Archive for March, 2004

20th-century Japanese postcards online

Friday, March 26th, 2004

An article in yesterday’s news on an exhibit titled “Art of the Japanese Postcard” lead me to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts website, where nearly three thousand unique postcards are available to browse online! o Art of the Japanese Postcard: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection at the MFA, Boston o Direct link to the […]

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New links!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

I had time to browse Japanese sites today and found all sorts of neat kimono diaries (blogs). They can be found in the “links” menu at right. All the new additions are in Japanese; if you can’t read the language, I recommend @nifty’s translation service. Copy a URL, paste it into the URL field and […]

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Kawakatsu: Kimono (1936 and 1956)

Monday, March 15th, 2004

A few weeks ago I came across a vintage book published by the Japan Tourist Bureau in its English-language series on Japan, titled “Kimono” by Kenichi Kawakatsu (whose first name is also transliterated Ken-ichi). There are two editions, one published in 1936 and another in 1956. While there are other publishing dates, the first is […]

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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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Tsumugi and omeshi additions

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004

Two new gallery additions today: o Pastel peony tsumugi o Woven stripes kimono (most likely omeshi) The first is a lovely spring kimono in my (tall) size and with graceful longer sleeves, a happy find for me. The silk has a wonderfully crisp yet soft feel to it. The second kimono is, well, weird! I’ve […]

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