tiistai 30. syyskuuta 2008

My first kimono item

... was this haori. I bought it for display purposes and because I was curious how the kimono silk feels like. When this one arrived in the mail I fell in love with it in a second. Rinzu silk is so beautiful!
This haori is sadly too small (and maybe also too precious ^_^) to be worn.

sunnuntai 28. syyskuuta 2008


Me and my husband had a nice trip to a waterfall at Eastern Finland. The water was low but it was still very beautiful! Sorry no kimono pics this time either :)

There used to be a mill but it was washed away by the spring flood years ago. Only the stone remains...

After this the battery of the camera died. Too bad! We saw about 10 cranes flying past us, very close. Moving south I guess :)

keskiviikko 24. syyskuuta 2008

My friend and her kimono

It's so much fun to dress other people in kimono, even at 2am! My friend Heli still had some energy to smile and pose for a photo even it was a very long day. She is wearing her new komon and a fukuro obi of mine. I bought the obi because in the listing it looked like it was pink but apparently it wasn't. I was a little disappointed but luckily the obi goes quite well with Heli's kimono :)
The beautiful kanzashi are made by her. Click here to see more of her work!

I did some experiments with the obiage. What do you think about it?


A close-up. This obijime is just awesome! Very non-traditional but pretty.

tiistai 23. syyskuuta 2008


I'll post some kimono pics soon but in the meanwhile, here's a cute cat photo ^_^ Isn't she adorable?

maanantai 15. syyskuuta 2008

Snowflake obi

I wore my hitoe iromuji again but now with a different obi. This is a fukuro obi and the pattern is karabana, imaginary flower. But don't they look like snowflakes :)

lauantai 13. syyskuuta 2008

Autumn ensemble

I love the colors of this outfit! The kimono is a wool kimono and the obi is a silk nagoya obi. I just snatched the red scarf in a hurry but it looks quite good, I think ^_^ In Japan it'd be too early to wear this ensemble but here the weather is already cold enough to be comfortable in wool kimono.

The kimono is short and the sleeves are far too short but I still love it! I've worn it many times with a red hanhaba obi. This obi combination looks more interesting to me but the white tabi and collar look kinda too white now. Next time I'll try a yellow haneri and tabi socks :)

A close-up of the obi.

My husband and his "outrageous" blue-green collar ^_^ Sorry for the poor picture quality, this photo was taken by me... all the other photos are his. I think he's a very good photographer :)

sunnuntai 7. syyskuuta 2008

Neko obi

pink hitoe iromuji and tsuke obi

cat obi!

Today I wore my cat obi! It's design is adorable and it's a tsuke obi, a pre-tied obi, which is good at the days like this. You know the bad hair day? Today it was a bad kitsuke day for me. I was in a hurry to get dressed - even more than usually - and everything just seemed to fall apart. I tied my koshihimo too loosely and stepped over my hem and almost fell down at the Tea ceremony practise. Not to mention that today my legs hurted more than they usually do but somehow I managed to get through without falling down. Luckily I was wearing my tsuke obi so at least the otaiko bow remained perfect ^_^

On the way home me and my husband met a very nice Japanese couple who were interested in chado and kimono. Great! Hope they have a nice stay in Finland :)