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Pure Blue Japan XX-012 Restocked!

We are happy to announce the long awaited restock of all sizes in the XX-012, in both One Wash and Raw! The XX-012 is a beautiful pair of Deep Indigo Slim Tapered jeans, being made possible by a combination of both Indigo Warps and Wefts. Using the signature blue selvedge ID line, and the color matched blue thread chainstitching throughout make this one of our favorite pairs. And not only...

Daikanyama T-Site - The best bookstore on Earth

Although not the most well-known, Daikanyama easily beats out many other populated districts in Tokyo with its chic inhabitants, modern architecture, and spacious (by Japan’s standards) streets. Just a train stop away from it, Daikanyama is more relaxed and upscale than Shibuya. Luxury boutiques line the hilly streets, cafes can be found on every corner, and tasteful shops and restaurants are in abundance for any and all occasions.  While the shops and boutiques praise minimalist and...

Pure Blue Japan Deep Indigo Selvedge Jacket & Indigo Dyed Henley Tee

With no shortage of releases for the upcoming F/W '14-'15 season, PBJ has a whole range of surprises. Following suit with their ongoing Deep Indigo program, the Deep Indigo Selvedge Jacket. The jacket comes in at a comfortable 13oz. weight, heavy enough to wear as a jacket, but not overbearing in weight or coarseness of the fabric. Pure Blue Japan have been delving deeper and deeper into the foray of...

Uniqlo x Pure Blue Japan apparent "collaboration"

Over the past few days, the internet in the realm of raw selvedge denim has blown up over this apparent Uniqlo x Pure Blue Japan "collaboration". If the quotation marks on collaboration were not enough to make it obvious, this is not a collaboration by any means of the word. This much has been made clear now, and if you would like more commentary about the actual collection and opinions...

Momotaro Shirts from A/W '14

We just received our first shipment from several pieces of the A/W '14 Collection from Momotaro Jeans. The Momotaro brand has come a very long way from 2006 when they first launched, and the biggest developments and progression in the shirting collection has been without a doubt, fit. Fit has constantly been updated, and while we are never afraid to admit and point out to producers when certain garments fit...

New Items in this Week : August 11-16

This week we had a whole new range of product come online as new releases drop from brands like Japan Blue. The shorts above are supreme in quality and classic in style. Something you can bring out to rock every summer, these shorts fit nice, while also serving the nerd in us that is yearning for some Selvedge. Each pair has a unique fabric, and three of the four pairs...

Outfit of the Day in July

Hot does not begin to describe the weather out in Japan this summer. Sweltering is a more apt word to describe the heat. So with that, we have mostly been hanging out in shorts, desperate for air conditioning. But mixing some pants in for the breezy evenings is always fun, and this month we bring you our favorite look for the summer.  Starting from the ground up, we chose to...

Free Worldwide Shipping, Always

We are really excited to announce that we now offer Free Worldwide Shipping to any country that the services we ship with from Japan are willing to go till. As we are growing, the scale of our dispatched packages have increased and we have developed relationships with several carriers that allow us to ship to places we previously could not.  For our respected clientele who have been shopping with us...

Outfit of the Day in January

January has been cold to say the least, not only for us in Japan, but surely in many parts of the world. We are still trying to figure out what a polar vortex is to be honest, not to joke about the drastic weather situations in the United States for example. So in order to stay warm, what better protection than a heavy weight Naval Peacoat by The Real McCoy's....

Outfit of the Day in November

The month's Outfit of the Day brings us to some warmer gear, as the winter is very close here in Japan. Pulling out some new additions to our online selection for this month's outfit, we have here some new pieces. The Momotaro 8oz. Selvedge Cuff Shirt is a beautiful 8oz. Selvedge Indigo fabric that uses the Selvedge ID in a very unique design aesthetic. The large buttons pair perfect with...

New Items in this Week : Nov. 4 - 10

Amongst managing a bunch of new F/W '13 products and brands that will be coming up online to our webstore in the coming weeks, we have a few standard products from the Momotaro Jeans brand that we have recently landed in our stock. The Copper Label series, have a few models within the range that we have not carried until now. They include the G019-MB, the G014-MB and the G017-MB....

Outfit of the Day in October

We were expecting to break out our leather and down jackets by this time this year, but the cold weather has surprisingly yet to hit us in these parts of Japan. We are not complaining though, as the pleasant weather allows us to thoroughly enjoy the outdoors.  Given the consistent pleasant weather, the Outfit of the Day this month does not include any outerwear that would be otherwise expected in...

Okayama Denim AMA on Reddit.com

On August 26th at 7pm Eastern, we will be hosting a special AMA (Ask Me Anything) live thread on Reddit.com in their Male Fashion Advice section. We will be answering questions for several hours regarding Japanese denim, Made in Japan product, and other denim related questions that any of you may have! We cordially would like to invite all of you that have any unanswered questions regarding denim, or simply...

National Holidays in Japan

Every year in the middle of August, Japan has a week of national holidays during a time known as お盆 (Obon). The Obon, or Bon tradition is a period or honoring the forefathers and ancestors of one's own family. Although in more recent years Obon has become more of an opportunity to travel for Japanese people, and international ticket rates soar during the period. But many people still return to their respective hometown's...

Flat Seam Stitch Machine Video

In this short clip, a Japanese craftsmen shows us the technique of using a vintage Union Special sewing machine to create a Flat Seam stitch, often found in Cut and Sewn pieces like premium T-shirts and Hooded Sweatshirts (an example can be seen in our Tops section). In a very basic explanation, a Flat Seam stitch is essentially putting two pieces of fabric together without overlapping the two pieces and stitching...

Caring for your Raw Denim

Step 1 : Pre-Soak Prep Please be aware that with a lukewarm soak, your raw denim is bound to shrink about 2 inches (5cm) in the Waist and Inseam, about 1/2 inch (1.3cm) in the Rise, Thigh, Leg Opening. To ensure that your denim will shrink as desired, make sure that all the buttons are closed. Some enthusiasts even tie a thin rope around the waist through the belt loops...

Momotaro Jeans Video

Although this video has been out for a while now, and the voice over is so generic it's hilarious, this is one of the most informative videos about Momotaro Jeans out there. Enjoy!

The JB0409 Pants by Japan Blue

So if you have read the product description of the new JB0409 pants we just added by Japan Blue, you can deduce that they are an amazing fit and come in three different colors. But the fabric - what exactly is High Count Pique? Pique is created using a certain production method for cotton to create a fabric with raised geometrical shapes, most commonly squares. So as we know from other fabrics like bed sheets, etc., High...

Outfit of the Day in July

A tad late with this post, but better late than never!? So for most of you reading this, you are experiencing the same summer heat in your respective country that we are going through in Japan. It is hot, humid, and not really ideal weather for some 14oz denim jeans at all. Hence, this month we decided to mix it up a little bit with some easy, breezy summer time...

Meal of the Month in July

If you have ever visited Japan in the Summer, you know there are a couple fruits to really look out for. Watermelon is absolutely delicious and is a great relief from the sumer heat, but nothing beats the couple months of June and July that Japanese peaches (Momo in Japanese) hit the market. They are particularly sweet, have a beautiful consistency through the flesh, and are larger than their American...

New Items in this Week : July 22 - 28

With the summer heating up, everyone needs a fancy tee or two for those nights out on the town. Do it in style with these new Indigo Dyed Tees coming by way of Pure Blue Japan this summer! The first is a new design by combining two existing indigo dyed fabrics in the current Pure Blue Japan collection to create a new designs altogether. The Indigo Dyed Border Tee uses a solid blue indigo...

Chinos for the Summer - JB0450

Amongst some other new additions to our Japan Blue line-up, we just got a full restock of the JB0450. Cut from 9.5oz Slub Chino Selvedge fabric, the pants feature a Tapered fit that is slim in the top block, has a medium rise, comfortable thigh area, and begins to taper from the lower thigh all the way down to the leg opening. The fabric is dyed using a special machine called...

Momotaro Vintage Label 0201 Fades

Denny Prilendi from Indonesia really likes his raw denim. His passion comes through on this pair of Vintage Label 0201s he has been wearing for the past 1.5 years. He was happy to share his daily pair (he wears them seven days a week!) with us. Washes: After 6months of wear - 1st Wash by Machine In 7th Month - Sea Wash in salt water From the 8th Month washed...

Free Giveaway : Momotaro Climbing Hook

Momotaro Jeans hooked us up with a bunch of these exclusive climbing hooks in red and black last week. The hooks were produced as a promotional run only and will not be made available for retail. But for our customers, we will be giving away one hook for every order of Momotaro Jeans placed at OkayamaDenim.com.  *Offer is available through the month of May and will be limited while supplies...

New Wabash Shirts by Momotaro

Indigo Discharge Dyeing (or Wabash in Japanese) refers to the process of creating patterns and prints on a fabric base that is dyed in Indigo. The phrase discharge dyeing is almost an oxymoron, because the process by which a Wabash print is created is actually not dyeing but removing parts of the already dyed indigo fabric to create a pattern or print. The base indigo dyed fabric goes through an...

Momotaro Jeans Video

This video explanation by the manufacturer takes a close look at the popular Going to Battle Label by Momotaro Jeans. The fabric specialist from Momotaro explains the construction of the jeans, the hardware and fabric used, and the concept of the brand. A must watch for any Momotaro or denim fan.            

Thank the YEN!

  Don't Thank Us, Thank the YEN! As many of you who are familiar with shopping from Japan may have seen, the Dollar-Yen Exchange rate has significantly changed over the course of the last few months. Our retail prices follow the exchange rate because the items we sell are all Made in Japan. So as the Yen has weakened against the Dollar very recently (Yesterday the Yen was at 96...

Coming Soon : Japan Blue

Coming soon to the roster of brands at OkayamaDenim.com is the COLLECT mills' house brand, Japan Blue. The label was started in 2010 in Kojima for the purpose of providing jeans with clean, modern silhouettes using high quality original denim fabric. The reception has been positive especially in the international market, and Japan Blue jeans can already be found in many boutiques around the world. We will be carrying all...

Outfit of the Day in February

  Being as cold as it is in Central Japan this time of year, the Outfit of the Day in February is all about staying warm. And there is one brand outside Japan that is just doing wonders with its outerwear. That company is Canada Goose, and pictured above is a model called the Camp Lodge Hoody. Now to what we know best, the denim! The jeans this month are...

New PBJ Waistband Leather Patches

Many denimheads know that back in 2007, Levi's slapped a number of lawsuits on many Japanese Repro brands including, Sugar Cane, Studio D'Artisan, Iron Heart and Samurai amongst others. Another company that was forced to make subtle changes to their design is Pure Blue Japan. PBJ jeans were made featuring a Blue Tab on the back right pocket since their inception around 1997, until 2007 when they along with the aforementioned...

Shipping Free to ANY address!!

We are happy to announce that from today through till the end of February, we will be offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING for anyone purchasing from OkayamaDenim.com! Checkout Code : 213ODS *Valid Feb. 14th - 28th

New Items in this Week : Jan 28 - Feb 3

This week, we have a couple new items available via our online web store from the Momotaro Jeans brand.  With the brand constantly trying to perfect fit and create jeans that are ideal for the modern man, a new silhouette for F/W '13 was just released last month to provide a new "slim, but comfortable" cut titled the 0205SP. These jeans have a middle/regular rise and are a true slim...