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Christina [userpic]
A New Forum?
by Christina (comtesse_de_lis)
at September 18th, 2011 (02:29 pm)

Hello to everyone and the new members I approved (my apologies for it taking so long with some of you, but I'm not around much on LJ anymore).

This community has been dead for almost a year now, but looking over the community account it looks like it still gets occasional membership requests, including two today. Thank you!

If anyone's interested in following my kimono blog, which is where I've wandered off to, I'm over at The Kimono Lady. Given what happened with this LJ com., rather than try to build a kimono community here on LJ, I'm thinking of trying to make an independent forum so it's easier for people to find and interact with each other.

There's a great forum already over on immortalgeisha.com that I am a member of myself, but I've heard some people find it intimidating or don't want any kind of "geisha" label, so I thought a more kimono-focused forum might be a good progression from this LJ community.

I'll keep y'all posted here if I do go ahead with it. Thank you and let me know what you think about the idea.

Christina [userpic]
Yukata and Obi Giveaway
by Christina (comtesse_de_lis)
at October 20th, 2010 (11:09 pm)

Hey, everyone, hope you're having a good fall!

I'm giving away a yukata and obi set over on my daily kimono and Japanese culture blog to celebrate getting 10,000 visits. :)

You can read more about the drawing here if you're interested, and the deadline is midnight the evening of October 22. Thanks for reading!

CAB [userpic]
Gackt does Kimono and a Hollywood movie too.
by CAB (stratamander)
at September 14th, 2010 (06:35 pm)

So for those of you who aren't into J-rock or Gackt I thought I would share something I found over at comtesse_de_lis blog The Kimono Lady.

It seems that Gackt, in collaboration with a company called Nemuri, has released a line of Summer Kimono/Yukata. You can find them here. It seems that they're made out of transparent polyester so there is a kind of see-through effect. Perhaps they were thinking it was similar to a ro weave?

Anyway, they're ungodly expensive for my budget and given how strong the yen is in comparison to the dollar, that makes them even more difficult to get but if you love kimono and you love Gackt, this collaboration is a match made in heaven.

This one is my particular favorite and I think I a good example that would appeal to all kimono lovers, not just Gackt fans. Sadly...it's sold out. ._.

Christina [userpic]
Furisode: What Trend Are You?
by Christina (comtesse_de_lis)
at September 9th, 2010 (08:13 pm)

Kimono Hearts Portal, part of a kimono company that specializes in furisode, the long-sleeved kimono for young unmarried women, has some beautiful ones to look at.

They also have an interesting "styling" page, where they talk about different ways to bring trends into kimono.

Which one are you? I like the Gothic look best, but the Retro one is fun too.

Christina [userpic]
Real or Fake? A Cheat Sheet
by Christina (comtesse_de_lis)
at August 22nd, 2010 (09:42 am)

If you're new to buying kimono and don't know much about them, here's a quick cheat sheet to help you tell authentic kimono from the roughly eight million fakes out there.

Any of the following marks a kimono as a fake (sometimes politely called "tourist kimono", as tourists are the only people who will buy them):

-Made of cheap, shiny polyester or Chinese brocade

-No seam down the middle of the back

-Comes with a matching belt made of the same material and design

-The site or seller has more than one of the exact same thing, or the same pattern in a different color (*The exception to this can be cotton summer kimono and high-quality synthetic kimono, as both are mass produced. Fortunately, neither type resemble the cheap bathrobe-looking garments usually found online.)

-The collar is a different color than the rest of the kimono (*The exception being underkimono, called juban)

-It's knee length or shorter. Vintage adult kimono, while being shorter on most Westerners, still shouldn't hit any higher than mid-calf unless you're extremely tall.

-It comes in small, medium and large, or a number size (8, 10, etc.). Beyond the occasional "tall" size, kimono are not marked in Western-styled sizes.

-It has pockets, belt loops, or a quilted collar.

Feel free to add any more telltale signs of a fake you can think of, and happy shopping!

The GodLlama [userpic]
An Introduction and an Advert
by The GodLlama (aelie_baby)
at July 29th, 2010 (08:10 pm)

Hello, everyone! My name is Rachel, and I just happened to find this community yesterday. I've loved kimonos since i was a child, especially the beautiful fabrics used in their construction. My sister recently returned from Japan and brought me a yukata. I wanted to find other yukata for my classroom, but couldn't find any that were less than $100. I thus took it upon myself to make some for my kids to play with. I had so much fun doing it that I have decided to open up my own kimono shop:

Llama's Kimonos!

It literally opened yesterday, so there's no pictures uploaded yet. However, if you have need of any kimono or obi, just let me know!

CAB [userpic]
Hello and Geisha Pictures!
by CAB (stratamander)
at July 29th, 2010 (07:46 pm)

current mood: accomplished

Hello everybody! I'm Stratamander and I come bearing Geisha pictures that I took back in 2006 when I lived in Japan. Me and my buddy, our dearest mod comtesse_de_lis, were taking a tour of southwestern Japan and part of that involved hitting up Nara and Kyoto because what kimono loving person would pass up on the opportunity to stalk some Geisha and Maikos?

^_~ I tease of course.

So to make along story short, we got on the bus that was heading to Gion and tried valiantly to not to get our hopes up. Having lived in Japan for just about three years at that point we weren't expecting much. (Okay so Comtesse wasn't expecting much but I was POSITIVE we were going to find some Geisha. Call it intuition.) We got off at the Gion stop that was right next to a huge temple and a starbucks and asked ourselves...If I were a Geisha where would I be?

We both agreed that a fully dressed Geisha would not be hanging out at the local starbucks getting a caramel macchiato so we wandered into the neighborhood behind starbucks and lo and behold, what did we find?

Maiko Jackpot!

Yellow Kyoto Maiko
by *stratamander on deviantART

And another!

Pink Kyoto Maiko
by *stratamander on deviantART

All in all I think we saw about 6 to 8 maiko and geisha in their full official get ups and we also saw what looked to be a couple coming from a dance hall so maybe we stumbled upon them after festival or something like that.

Anyway, I'm Stratamander. I love kimono and photography. I'm in Texas now but I lived in Japan for three years and I'm happy to be here!

Christina [userpic]
Inspiration: Mamechiyo Modern Yukata
by Christina (comtesse_de_lis)
at July 29th, 2010 (07:29 pm)

Mamechiyo Modern is a fun, funky kimono brand that puts more focus on kimono being everyday garments than unapproachable art. Here are a couple of their dressy yukata looks from this summer: I love the second goldfish one!

Christina [userpic]
A Little About Us
by Christina (comtesse_de_lis)
at July 23rd, 2014 (02:04 pm)

Welcome to Love Kimono! We’re a kimono community for all fans of traditional Japanese clothing, even if you don’t wear or use it in traditional ways.

Everyone is welcome: all races, countries, ages, sizes, kimono styles, and levels of interest. You don’t have to know what a “darari obi” is to get in: you just need to enjoy kimono in some way.

To keep the community as drama and troll-free as possible, membership is moderated and all posts are f-locked. The hope is that we can create a fun, creative and friendly place to share our inspirations, ideas and love of kimono. If you’re interested in joining, please check out the details on our profile page by clicking on “profile” up on the right, and thanks for reading!

Christina [userpic]
Anna Niponica: Kimono Wedding Dresses
by Christina (comtesse_de_lis)
at July 23rd, 2010 (01:41 pm)

For the com's first post, how about some kimono re-imagining? Here's a few wedding dresses from Anna Niponica, a company that takes wedding kimono and resews them as Western gowns.

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