Making a Tonbi Kimono Coat Pt. 1

It was late summer of this year when I found this “pattern” for a Tonbi coat popping up in one of the costuming and historybounding groups on Facebook.Tonbi are long outercoats that resemble Inverness and/or Ulster coats. They are outer coats with a cape and gained popularity in the mid 1800’s in the west. Tonbi … Continue reading Making a Tonbi Kimono Coat Pt. 1

My Obi Storage

Obi collection in 2013Storage in 2014 My project 100 days, 100 obi (104 obi) has come to an end. After uploading one ensemble with a different obi each day, I’m sure you must be wondering where, as well as how, I am storing my obi. It’s not as if I have a magical box with … Continue reading My Obi Storage

Why wearing proper or even original undergarments matters

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

Some thoughts about kimono.

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.

Buying Kimono: Shinei pt 1 General Website

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

Kimono Seller Review: eBay seller Kimonomtfuji

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