Nov 29, 2015

KimoNovember – fourth outfit!

こんにちは !

November is drawing to a close and I decided to end the KimoNovember event with a BANG! Yes, I dug out my tattsuke hakama (bakama?) from the depth of my kitsuke storage box and combined them with a cream colored silk kimono and a black haori! 
The kaku obi is synthetic and reversible – one side is light blue and the other side is mustard yellow. I decided to use the yellow side this time since I thought that it would fit the rest of the outfit better. The hakama sport the ichimatsu square patterning and are cream & green tea in color. In some lights the tea color can appear brown, weirdly enough.

Buhuu, sorry for the crummy mirror photo but I have no photographer. :(
Another mirror photo, close-up.
These hakama were a really lucky find at Shinei some years ago; I haven't seen a single one for sale before or after I snagged these for  myself. They are vintage and seem to be made of cotton or something like that – they surely ain't silk at least. They don't feel like any synthetic fabric either.

Close-up of the collars. Notice that you can see the haori's
texture where the light hits on the shoulder.
Obi and hakama knot close-up.

Geta with cream hanao and seigaiha print.
Since it's rare to find this type of hakama I decided to take a couple extra photos to show them off! Feast your eyes on this fabulous creation ~

That's about all I have to show you for this time. ^_^ I'm sad to say that this is the end of my KimoNovember challenge because, even though there's still a few days left of November, I just won't have time because the remaining days are weekdays and I have school to attend. So yeah, this was the final KimoNovember kitsuke getup that you'll see from me this year... but there's no need to shed any tears because hey, there's only one year to go until next KimoNovember and then I'll be back! ;)

Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

Nov 24, 2015

KimoNovember – third outfit!

Hello hello!

I threw together a third kimono outfit for the sake of KimoNovember. This time I took some liberties from kimono rules because I wanted to experiment a little. I hope no kimono purists will come and chase me with their naginatas on fire, lol.

I decided to wear my light purple kimono with white dots all over and wear my asanoha patterned very dark blue yukata as a juban. The main reason for this is that I wanted the collars to pop – I wanted something a bit more flashy than your usual men's kitsuke.
I wore my wine red kaku obi tied in a kai no kuchi musubi; I also added my soft dark gray heko obi underneath it. I used the full width of the heko obi and just wrapped it around myself and then tied the kaku obi on top. I did this to get some more colors into the outfit and to experiment with how it looks. Personally I think it looks cool but I'm curious to hear what others think too!

Mirror photo, full-body.
I'm sorry about the horrible yellow apartment light but yeah, seeing how December is near it means we up here in the north have a strong case of polar night going on – which means very little sunlight per day (we're talking like 3 hours here) and thus I have to rely on really crummy lamp light...
The yellow light washes out the colors quite much and makes them appear more yellow/grayish. :/ The kimono appears very yellow-toned, because of the light, but it's a light violet in real life. I assure ya.

Close-up on the collars. (not mirrored)
I really loved asanoha ever since I first saw it and I was overjoyed when I found this yukata on eBay for quite long time ago! I've always had some kind of "I want to try what it looks like if I used it underneath a kimono" thing going on and now I finally decided to try it out!

Obi. Front. (not mirrored)
Obi musubi. Back. (not mirrored)
I would have had more photos but my camera had low battery and died on me after I had taken these. I should have charged it during the night but I forgot... oops.

I'm once again wearing a wig because my real hair looks horrible right now – it's way overgrown to the point I'm ashamed of it lol. I can't even go outside without wearing a hat etc at all times... 

But yeah, is this look a yay or nay? :'D
I'd love some feedback guys!

Nov 15, 2015

KimoNovember – second outfit!

Hello doods and doodettes ~

I'm definitely not doing the KimoNovember in its purest form, aka wearing kimono every day in November. I just can't do it because I'm busy with school and just have a lot of stuff to do that would be inconvenient while wearing kimono. Besides, polar night is fucking with me, haha. The sun is down before I even get home from school, which makes it really hard to get decent photos of my kimono coordinations during weekdays. I'm left with only weekends to get something together and even so I'm still fighting with a really limited time. Hello sun that goes up 8 in the morning and goes down 2 in the day...
Oh well, I did manage to get something together just in time before the sun was completely down. I don't have a photographer though so I'm limited to mirror photos for full-body pics and then the rest by doing selfies lol. It's not like going outside for a photoshoot is even an option though – I haven't seen the sun for weeks! It's just raining day in and day out and it's constantly wet everywhere. If it's not raining then it's this kind of mixed snow and rain.

Enjoy the super blue light from outside.
Impenetrable cloud-wall 11/10.
The kimono is a kind of brownish red (tile color?) with a chequered pattern on it. I like it because I'm fond of red, especially on kimono for some reason. It's a silk kimono, by the way.
I paired it with a dark plum colored haori and a white kaku obi that I'm currently borrowing from my brother. He let me borrow it for a cosplay but I thought it went nicely with this outfit so yeah, I decided to wear it. The juban is fully white.

Mirror photo.
 I'm wearing a cosplay wig because my own hair looks like crap. It's waaay overgrown to the point that I'm embarrassed to go out in public; I can't do it if I'm not wearing a cap or such lol. I really need to go and get it cut because right now I just look like a silly lion or something...

But yeah, some more detail photos!

Body shot.
Collar close-up. This kinda shows the texture of the fabric too.
Obi close-up.
Err, yeah. I don't really know what more to say except that I'm sorry for the continuous mirror photos when it comes to as close of a full-body view as possible. I wish I had a good photographer but I know no one close to me who can use SLR cameras. :/ Oh well...

I'm sure I'll get at least a couple more KimoNovember outfits done so stay tuned!

Nov 4, 2015

KimoNovember – start!

Hello people!

November has started and November means... KimoNovember. A great reason excuse? to wear kimono a bit more than usual! I'm gonna try to be extra active on this blog too, hehe.

This is really nothing to cheer for or anything special but yeah, thought I could share a couple pics anyway of this outfit. So yeah, I quickly threw on my dark plum colored kimono and a blue haori to go with it. If I'm honest I did this as a super-quick test run to see if the colors would be okay for a coming-up-soon cosplay – seems to be good enough, which is a relief haha. The kimono is a tad dark for the character but nothing that's a deal breaker lol; it's also the only one that I have that is plum and not violet in color – so it will have to do for now as it's the most accurate in my possession.

lalalaa ~
 Yes, that's a shirt. I was way too lazy to start searching for my white juban because I've had a lot of stuff moved to new locations recently and yeah, it's a mess in here right now lol.
I also want to apologize for the really shitty light; I took these photos waaaaaay past sunset so the only light I had were these two really yellow and crappy lamps. Otherwise it would have been pitch-black so... eh. *shrugs*

Excuse my super blank face. OTL I was staring at the camera's screen...
For those who are curious the kimono is actually the same one that I'm wearing in this post. Yeah, the yellow light totally screws up the colors. ._.
The kaku obi, by the way, is borrowed from my brother.

I really don't know what more to say. Sorry about this crummy post and the lack of quality photos – I'm honestly not even home from school before the sun has time to set. >_> Say hello to the rapidly approaching winter and the polar night that comes with it...

See ya!

Nov 2, 2015

Unique men's geta with dragon motif!

Hallo again! ~

Remember that earlier post about the two geta pairs I bought? Well, they weren't the only geta that came in that package. ;) You see, during the same time I had spotted these really cool rare geta with a dragon design on! I had never seen anything like that before and of course, because I'm fond of dragons, I had to order the pair. They weren't even expensive!

These were marked as used but appear to be in good condition, save for some signs of wear on some of the corners etc.
I really wonder if they were used for something special because I've never come across especially men's geta that are this fabulous, haha. Always when I see some curiosity, whether it's older or just different from the norm, I always wonder what it's story is. Sometimes I wish that inanimate objects could talk lol. I'm always so fascinated what this kind of looks-to-be-out-of-the-norm items were used for and by whom etc...

Close-up on the dragon artwork.
The dragon art seems to be carved in and the design is spread out on both shoes, overlapping. So if you put both geta next to each other you get a complete picture – it looks cool.

Side view.
View of the underside.
As you can see on the photos above the sides are this kind of traditional reddish orange color. The underside is plain black. The front's background color seems to be some dark blue or black and it's veeery shiny so I guess it's laquered looks like it at least. I'm kinda bad at guessing this kind of stuff.
The hanao are dark blue and seem to be some kind of fabric, it's not as smooth as your average velvet-y (?) hanao but something like that. The fabric appears to be a bit worn on the ends...

One thing I did notice though was that these geta are wide!
Or it could just be me and my small hobbit feet talking...

Dragon geta compared to very ordinary geta.

Even when compared to the same kind of geta (those with the two "teeth" in the bottom) the dragon ones are still wider. I wonder if this is just because the former owner had like extra wide feet or could there be another reason or purpose for it? I always wonder so many things...

Anyone out there who knows more than me and want to spread their knowledge?
Comments welcome! ^.^
Shiro Samurai says bye bye!