Ever since I started taking kitsuke seriously, I’ve had a secret desire to own a proper kimono tansu. My dream has finally (almost) come true!
After discussing with Arian about whether:
a) Can we fit a tansu in our studio apartment; and
b) Can I actually afford an antique tansu?
We came to the conclusion of “YES!”. So, I started my tansu shopping.
I looked at quite a few in person, but none of them really grabbed me – they were either perfect in proportion (i.e – half trays and half drawers) but too small for my liking (as in, I’d have to fold my kimono in three, rather than two) – or just the right size, but of a colour I didn’t find attractive.
So I started looking around online. I discovered the price-range of those online were not much different to in-store prices, and I also discovered quite a few gorgeous tansu then BAMMO! THE ONE.
I found the tansu I just absolutely had to have.
– The outside measurements sounded very promising, and I asked for inside drawer/tray measurements….which turned out to be perfect for my tatoshi.
– It was the perfect balance between trays and drawers – three good depth drawers, four large trays, two smaller half trays and 3 small komono drawers.
– While I normally like darker wood, this tansu was made solely of kiri and the lighter colour was surprisingly quite appealing to me.
– Oh, yeah, did I mention it is Taisho Era?
The triple bonus on top of this was that it was on sale, it has free shipping AND they do 4 months layaway plans (interest free with the ability to pay it off at any time during the four months)!
I slept on the thought for a few days, and I eventually ordered it. I have to admit, I felt a little weak at the knees at first…I’ve never invested in owning an antique piece of furniture before. If I tighten my belt a bit, I should hopefully have my tansu home long before the 4 months and in time for my birthday on the 1st of Feb!
I’m so excited. I even have dreams about putting all my kimono in it. hehehehe. I can’t wait!