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Kimono hime

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Princess Sayako of Japan is going to be married soon, and held a farewell ceremony in which she wore a beautiful juunihitoe. For a very different “kimono hime” (hime is Japanese for princess), scans of volumes 4 and 5 of the magazine have been posted to the LiveJournal group kimonoworld. Taisho chic with a modern […]

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The kimono boom

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

An article in The Japan Times Online goes In Skeptical Quest of a Boom, getting off to a depressing start in Tokyo, of all places (like me, those of you who follow kimono are probably going “Tokyo?! What were they thinking!”), and then finally being put on to the trail of, well, the rest of […]

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Pink Edo komon

Monday, May 17th, 2004

This outfit is one I got for myself as a birthday gift. Through some strange act of fate, both were sold (separately) at the same time, and won for a very reasonable price – so reasonable I could hardly believe it. The Edo komon is exactly the right size, in excellent condition and my favorite […]

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Fuji and meisen!

Sunday, May 16th, 2004

When I last wore my fuji hitoe, I noticed that the sleeves had been hemmed up. Intrigued by this discovery, I restored them to their original length, and tried it on again today. Now that 15 May has passed, it’s time to wear unlined kimono and nagajuban. Before and after! I wore a hanhaba obi […]

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Obi widths: another experiment

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

Today I tried tying my obi even wider: 20cm (8″). (Larger photo.) So far I like this width the best, it seems to give the best overall proportions. The obi I’m wearing is the same as in the previous post, just the opposite side! I chose a wisteria kimono for this month of May, which […]

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Obi widths

Monday, May 3rd, 2004

The subject of obi widths relative to a person’s height recently came up on a forum I frequent. This is the result of my attempt at two different widths (15 and 18cm respectively, or 6″ and 7″) with a chuya obi: The idea is to find which proportions look best on a person. Normally 6″ […]

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Odd woven stripes kimono

Friday, March 12th, 2004

My curiosity being piqued by this recent arrival, I tried it on yesterday to see how it would look with an obi. The obi I’m wearing is one I made myself two years ago for a costume, out of some tapestry-weight fabric. It’s 12″ (30cm) wide and about 10′ (3m) long. Unlined, but folding it […]

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Yukata kitsuke videos

Thursday, January 22nd, 2004

The excellent kitsuke site at Somesho has added videos on how to wear yukata and tie different hanhaba obi musubi! You’ll need a very fast connection to download them, as they’re big files (the kitsuke videos range from 3 to 19 meg, while the obi musubi are from 25-40 meg). If you plan on viewing […]

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