Last year I was so lucky to get an Odori hikizuri - a dance kimono worn by Geiko/Geisha. Well, first of all I didn´t really know that I bought one. It was a "Buy it now" auction only for 35 € ~ 46 $ !

MeasurementsFull length (from bottom till under the collar): 205 cm
Motive: sensu (semicircular fans), ougi (folding fan),
fuji (wisteria) and sakura (cherry blossom)

It was sold as an Uchikake, a Kimono worn by brides. After I uploaded some pictures of my purchase on Flickr I got comments like:

"Wow! It really looks like a Hikizuri"
"It doesn´t look like a typical Uchikake ..." etc

In the end all people were sure that this beauty has to be an Odori hiki.
Now I know the differences between an Uchikake and Odori hiki of course.

Hello my dear readers!

Yesterday there was a 花見 (Hanami) organised by a German Budo club. A friend of mine is a club member and she invited my boyfriend and me to come.

She is collecting Kimono like me and said that she´ll is show some of her Kimono and Obi there. I was so happy that it was also possible for me to display my Kimono and Obi during this event.

Here you can see some of the displays:

my Taishou era Kurotomesode

Unfortunately I didn´t made any pictures of my Obi. The Obis you can see here belong to my friend.

my Ro Kimono and Odori Hiki
- my friend´s Chuya Obi

my friend´s Furisode, Nagoya obi
and accessoires, also from me

my friend´s Uchikake, Komon and Houmongi

Of course we both wore Kimono - she did a Geisha cosplay, I know the collar is not right, but however ...

left: my friend, right: a friend of her wearing 
a Vampire Knight cosplay -
I love the anime and manga ♥

I tied her obi - fortunately it worked out well ... and last but not least some pictures of me:

I really enjoyed this day ♥

Yes, today is my birthday and I got a voucher from my boyfriend to buy something Kimono related as a gift. Early in the morning I won this lovely Tsukesage:

(click on the pictures to get the original size)


Full length (from bottom till under the collar): 165 cm
Sleeve length: 53 cm
Span width: 134 cm

Motive: botan (peony)