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More new Showa and Taisho

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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 »

Lots of lovely stripes

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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 »

Blue and straw stripe Taisho Roman

This 1920s striped kimono is very elegant and subtle. This new kimono arrived yesterday from a favourite vendor, Kofudo. In ‘Taisho Roman’ style, it probably dates from the early 1920s, or possibly the early Showa era, but retaining Taisho style. It has the typical hallmarks of a Taisho piece that I find the most attractive: long sleeves and a whisper-thin… 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 »