Burgundy Sha kimono with grey hibiscus flowers

This Sha kimono is proving a godsend in the heat of summer. I bought this Sha kimono quite recently from a vendor that was new to me – a British vendor called RubyMinky. Ruby (as we shall call her) turned out to be a kimono collector like me, but with a far bigger collection that she was reducing, and she… Read more »

Black townwear with urushi clouds

All-over urushi kimonos are quite a rare find. I bought this kimono several years ago, from Ryujapan. Ryuji often describes his kimonos simply as ‘weave’ but it was clear from the photos that it’s actually urushi. I was very excited when I saw it because although I have numerous all-over-urushi haoris, all-over-urushi kimono are harder to find. I have only… Read more »

Cotton ro kimono and yukata

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When is a kimono not a yukata? When I was searching for yukatas recently, I came across this cotton ro kimono from Yamatoku. I already have this other yukata with jazzy pattern (see below) in cotton ro. Ro is a leno weave characterised by hundreds of tiny holes, usually laid horizontally, and is wonderfully thin and light in the hot… Read more »

Tomesode with stylised mist

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This tomesode was made in the 1970s and was my second purchase when I began collecting kimono. I thought I would post an update on this tomesode. I bought it from Yamatoku in 2004. It was my second purchase and I had no idea what to expect.  As you can see from the original blog post below, I couldn’t find… Read more »

Navy yukata with hibiscus blossom

This vintage yukata from Yamatoku is very practical and wearable. This is one of my new yukatas – navy cotton with hibiscus blossom (at least, I think it’s hibiscus – it might be pawlonia).The description lists it simply as ‘hana’ – flower. It’s from Yamatoku, but I’m not sure how old it is – probably fairly modern (1960s-1990s?). Yamatoku no… Read more »

Falling in love with kimono again

After a long hiatus, I have fallen in love with kimono again. I have been buying kimono again after a long gap, and oh what a joy it is. The main reason has been the recession – for a couple of years, there simply hasn’t been the money to spend on things that I don’t actually need, however beautiful they… Read more »

Orchid Meisen with huge peonies

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My first Meisen kimono is in the Taisho Roman style. This was the first Meisen kimono I succeeded in buying, back in 2004, and it took me many bids on different kimono before I was finally successful. This one is from Ichiroya, who no longer lists on Ebay, and cost about $32. That’s on the expensive side for Meisen, but… Read more »

Floral print Rinzu michiyuki

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A michiyuki is a double-breasted coat worn over a kimono. Michiyuki means ‘goes over everything’. Since at this time I was aiming in my collection to have an example of every type of kimono, I bought this one, attracted by its busy floral print of stylised chrysanthemums and its gorgeous water-colour dyed lining. However, I wasn’t sure the shape would… Read more »