16th Lesson: Japanese Sandals

“I bought a kimono and would love to go out wearing it, but I’m still not sure what shoes I should wear?” Read all about Japanese sandals. How are they called and what is the difference? And most important: how much do they cost?

Kimono Lessons in English

A few months ago I started to teach the art of kimono dressing. Today I want to introduce 2 of my precious girls and show you how far you can come in just 3 lessons.

15th Lesson: Wedding Kimono

Probably the most special kimono among all kimono: the wedding kimono. What’s so special about it? How many kinds of wedding kimono do exist? And what do all those little items symbolize? Read all about the fashion of Japanese brides.

13th Lesson: Haori

When you wear kimono, you always have to be prepared for the next season. Making a kimono takes sometimes more than a month, so you should order your kimono, nagajuban etc. early. One reason why I always start to buy awase in August, although it was still in the middle of summer. 🙂 However, winter…

12th Lesson: Haneri

Haneri (半襟, “half collar”) is a decorative collar sewed on the nagajuban, that you can put the erishin inside it, before wearing kimono. Erishin is a long, plastic strip which hardens the eri and helps you to show your neck prettily. If you are going to wear reisō, it is recommended to have a white…

11th Lesson: Obi… again!

Happy New Year! 2016 has just started. In January the big New Year’s Sale starts in Japan. If you ever come to Japan only for shopping, I highly recommend New Year’s and July. 🙂 Well, I did a lot New Year’s shopping, too, which inspired me to another lesson for my blog. And here it…

10th Lesson: How to measure yourself

Hello everybody! Sorry for my long absence, but summer and autumn had become very busy. Now it turned December and the best season in Japan has already started – (not winter, but) the awase season (2nd lesson)! However, when you want to buy a kimono, of course you should buy the right size. It is…

9th Lesson: Tabi

This week I want to start with a quite nice lesson: shoes! I’m one of the girls who really love shoes and never can have enough. There are lots of different kinds of shoes for kimono, but to make it easy, let’s call them zōri (草履) for today. I think the most of you know…

8th Lesson: Furisode

Last weekend we had a Kimono Competition in Kumamoto. Because I took part in the furisode competition, I had to learn a lot about furisode recently. So this is the right time to write a nice article about it. When it comes to the season, writing about furisode now is pretty late. The “furisode season”…

Checkpoints When Buying a Vintage Kimono

Of course, it’s important to know your size when you go out and buy your first vintage kimono. But there are also few other things you should be attentive to: stains! Here are all checkpoints that won’t make you regret your purchase.

7th Lesson: Tsukuri Obi

When you buy a kimono of course you should learn how to put it on. Especially the obi musubi is very hard and you need stamina. For this reason another type of obi was produced. Tsukuri obi (作り帯) are already tied and you just have to put them on. I was looking for the origin…