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2008 Cherry Blossom Festival – Taisho!

Last year I went nice and subdued for Cherry Blossom Festival. Well, this year I didn’t! I decided to re-vamp my Taisho ensemble with some new pieces. Namely the gorgeous tsuzumi obi, red accessories and zori. My batteries were unknowingly flat in my camera, so I’ve had to rely on other people’s photos: It was…

A Rose By Any Other Name Is…FUGLY!

At Cherry Blossom Festival a few weeks ago, Genji had a large number of sale racks with kimono for $20. Arian pulled out this awesome black and white swirly kimono and we instantly went “oooh!!!”…..until we both saw the roses and went “Urgh!” I still felt the kimono had potential though – the black swirls…

Edo Kitsuke

I’ve been watching a lot of Zatoichi lately, and I have to say the outfits of the various females have left me quite stunned. Ah…Edo kitsuke looks so comfortable and relaxed. I had to give it a go myself. Not particularly the best kitsuke…but it was fun and boy, did it feel extremely comfortable to…

Taishō Kasane Kimono Set

A week ago I won a rather interesting kimono lot off eBay. Here are the original auction photos:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; and 9. While some pieces are in serious need of some tender loving care (namely, the dounuki), everything was absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to (carefully) dress in the kimono set as…

Work Christmas Party Outfit

It was the work Christmas party tonight. I wore my version of a “cocktail dress”. While not as all-round polished as my last outfit – this was still a fun outfit to put together. I was happy with how my collars sat – I’m not sure if the colour combination worked as well as I…

Taisho Roman (大正ロマン編)

I’m a huge fan of Taisho Romance (大正ロマン編) style when it comes to kimono and the bulk of my collection dates from the Greater Taisho Era. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to dress purely for fun – so I experimented with a Taisho Romance style outfit I’ve been mulling for some time….

Trip to Chicago!

In the middle of November Arian and I flew to Chicago for a week for a wedding. I had no plans on wearing kimono, but everyone insisted that I do – so I had no choice. Quite some time ago, a member of my forum posted a gorgeous ume and uguisu tsukesage. By a wonderful…

Japantown Fun!

Yesterday Arian and I hit Japantown for some fun for a change, rather than working for a taiko event. It gave me the opportunity to wear my new indigo kasuri ensemble…it really is starting to get a touch too warm for the haori – but I wanted to wear the set at least once before…

Union Square Ensemble

Today Arian and I went into Union Square, San Francisco to help with flyering for the San Francisco Taiko Dojo concert coming up later this month. I decided to use the oportunity to wear kimono. For a while, I’ve been pondering what my favourite purple komon would look like with my reversible Taisho obi…I took…

Halloween 2006

Arian and I went to a party of sorts at a neighbourhood bar on the weekend. It was a fun night and I was all a happy girl with Arian dressed as a pirate and being able to wear my current favourite kimono ensemble again.

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