Maiko kitsuke before I owned a proper jubanMaiko kitsuke after I owned a proper juban When you are starting out, buying all the items necessary for your first ensemble, you inevitably at some point will have to choose: Am I going to invest money on something and have the real deal or am I going … Continue reading Why wearing proper or even original undergarments matters
Within my collection of (naga)juban, I’ve had this one juban from asa (a fabric mix between hemp, ramie and linen) that I bought in Amsterdam in late 2018 to turn it into a two-piece juban. It’s far too short and too narrow for me to wear it as is due to my larger & wider … Continue reading Converting a one-piece nagajuban into a two-piece. Pt 2
Last week, I found this video by Abby Cox in my recommended section on YouTube, in which she talked about what she had learned about wearing a historic 18th-century dress (almost) every day for 5 to 6 years. Since last year, I’ve become more interested in historic dress and so-called “history bounding” which is incorporating … Continue reading Some thoughts about kimono.
Within my collection of (naga)juban, I’ve had this one juban from asa (a fabric mix of hemp, ramie and linen) that I bought in Amsterdam in late 2018 to turn it into a two-piece juban, but it was far too short and too narrow for me to wear it as is due to my larger … Continue reading Converting a one-piece nagajuban into a two-piece. Pt 1
** Just a fair warning, this blog post is very lengthy and has quite a few pictures. If you find that you’re missing some instructions or general information, please let me know!** In 2015 I got a han-juban, or half-length under kimono, in one of those kitsuke accessory bundles that Shinei uploads from time to … Continue reading (Re)Making a tube-sleeved han-juban
One of the bigger kimono sellers out there is Shinei, sister-company of the famous eBay-seller Sou_Japan. Their website is stocked with all sorts of kimono and Japan-related goodies. I myself was buying from Shinei like crazy in the first 4 or 5 years when I got interested in kimono. I haven’t bought so much from … Continue reading Buying Kimono: Shinei pt 1 General Website
In December of 2019, I asked on Instagram about what (trustworthy) online kimono sellers they’d recommend for me to write about/doing reviews on. Someone recommended this eBay seller: Kimonomtfuji I wrote this blog post in early January but wasn’t quite sure whether I should post it or not. In the mean time I’ve looked at … Continue reading Kimono Seller Review: eBay seller Kimonomtfuji
The last blog post for this part of the series on Ichiroya. I sadly had to postpone writing this about two weeks because of some stuff happening in my private life, I hope you don’t mind ^^ During the final few days of February, the items arrived and I genuinely couldn’t be more excited about … Continue reading Buying Kimono Ichiroya pt 5: Item Arrival
When you are first dipping your toes into buying kimono from online vendors, you find yourself browsing through many listings of items and wondering which to purchase. Even from the same kind of item, there may be multiple varieties, not to mention different coloured ones. Which items are better to purchase “brand-new” and which “second-hand”? … Continue reading Buying your items new or rather second-hand?
Ichiroya has always been the crème-de-la-crème for me when it comes to buying kimono pieces online and they’re one of the first websites I recommend to beginners. They’ve been very helpful whenever I had a question on items I (didn’t) buy from them and even allowing me to buy items through them that weren’t listed … Continue reading Buying Kimono: Ichiroya. Pt 4: Ordering, Payment & Shipping Process.