Shu-Ha-Ri obi belt – yugureshi (brown)


Shuhari Belts are a tool that men can use to express their individuality in the post-necktie age.

Each item is made from unused vintage silk obi sashes with gold thread inserts.
Each design is unique and unrepeatable.
Shuhari Belts are handmade on a natural tan leather back and are reversible.

Yugure-shi Design features:

Width: 32mm
Holes: 7 @ 1″ (25mm)
Length: 960mm (we might be able to customize the length according to availability, please enquire)
The present item is marked 1/6 (belt#1 out of an obi sash that allows the manufacture of 6 items.)
All items from this obi have a similar color palette but are each one unique in its design.

“Yugureshi” contains the words for “twilight, crepuscle” and poem.
Well do not dig too deep into the concept behind the naming … but concede to me that sunrays and sakura are – no doubt – perfect ingredients for a poem.
Orange, coral, and white sakura flowers stand on the metallic brown background as if they were lit by the last rays of the sun.
The design features an almost full weft of golden thread in different textures but also for this uniformity, this belt is probably one of the easiest to coordinate.
Casual or formal, Yugureshi will be unmistakably the perfect choice.

All Shuhari belts come together with a complimentary pouch and a pauwlonia wooden box.
Shipping worldwide with EMS-certified airmail is included.
Let us know if it is for a gift. We will make it special!

Welcome to the world of Shu-Ha-Ri belts!
(see below for the story behind the product)

Shuhari belts are made with vintage (unused) obi sashes, cut, and couple them with non-chrome 100% natural leather in order to create 32mm wide, 900~1100mm long belts. Depending on the design, we may be able to manufacture up to 1250mm long belts, please enquire.

The belts are adjustable (cut and clamp) and have 7 holes. The buckle is reversible so you can also use the black leather side.

“SHU-HA-RI KIMONO BELTS” are very sturdy and practical: wear a suit, with jeans or color pants.
The designs are colorful and intricate, but as it is a small surface, it can really be coordinated with any style and adds a Japanese twist and your original identity even to the most unsophisticated wear.

The obi are characterized by a custom and non-repetitive weaving structure: therefore when they are cut to make belts, all the threads in the back of the fabric need to be locked.
The belts are hand-manufactured one by one in Kobe Japan.

The belts come in a limited and numbered series of 6-7 pieces and are inserted in a matching pouch. This is then stored in a paulownia wood (traditionally used to store clothes for its humidity control and insect repelling properties)

As mentioned below, 10% of the funds will be used to order one or more new obi to be manufactured with the traditional technique in Nishijin – Kyoto.

All Shu-Ha-Ri belts are 32mm wide and can be used for formal wear as well as with Jeans and are definitely not too wide to be used by ladies as well.
When you place your order, verify the length – which is intended from the tip of the buckle to the center hole.
For a perfect fit, you can cut few inches with normal scissors from the tail of the belt and easily snap it back in the buckle`s clamp.
If you need it longer, try to ask if we can make one similar to fit your size.

Finally, you can adjust with the 7 holes at 1″ pitch.

For the tip of the belt we offer 3 design variations:
(you can order upon availability of the same obi sash material)

– flat
– pointed (like an arrow)
– pointed – asymmetrical (like a japanese katana)

There is no cost difference so choose your favorite.




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Shuhari is a Japanese concept which describes the stages of learning to mastery,
It is cross-disciplinary and is at the core of martial arts, tea ceremony, ikebana, noh theater, ‘GO’ and basically any for of art that is also meant as a channel for self-discovery.

Shuhari roughly translates to “protect”,  “breach”, “detach”: as in “follow the rules, break the rules, transcend the rules”.

Shu-ha-ri can be decomposed in 3 kanjis (from wikipedia):

shu (守) “protect”, “obey”—traditional wisdom—learning fundamentals, techniques, heuristics, proverbs.
ha (破) “detach”, “digress”—breaking with tradition—detachment from the illusions of self, to break with tradition – to find exceptions to traditional wisdom, to find new approaches. In some styles of Japanese music (gagaku and noh), it is also the middle of the song.
ri (離) “leave”, “separate”—transcendence—there are no techniques or proverbs, all moves are natural, becoming one with spirit alone without clinging to forms; transcending the physical – there is no traditional technique or wisdom, all movements are allowed.

“Shu-Ha-Ri kimono belts” are a new development of Japanese traditional obi: the belt always used when wearing a kimono.


Who and why

I am an italian born architect, living in Japan for 25 years.
I am also the largest exporter of japanese wooden bathtubs with over 1000 units exported worldwide in 20 years.
As you can imagine, I love Japan and am very passionate about Japanese culture.

Traditional crafts related to housing and construction are endangered and in the past 10 years, I ran 6 crowdfunding campaigns for salvaging and relocating buildings,  promoting awareness about forestry, ecology, and traditional woodcrafts.

But all Japanese crafts are interconnected as they belong to the same aesthetic realm, the same harmonious lifestyle that characterized Edo period Japan.

Recently I am deepening my connections among the traditional wear crafts: the mesmerizing world on KIMONO!
If any, this sector is even more endangered than other types of Japanese crafts because the protagonists are rapidly aging and there is no new generation ready to receive their inheritance.

With the “SHU-HA-RI KIMONO BELTS”  project I intend to bring awareness towards a world of life mastery and technical excellence that stands behind the design and manufacture of OBI sashes used with traditional kimonos.

The biggest enemy of traditional crafts is “museumification”.
With the “SHU-HA-RI KIMONO BELTS” my aim is to bring kimono patterns and traditional fabric textures into everyday life.
“SHU-HA-RI KIMONO BELTS” are highly practical and you can adopt Japanese traditional crafts without any compromise in comfort and functionality

10% of all the sales in this campaign will be used to order new obi sashes from ”Watabun”, “Tatsumura” and other endangered makers of the Nishijin weaving area in Kyoto.



1000% (that`s a thousand percent) MADE IN JAPAN!! : this is of course a guarantee of quality, careful manufacture, and passion for the details.

SUSTAINABILITY: we use vintage fabric which is a way to bring new life to existing materials without the need to tap into natural resources.

TRADITION: This project brings visibility to the mesmerizing world of kimono: the materials, the design patterns, the symbiosis with the cycle of seasons, and the subtle esthetics behind it.

CUTTING EDGE: Sometimes you may think that we are a little over the edge… But this is because we enjoy doing new things that were not done before. Otherwise, where is the fun?


Our mission

We all love kimonos but as it may impractical to wear them on a daily basis in our normal lives, we fail to challenge and support economically the manufacturers with our user`s demand.

Our love and appreciation for the traditional crafts remains in the realm of “wishful thinking”.

But with the “SHU-HA-RI KIMONO BELTS” you can make a fashionable statesment without sacrificing practicality. Last but not least, you can concretely support the traditional crafts and provide the masters a new stimulus to continue in creating the future standing on the shoulders of giants.


Maintenance and warranty

  • Belts hole metal eyelets can deform/detach. → if noticed during the first month after reception, send back to us, we will repair for free
  • Belt is made of fabric and it can become stained → some stains can be removed safely. Consult with your dry cleaner or send to us. (this service is not free and will assess cost of stain removal from the picture you send us)
  • Postal service delivery problem → We use EMS postal service. If the wooden box is damaged, we will replace it.
    If the parcel gets lost we will resend another belt (the pattern will be different and depending on the circumstances, you may have to choose a different design)

Additional information

tip shape

flat tip, katana tip, arrow tip


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