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Kimono Unboxing!

After a five year hiatus on purchasing kimono, I did a live unboxing of my first post-hiatus box of goodies! It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy watching!

Tsunodashi Hikinuki Tutorial

Tsunodashi Hikinuki Musubi Tutorial

One of my favourite musubi is tsunodashi musubi, but I don’t wear it often as most of my obi are antique and fragile, and the way I originally learnt how to tie it is not particularly gentle on these older pieces. Researching tutorials, I came across this fantastic one on Youtube! Not only does she…

Akira Times – Kimono Times

1. If you’re not already following Akira Times and his AMAZING styling over on Facebook – get yourself over there now and start following him now!! 2. Did you know he is releasing a book filled with his amazing stylings? Now you do and guess what? That book is available for pre-ordering! All books pre-ordered…

Hidden Secrets and Mottainai

I have this gorgeous tachibana komon, that has some rather unfortunate stains, possibly soy sauce, in very visible areas on the front. As there was no way I could hide the stains when wearing it, I decided to take it apart and either test laundering the fabric and re-sew back into a kimono, or, the…

OBon Festival #1, 2017

During early Summer, I discovered the local Buddhist temple hosted Bon Odori dance lessons which was open to the public.  One of my passions is various forms of Japanese dance and while I did a very brief moment of it when I lived in Florida around 14 years ago, I’ve just never had the opportunity…

Meeting a Kimono Friend & Kabuki!

This Summer was not only busy, but quite exciting as I had the fortunate chance of meeting one of my online kimono friends in person! Catherine (Ai no Kimono) and I met around 10 years ago online through the Immortal Geisha forums and these days, she is actually one of the admins as well!  While Cathrine…

We’re Back!

Hi Everyone! After a significant blogging hiatus caused by a mixture of life and also some serious database issues, I finally had time to revive the Kimono Asobi blog and commence blogging once again! While I’ve managed to manually revive most the past blog posts, I have a number of new posts I need to…

Vintage Japanese Ephemera Facebook Page!

I am excited to announce that after 17 years of collecting, I’ve finally started a page on Facebook to share scans of the various Japanese ephemera I have in my collection. Ranging from Meiji until now, my collection includes pamphlets, odori (dance) programs, photographs, postcards, fashion books, sewing books, historical clothing books, factory fabric samples,…

Traveling Kimono Round 2

Hi everyone! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately.  Life has just been so busy and active and I’ve had a large number of non-kimono projects I’ve been working on. However, the Travelling Kimono arrived and it was time to bust out all my kimono gear again! If you’re not familiar with the…

2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – Sunday Morning

A few weeks ago we went to Fillmore Street in San Francisco to have brunch with Arian’s friend. Afterwards, we walked around window shopping when we unexpectedly stumbled across a tiny Japanese antique store. I could see through the doorway a rack of kimono along the back door and of course, immediately became excited! Ever…

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