For me a Kimono is like an exquisite painting and so I gave every single Kimono I own a name. I always have been interested in art in general; I think that is the reason why I also fell in love with Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints).

My name is Laura, born 1989 in Heidelberg, Germany. My enthusiasm for Kimono began about 6 years ago after friends of my mother gave me the book “Geisha, a life” by Mineko Iwasaki. Needless to say that I was impressed by the beauty and elegance of Geiko and their Kimono.

I searched after information about Kimono and in the end I found the “Immortal Geisha” forum.

My dream about having my own Kimono really was big and one day two German members started a private Kimono-sale; I bought my first Tsukesage for a reasonable price. I tried to wear Kimono as often as possible – mainly when goint to conventions/festivals or to a Japanese restaurant.

My favourite types of Kimono are Kurotomesode and Tsukesage. I am not married yet but Kurotomesode are something special for me and so I just collect them. As for motives I like peonies, peacocks and fans the most. 

In my opinion Kimono is not something you wear like a jeans and T-shirt, it´s a passion, something you love from the bottom of your heart or it makes no sense. Even though it might take a while until you own a full ensemble and get used to tying the Kimono and Obi all by yourself. 

However, since I know Kimono I got to know people from all over the world and it makes me happy that we inspire each other and made friends.

After more than 6 years being a 'fan' of Kimono, nowadays I simply prefer collecting them and only take them out when making coordination pics for this blog. I also rarely buy new pieces and have even sold a few, like those for which I haven´t found a matching Obi (or Kimono) yet, after owning them for many years or they didn´t suit my personal taste anymore. However, I am glad that those pieces have found a good, new home and are being worn! ♥

Thanks for reading until the end,
Aichi ~