Tag Archives: juban

Kimono vs yukata


When does a yukata become a kimono? We are in the long, hot, sweltering days of August now, the days of usumono silks and, above all, yukata. But what makes a yukata a yukata? If you wear a yukata with a juban and collars, does it magically transform into a kimono? The question of what makes a yukata a yukata… Read more »

Stocking up on juban


I’ve just bought juban from a favourite vendor. This week saw a bit of a change for me – the first time I’ve bought kimono other than on Ebay. It was from a seller I know well, though – Ryuji, who used to go under the Ebay name Ryujapan and now sells via his own store, Shinei (http://www.net-shinei.co.jp/com, if you… Read more »

New floral juban


I’ve decided to add to my juban collection, partly by making my own. When dressing in kimono recently I realised that one reason I don’t wear kimono as often as I might is my lack of jubans. I’m now seriously regretting giving away my pastel synthetic juban. I didn’t like it next to my skin, but of course I should,… Read more »

Lots of lovely stripes


I figure a girl just can’t have too many striped kimono. As anyone who reads this blog will know, I have a weakness for striped kimono. Striped kimono were the daily wear of most middle-class and urban Japanese for decades, usually in shades of brown and blue, and often in kasuri cotton. Coupled with my other weakness for Taisho Roman… 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 »

Black meisen hitoe with green yabane


This black kimono is my first meisen hitoe. Hitoe are unlined kimono and they’re a comparative rarity in modern kimono because the majority of people who now have kimono made only ever have one or two, so they tend to have the high-end type of furisode/tomesode with linings. However, vintage hitoe kimonos are fairly readily available.  Nevertheless, searching for hitoe… Read more »

Cotton ro kimono and yukata


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 »