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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…

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…

Japanese Colors – Nara to Muromachi Era

The following colour tables have been referenced from: Japanese Design: Modern Approaches to Traditional Elements Gingko Press ISBN: 1-58423-081-9 Nara Era: AD 562-793 AYA – Colour scheme with flowery changes The style of the Orient and some countries west of China looks like imperial properties of Shosoin Treasure House. This is an expression of magnificent…

Iki, Modernity and Shibui

I won an auction for a book a few months ago, “Women of Japan” by Keiichi Takasawa, published in 1955. While the book borders on being sexist to a degree based on modern day beliefs, it had some very enlightening articles about various aspects of kimono. The one I chose to share with you all…

Kimono and the Colors of Japan

Kimono and the Colors of JapanISBN 4894444518 Amazon.co.jp linkAmazon.com linkyesasia.com link Topic Discussion on Immortal Geisha Forums:(link to be updated) Book Breakdown:The first volume in a current set of three, this book contains beautiful full page photographs of many gorgeous kimono and obi from the collection of Katsumi Yumioka (弓岡勝美). These kimono date back to…

Child Kimono and the Colors of Japan

Child Kimono and the Colors of JapanISBN 4894446073 and 978-4894446076 Amazon.co.jp linkyesasia.com link Topic Discussion on Immortal Geisha Forums:(link to be updated) Book Breakdown:Following along the lines of the first and the second book in this series, Katsumi Yumioka presents to us the third book focusing on children’s kimono, and various colours by season. As…

Women’s Kimono SOKODZIKARA

“ Women’s kimono SOKODZIKARAISBN 9784860202132 Amazon.co.jp link Topic Discussion on Immortal Geisha Forums:http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?t=9942 Book Breakdown: This book is a collaboration between Setsuko Ishida and Mamechiyo, and while I can’t read Japanese, I found a webpage that indicates the concept appears to be the styling of outfits based on specific movie heroines. The main downside to…