I’m liking how the Obiage and Obijime are so much darker than the rest of the colour palette. It brings interest to that part of the kimono. The contrasting green nail polish is also a special glittery touch.
As with all kinds of fashion, the styling of hair and makeup is vital to kimono as well. And it goes without saying, you have to dress to suit your skintone and hair color. This light gold color is a tone my mother “can’t wear at all” and she hates it, but I can wear gold no problem. Keep the whole thing in mind when coordinating an outfit and remember the kimono doesn’t stand by itself. There will be a person in there.
In this coordination from Fuuga Kimono, liking the Pink and Turquoise. Also digging the delicate lace on the Juban. It’s got a touch of “Nagoya”, “Hime” and “Lolita” without being covered in bling or fluff. Nice middle ground for those who aren’t prepared to go the whole way but want to dress up their komon. I particularly like the patterned tabi socks. This looks soft and princessy without having too much.
Qing-dynasty ivory and bamboo fan
This is a intriguing brand new nagoya obi with ‘ariso’ (jumping carp and wave) pattern, which is dyed by Kichizaburo Kuriyama, a famous Kyo-Bingata dyer.
Textile is taima(hemp), which is hand plied in China.
FURISODE KIMONO TWO PIECES SET / DYED HAWKS
Showa Era - $5,195
for sale at Shinei -Antique Kimono Store-
Hawks are considered a masculine pattern. This is a very rare and georgous set!! - TSM
While the lily of the valley in back yard have spread this year, still only one of them bloomed. Thankfully I now have this May kanzashi which will always have the little white flowers in bloom! One of my favorite flowers, find out how it;s fits in with my maiko kanzashi challenge over on the website!
Case (Inrō) with Design of Squid, Shells and Seaweed
Hara Yōyūsai (Japanese, 1772–1845)
Period:Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:early 19th century
Case: powdered gold (maki-e) and colored lacquer on black lacquer with mother-of-pearl and gold inlays; Fastener (ojime): ivory carved with abstract design; Toggle (netsuke): ivory carved in the shape of a crabDimensions:H. 3 1/4 (8.3 cm); W. 2 in. ( 5.1 cm)
Ro Panda bear Obi
Looking nice and subtle here, the pandas almost disappear into the extremely abstracted bamboo leaf/tulip outline.
The cream version! Pandas!
Though bamboo can be all-season, it is commonly used in fall and winter kimono. This obi is made of Ro (open-weave, gauzelike silk), so intended for summer.
A high class bat fukuro obi. If only I had the money….
Hangyoku (Sanja Matsuri 2013) (by xio_olx)
child geisha, apprentice entertainer
Sanja Matsuri or Sanja Festival, is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo. It is considered one of the wildest and largest. The festival is held in honor of Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Hajino Nakatomo, the three men who established and founded Sensō-ji. Sanja Matsuri is held on the third weekend of every May at Asakusa Shrine. Its prominent parades revolve around three mikoshi (three portable shrines referenced in the festival’s name), as well as traditional music and dancing. Over the course of three days, the festival attracts 1.5 to 2 million locals and tourists every year.
Sanja Matsuri (三社祭)