... to all my readers. I hope that you all have a good start into 2012, the year of the dragon in Japan. ♥


My current Han-eri and Date-eri collection ~

Chirimen silk vintage han-eri

left one:
deep purple Han-eri with higaki (basket weave)

right one:
beige Han-eri with shippou (interlocking circles) surrounded by kumihimo (cords)


The color is different from the picture. The right one is not pale-pink it is an orange color. More like this:


This was my very first Date-eri I ever bought ♥

Water motives are one of my favourite designs related to Obi. I have already showed you one here and now 2 more:

Type: Rokutsuu Fukuro Obi
Motive: Ryusui (flowing water)

It´s very shimmery ♥


Type: Ro Fukuro Obi
Motive: Ryusui (flowing water)

Hello to all readers! ♥

Today I want to show you my current Kimono shoes (zori) and bags. It´s pretty difficult for me to find Zori in my size - I need 24 cm. But the Ebay store ryu.japan has sometimes also shoes in this size and even bigger (24.5 cm, 25 cm e.g.). And so I won this nice Zori with the matching bag:

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Color: orange-gold

Inside the bag was also a little mirror ~ This set suits 3 of my Kuros and my Furisode.


A short while ago I won this cute more formal Zori:

They are 23.5 cm long. I wanted to give this size a try and it is possible. But first it was a lil bit painful to wear them ´cause my feet are rather wide and the frontpart of this Zori is a little bit too small for me. Though I just have to break in them more. Well, the best is that they suit most of my stuff =D I hope that I will get silver Zori in 24 cm oneday ...


And last but not least another bag. This bag was one of my first Kimono items:

This bag is orange, too with kiku (chrysanthemum) on ryusui (flowing water) ~

I am very addicted to Kuro-Tomesode, I am not married, but I love black and elegant designs. Well, I want to show you 2 more Kuros I own ~

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Full length (from bottom till under the collar): 158 cm
Sleeve length: 49 cm
Span width: 123 cm

Motive: kiku (chrysanthemum), momiji (maple), ayame (iris), ume (plum blossom), kikyo (bellflower), sasa (bamboo), fuji (wisteria), seigaiha (semicircular repeated wave), shippou (interlocking circles), kikkou (hexagonal, honeycomb tortoiseshell) and botan (peony) on noshi (paper strips) surrounded by kumihimo (cords)

The peonies on this kimono are heavily embroidered which makes them very soft - peonies are one of my fav kimono motives ♥


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Full length (from bottom till under the collar): 158 cm
Sleeve length: 47 cm
Span width: 123 cm

Motive: houou (phoenix), momiji (maple), botan (peony), kasamatsu (dense pine branch, 'mushroom' shaped), ume (plum blossom), hagi (bush clover) and kiku (chrysanthemum)

This is my mother´s favourite one =D

I was utterly happy to get this stunning Taishou era Kuro-Tomesode through a private Kimono sale - for a good price. This Kimono got the name: black beauty

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Full length (from bottom till under the collar): 155 cm
Sleeve length: 63 cm
Span width: 125 cm

Motive: senmen (paper centres of folding fans), gosho guruma (royal cart), momiji (maple), kiku (chrysanthemum), shippou (interlocking circles), kikkou (hexagonal, honeycomb tortoiseshell), eda-ume (plum on the branch) and maru mon (large designs in circles)

It´s having the typical longer sleeves and the lining is red.


Shortly after I purchased the Taishou-Tomesode, I fortunately also found a Taishou Maru Obi which
suits this Kimono very well - also here the price was not too high.

(click on the pic to get the original size)Motive: ougi (folding fan), ume (plum blossom), aranami (wild wave), kiku (chrysanthemum) and more ...

It was not uncommon to this time, during the Taishou era I mean, to wear Maru Obi with Kuro-Tomesode.

This Obi was my 2nd one and I bought it for my Furisode

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Motive: kin chou (golden butterfly), senmen (paper centres of folding fans) on kikkou (hexagonal, honeycomb tortoiseshell)

After I got my first Kimono and Obi I had to buy Obijime and Obiage of course. Found a nice greenish set:

that´s a shibori Obiage

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I am so addicted to green when it comes to Kimono things ♥

My Chuburisode, it´s made out of synthetic - so I could wash it,
got it from a kimono-blog sale

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Full length (from bottom till under the collar): 160 cm
Sleeve length: 94 cm
Span width: 124 cm

Motive: ougi (folding fan), maru mon (large designs in circles), chou (butterfly), kiku (chrysanthemum), botan (peony), momiji (maple),
fuji (wisteria), kiri (paulownia), kikyo (bellflower), himawari (sunflower), tachibana (mandarin orange), kasumi (misty cloud),
ran (orchid with long, narrow spike shaped petals), matsu (pine) and eda-ume (plum on the branch)

It was not so easy for me to find a Juban with a similar sleeve length, but fortunately after a long time I found one:

Motive: sayagata (interlocked greek key/swastika) and honmon design (sayagata pattern inlaid with flowers)

The first Fukuro Obi I bought ... and the first thing ever I bought from abroad

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Motive: kanzemizu (whirlpool)

After I got my first Kimono I wanted to buy an Obi for it so badly.
Well, I was really unsure about the motive because the pattern on the Kimono is very "flashy". I decided to look after something "elegant" or not much patterned. I think that I made a good decision on this Obi.

This Tsukesage Kimono was my first Kimono. I got it from a private sale ...

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Full length (from bottom till under the collar): 156 cm
Sleeve length: 47 cm
Span width: 128 cm

Motive: cattleya (orchid)

... together with a cute Nagajuban:

It´s a shame that I have only one "normal" Juban (I have also one for my Furisode) - I really need more ...

Hello dear readers,

my name is Laura (23), living in Germany and this is my welcome post to you. It is the first time that I have a blog where I will write all in English. I hope that my English is not too bad ...

My interest for the Japanese culture started many years ago through Anime and Manga. When I was 15/16 years old I discovered Japanese rock musik - I am still listening to it.

Because of the music I came to the language which I am learning now for 2-3 years. Nowadays I am mainly interested into the old traditional art and literature of Japan.

But how I came to Kimono and Kitsuke?

Friends of my mother knew that I am so interested into Japan and one day they gave me the biography of Mineko Iwasaki as a gift. To this time I already knew some things about Geisha but not that much like today. If you have already read her book you will know that there are pictures of her in it. So I saw that pic of her wearing this fantastic Hikizuri and it was love at the first sight:

Until today I love green related to Kimono things and white is just a very elegant color. Thereupon I started to search after more informations about Geisha, Maiko and Kimono, too. I found to the nice German page called Hanamachi.de and learned many things.

Then I discovered the ImmortalGeisha-Forum. Of course I dreamed about having my own Kimono for a long, long time but the money was to this time always a big problem for me ... After my registration I made new friends, also German kimono-lovers are there. This Forum is really a good place to learn many things about the Geisha and Kimono world.

Last year two German members from this Forum started a private kimono-sale. Fortunately I saw a nice and really cheap Tsukesage Kimono and Nagajuban which fit me - so I finally got my first Kimono. I was so happy ~

A short while after this I discovered good Ebay-shops *haha* and many nice online-shops which sell great Kimono stuff. My collection is growing and growing, it will never end ...

I am really happy about the fact that there are more and more people out there who love Kimono and Kitsuke and that we can chat together through Facebook, Flickr, Forums and Blogs. I planned to make this blog a long time ago - so I hope that you all will enjoy it and have fun.

Of course I want to share my collection and many informations about Kimono and Kitsuke. If you have further questions just feel free to ask.

Thanks for reading this entry, Laura ~