What we call Y-shirts started from here – YAMATOYA SHIRTS


Delicate stitches as I feel like being wrapped in wind


Three weeks later I had visited their factory, I went to the shop YAMATOTA SHIRTS in Ginza to receive the dress shirt I had ordered.


The custom made dress shirt I ordered. It’s ideally compact and light to wear.


The shirt was made of the material Grandi & Rubinelli, length: No. count 170, width: No. count 120, whose touch was silky and the regular collar quipped with a thin interlining cloth to its both end. The shirt was remarkably in good shape with ties or even without ties as its collar never loses strength. It features the Milan cuffs turned up approximately 110 degree while those of Charvet are applied 90 degree. The button part of cuffs is hidden from the external cuffs covering it, which proves the matured skill of the tailor paying close attention to details.


The trademark of YAMATOYA SHIRTS is sewn on the shirts produced by them.


I tried it on and found its compact shape with relatively soft texture. This could be relying on the high count number of the fabric. I never felt the unnecessary pressure on my shoulders, back darts, front body, arms, or any parts of my body.


According to Narumi Ishikawa, only the dandy gentlemen over fifty have the dress shirts made at the tailor before. However, in recent years young men in their twenties or thirties order dress shirts at YAMATOYA. “Japan has been experiencing the mass production and mass consumption in a society after the War. For instance, people buy cheap shirts and dispose of them after one year when they lost interest. I don’t deny that kind of consuming society, but we should remember the way we have been accepting our culture rooted in deep tradition and still fresh in many ways, such as Japanese paintings, Kabuki, Maiko, Rakugo (Comic monologue), Sumo wrestling, and No play. There would be a new young generation emerging who wants to keep and use the good products for long term with considerable cares. They must have learnt such values through other Japanese culture.”


God exists in detailed part and that is why craftsmen never overlook the hidden area to be endeavored. There are some common elements among Japanese craftsmen—- they never try to conquer the nature but be absorbed in.



I was in UENO Onshi Park on 8th, April, when cherry blossoms signaling the coming of spring. The park was packed with a full of people who were enjoying a picnic viewing cherry blossoms in full bloom. A gust of wind blew and flowers began to fall off the cherry trees. Some people turned their back, including those wearing overcoats, while the others were holding their shirt collars weaving in the wind.


YAMATOYA is proud of being the oldest custom shirt maker in Japan.


I was wearing the shirt made by YAMATOYA and didn’t turn my back to protect myself from a strong wind. My shirt didn’t change its shape being against a gust. Neither did my tie. Only a wind was blowing through my shirt. “I am not wearing a shirt knocked down by wind, but more likely wearing a wind itself.” I was so happy that walked through the park towards the down town Ueno, having glancing at people being in trouble with a gust.



Interviewer & Author:Akitoshi Urayama
Photographer:Soudou Kawaguchi



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