Genji Warehouse Shopping Spree!

When my friends were visiting – we decided to make a trek to the Genji Warehouse. I’m quite familiar with the storeroom in the city, as I buy from there all the time, but I’ve never…

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….

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…

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…

Goodness Gracious Pink!

Last weekend I received an absolutely lovely gift from the performing group girls at taiko as a thank-you for helping them out with some sewing backstage last year. It was quite unexpected and really sweet of…

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…

Anatomy of a Vintage Tsuke Obi

A week ago I won a rather interesting kimono lot off eBay. In addition to the kasane set, haori and misc komono was an obi. I couldn’t see the photos very clearly in the auctions –…

Organizing My Tansu

I posted a little while ago about how I purchased a tansu. The tansu arrived about a week before my birthday, however I had been both sick and busy with work over the last couple of…

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…

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