day celebrations for women in some parts of the nation has effectively ceased operations, Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd. said Tuesday.

But it has not yet confirmed that Harenohi, the Yokohama-based company, went bankrupt, an official of the private credit research company said.

On Monday, many women in Yokohama were thrown into chaos when they found there were no kimono they had reserved to rent for a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony organized by the city. Those who visited the company’s Yokohama outlet were stunned when they saw a notice posted on the front door: “Harenohi is closed today for reasons.” Some women had to give up attending the once-in-a-lifetime event because no kimono were available.

In Hachioji, western Tokyo, a local police station received complaints from about 100 people about the closure of a Harenohi outlet on the day they had reservations for assistance services for wearing Coming-of-Age Day kimono.

Similar turmoil occurred in Fukuoka, where the company also has an outlet.

Many complaints and angry messages were posted on the internet, too. “I arrived at an event hall at the designated time to wear kimono but found no Harenohi staff member there,” one post said.

On Tuesday, a 44-year-old man from Yokohama said he signed a contract with Harenohi in September last year for purchasing a kimono to be worn by his daughter at a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony in 2019 and receiving dressing and photo services. Although the purchased kimono’s delivery was two years away, he paid about ¥420,000 two days later as demanded by the company.

“Now I think something was wrong with the company as it sought the full payment so soon,” he said. “I want the company to return the money or deliver the kimono.”

The police plan to find out why the company halted its operations, an informed source said.

According to Tokyo Shoko Research, Harenohi’s liabilities amounted to about ¥610 million and its negative net was about ¥320 million as of September 2016.

Established in 2011, the firm opened the Yokohama outlet in July 2012 to start a kimono sales and rental business. Its revenue jumped from ¥35 million in the year through September 2011 to ¥380 million five years later.


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