Tag Archives: houmongi

More new Showa and Taisho


Well, my kimono buying continues apace. First up, since I’d bought the lovely jade Taisho Roman with tachibana, I figured I might as well combine shipping, so bid on this: a Taisho Roman with tachibana, oddly enough, though the colour and style are completely different. This is a lovely Meisen kimono from Japanese Antiques, and having been successful in my… Read more »

Cream houmongi with gold embroidery


This houmongi feels as beautiful to wear as I hoped it would. My new houmongi arrived yesterday morning, courtesy of Japanese Antiques. I couldn’t resist trying it on, so I popped it over my home-made juban in white Thai silk, and teamed it with a Showa-era fukuro obi with gold arabesques (with my 5in obi stay tucked inside). The obi-scarf,… Read more »

How to price a kimono


Only you can decide what to pay for a kimono, but here’s the rough guide I use. I thought today that I’d write a word or two about pricing. What a collector is willing to pay for kimono depends on a number of factors, including your income and the purpose to which you’re going to put the kimono. And I… Read more »

Mustard houmongi with bamboo Yuzen


When in doubt, in terms of formality, choose a houmongi. This was the second houmongi I bought, in 2004, and is from Ryujapan. Overall, it’s probably the most beautiful kimono I own, because the yuzen is of a very high standard and the overall balance of the garment is just perfect. Houmongi (houmon – visit, gi – wear) are ‘visiting… Read more »

Light green floral houmongi


My third kimono purchase was this light green houmongi decorated in the Yuzen technique. Houmongi – literally ‘visiting dress’ – are the most flamboyant kimono permitted for a married woman. They can also be worn by unmarried women, though most prefer to carry on wearing the longer-sleeved furisode while they still can. However, this houmongi has more rounded sleeves than… Read more »