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Tsumugi-woogie bugle girl

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For a while I focused on obis and accessories but lately I’ve found time for a new obsession… Welcome to my tsumugi world. I don’t know – I think I must be completely schizophrenic with my kimono buying. After a rapid-fire couple of months purchasing every zingingly bright Taisho item I could find, I am suddenly plunging into the world… Read more »

Stocking up on hitoe

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When I started out collecting kimono, it wasn’t really with the idea of wearing them, so much as displaying them – hence the uchikakes and furisodes in my collection. But after a while of wearing only haoris over jeans, etc, I got the urge to wear kimono more often. The problem is, many of them are somewhat formal, which makes… Read more »

Obi-matching

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I have been making obi purchases with a little more care recently. I have been trying to focus on obi and accessories rather than kimono lately. My kimono habit, which is completely out of control, means that I have a really nice selection of kimono but very little in the way of juban, obi and accessories. I realised I had… Read more »

The do’s and don’ts of buying kimono

What the Japanese will and won’t do in kimono. I’ve been reading some kimono books lately, especially The New Kimono by the editors of Nanao magazine. It’s intriguing to me as a Westerner which rules the Japanese are willing and unwilling to break, and also which colour combinations they feel are chic, old-fashioned, permissible, not permissible, indicative of spring or… Read more »

New floral juban

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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 »