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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 »

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 »

Floral print Rinzu michiyuki

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A michiyuki is a double-breasted coat worn over a kimono. Michiyuki means ‘goes over everything’. Since at this time I was aiming in my collection to have an example of every type of kimono, I bought this one, attracted by its busy floral print of stylised chrysanthemums and its gorgeous water-colour dyed lining. However, I wasn’t sure the shape would… Read more »

Light green floral houmongi

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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 »