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Kimono arrivals


Some of my new kimono have arrived this week and I’m very well pleased. Perhaps the best is the black Meisen with coloured splodges. This silk is the lovely, thick, glossy silk I expect from Showa-era Meisen, and is very comfortable to wear. To go with it, I have already cut my black Nagoya obi into a tsuke obi, which… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Dating kimono


Every garment has clues as to the date of its origin. I thought I would write today about how to date a kimono. For those of us who collect vintage items, it’s important to know what to expect from our kimono, especially as vendors’ descriptions are not always very full, or sometimes even correct, so it pays to learn a… 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


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 »