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Pregnant Kitsuke – 30 Weeks Pregnant!

At 27 weeks, I went for nice, sweet and subdued…. For 30 weeks, I went for LOUD and OBNOXIOUS. Please meet my pink and turquoise tachibana meisen kimono and my obnoxious purple and yellow shibori haori. I’m really excited about this kimono. I don’t have many Taisho meisen pieces, but the ones I do have…

Pregnant Kitsuke – 27 Weeks Pregnant!

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to sit down and do anything fun with kimono. Work, life and pregnancy have been keeping me terribly busy! Today, though, despite my horrendous allergies (I hate plant life at the moment), I finally got a chance to dress in an ensemble I’ve been wanting to do…

Taishō Era Indigo Striped Houmongi

I’ve always been a fan of indigo – there’s just something so luscious about the colour I simply cannot resist.  I also go crazy for stripes – so obviously, this kimono caught my eye immediately!  Of course, the placement of bamboo on the sleeves, and the bold, cheerful patterns along the hem helped roping me…

Pregnant Kitsuke – Taishō Meisen Komon

Today was quite a challenge dressing in this kimono! I fell in love with this meisen kimono at first sight, and while technically, it is way to short for me to wear – I really wanted to add it to my collection. Had I not been 15 weeks pregnant, I probably would have had a…

Pregnancy Kitsuke!

I apologize for not posting for a while, but I’ve had a good reason. Now that I feel safe talking about it in public, seeing I’ve made it to the second trimester (I’m 15 weeks now!) – yes! Arian and I are expecting our first child! There’s always been a lot of talk on the…

San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival 2009

My husband and I went to San Francisco’s Cherry Blossom Festival this past weekend and had tons of fun! It gave me the oportunity to wear my two “new” kimono: my Taisho komon furisode hikizuri, and my crazy Taisho “shishi inside yabane” komon! This was the first time I’ve ever worn furisode…or done furisode kitsuke…

Published in Marie Claire China Magazine!

I was contacted by Marie Claire China a few months ago to do an interview for a special they were putting together “Secret in Women’s Closet”. They wanted to feature me with my tansu and kimono. It was just published – on the 10th of October and they mailed me a copy of the magazine!…

What’s Black, White & Red All Over?

I’ve started an “IG Kitsuke Challenges” sub-forum over on ImmortalGeisha – to help encourage people in experimenting with their ensembles: Today I finally had a chance to experiment for the “What’s Black, White & Red All Over” Challenge. My Entries: SUMMER ENSEMBLE: Flickr Link:http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2935294449/in/set-72157607972885691 WINTER ENSEMBLE Flickr Link:http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2935295303/in/set-72157607972885691 http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2935295817/in/set-72157607972885691 http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2935296555/in/set-72157607972885691 Flickr Link:http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2936152890/in/set-72157607972885691

No Ohashori? No Worries!

I often have people asking me my opinion in regards to wearing kimono without ohashori. It’s also a question often asked on my forums – with this particular thread being the main one: http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?t=10273 My opinion is – I prefer to wear a kimono I can get an ohashori out of – it’s just a…

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