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by ainokimono
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Administration Announcements
Topic: Bug and Error Reports
Replies: 12
Views: 5136

Re: Bug and Error Reports

Siren , it looks like Photobucket has gone pay-only for photo-embedding (and been completely over-run by ads grrr). Since many members, myself included, have been using Photobucket for years, it will appear that most of the photos are broken. This sucks, but there's nothing we can do - it will be u...
by ainokimono
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Storage, Cleaning, and General Care
Topic: moving your wafuku
Replies: 6
Views: 772

Re: moving your wafuku

The last few times I've moved, I tied up my tatoshi-wrapped kimono in bundles of 10, packed most of my other kimono and obi (and Kimono Salon magazines as space fillers) in Korea Post boxes. Some of my kimono, obi and odds and ends went in Ziploc XXL totes. My accessories are in random small boxes, ...
by ainokimono
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Makeup and Hair
Topic: For the Back of the Maiko hairdo
Replies: 4
Views: 1607

Re: For the Back of the Maiko hairdo

I just tried searching on eBay and there is no listing with that item number
by ainokimono
Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Arts
Topic: Any Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) Practitioners?
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Re: Any Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) Practitioners?

Yes!!! *waves hands in the air* :love: I've been working on a masterpost idea, so your post was the kick I needed to get it up on IG LOL Hopefully it will be brimming with info and discussion once people find it and contribute :sword: :samurai_05: http://www.immortalgeisha.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f...
by ainokimono
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Arts
Topic: Shodo! Discussion and Resources
Replies: 0
Views: 485

Shodo! Discussion and Resources

I know there are quite a few members, including myself, who love shodo (Japanese calligraphy) - and quite a a few who are interested, but don't know where to start. Let's use this thread to share and review resources, announce events, create a directory of shodo teachers/classes, and encourage each ...
by ainokimono
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Tutorials: Men's Kitsuke
Topic: Is it weird to wear a tonbi-coat ?
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: Is it weird to wear a tonbi-coat ?

It would be like wearing a Victorian men's cape coat. It could look costumey or it could look really stylish - it all depends on how you style it!
by ainokimono
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Administration Announcements
Topic: Bug and Error Reports
Replies: 12
Views: 5136

Re: Bug and Error Reports

We're still working on things behind-the-scenes and have the profile settings set at minimal info. We'll update everyone when things are back in full swing! :sword:
by ainokimono
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Geisha and Maiko
Topic: Full list of Misedashi dates
Replies: 20
Views: 2189

Re: Full list of Misedashi dates

This news comes from @kyoto_insider on Instagram. He lives in Kyoto and frequently mingles with the karyukai set. Since we don't know who he heard the news from, I would refrain from questioning his credibility. Best to just wait and see for ourselves :wink:
by ainokimono
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Administration Announcements
Topic: Bug and Error Reports
Replies: 12
Views: 5136

Re: Bug and Error Reports

Yokodana - It's April Fool's Day, so we had some fun setting the word filters - maybe too much fun LOL Don't worry, we will reset the proper filter in a few hours :popcorn:
by ainokimono
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Administration Announcements
Topic: WELCOME BACK!
Replies: 22
Views: 8937

Re: WELCOME BACK!

Pinku_Taanipu As Immortal Geisha said in her post above, your signature is only visible in your profile. If you click your username, you will see your signature at the bottom of your profile. Signatures on the boards have been disabled indefinitely, until we have taken care of more urgent matters r...
by ainokimono
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Geisha and Maiko
Topic: Full list of Misedashi dates
Replies: 20
Views: 2189

Re: Full list of Misedashi dates

Gikuyu - I have added the entire list from stéfan2009's original IG1.0 post. Feel free to clean up and edit as you wish :sword:
by ainokimono
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Administration Announcements
Topic: Bug and Error Reports
Replies: 12
Views: 5136

Re: Bug and Error Reports

Yes, this is part of Firefox's latest update. The browser will now automatically alert you if the URL you are navigating to doesn't begin with "https://" and it does this by making it look very scary and serious. It is just as safe to continue to a normal "http:" URL as it is on any other browser. T...
by ainokimono
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Geisha and Maiko
Topic: Full list of Misedashi dates
Replies: 20
Views: 2189

Re: Full list of Misedashi dates

FYI We are still in the process of transferring over posts and threads from the old forums. If you see a major post/thread isn't here yet, please ask us about it - we wouldn't want you to waste your time recreating a huge post like this if it's being transferred anyway :smile:
by ainokimono
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials

Wow, really? That's excellent news! I really just clicked on a random site to give you an example - so glad it turned out to be exactly what you needed! Have fun 'couching' :)
by ainokimono
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Making Kimono and Obi
Topic: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials
Replies: 5
Views: 707

Re: Kimono and obi repair: Embroidery materials

The techique of laying a thread on top of the fabric and sewing it down with another thread is called "couching." You need to find a thick gold or metallic thread to lay down and an orange/red thread to sew it down. I have a few kimono that need the same repair, so my last few trips to Japan, I spec...
by ainokimono
Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Who is this Geisha, Maiko, Tayuu, etc.?
Topic: Maiko with Kimura Takuya
Replies: 1
Views: 439

Maiko with Kimura Takuya

ainokimono: I was obsessing about Kimura Takuya and (on top of finding him dancing as an Onnagata ) found this really old picture of him and a cute Maiko. Not exactly aure why he's wearing a bathrobe, but the maiko looks familiar. I imagine this is about 10 years ago, sine Taku-san is 35 now, so I ...
by ainokimono
Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:25 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Kanoemi - Gion Higashi - Kanoya Okiya [Retired]
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: Kanoemi - Gion Higashi - Kanoya Okiya [Retired]

ainokimono: [Moved from separate thread & cross posted to Kanoyumi thread] During the Shabekuri007 2013 New Year Special, two guys from Shabekuri007 went on a date with a TV announcer in Kyoto. Near the end of the date, she took them to a traditional restaurant called 本家 鳥初 (Honke Torihatsu) for wh...
by ainokimono
Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:25 am
Forum: Individual Geisha and Maiko Threads
Topic: Kanoyumi - Gion Higashi - Kanoya Okiya [Retired]
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Kanoyumi - Gion Higashi - Kanoya Okiya [Retired]

ainokimono: [Moved from separate thread & cross posted to Kanoemi thread] During the Shabekuri007 2013 New Year Special, two guys from Shabekuri007 went on a date with a TV announcer in Kyoto. Near the end of the date, she took them to a traditional restaurant called 本家 鳥初 (Honke Torihatsu) for wha...
by ainokimono
Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:09 am
Forum: Geisha and Maiko
Topic: Hanamachi versus Kagai
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: Hanamachi versus Kagai

There is a very informative article on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanamachi

According to the footnotes, both kagai and hanamachi can be used to pronounce the kanji '花街'
by ainokimono
Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Kimono and Kitsuke Book/Documentary Reviews
Topic: [J] Shufu no Tomo - Kimono flowers blossom time
Replies: 20
Views: 1152

Re: [J] Shufu no Tomo - Kimono flowers blossom time

kkk i just ordered it now, too! Thanks for the recommendation! I've been having a hard time coordinating some of the Taisho items I have, so any visual COLOR references are helpful. That and being able to tell what kind of photos a book has, just from it's cover on amazon.co.jp is impossible. So, th...
by ainokimono
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Kimono and Kitsuke Book/Documentary Reviews
Topic: Haru no Oshare [J] [Image Heavy] - LINKS IN COMMENTS NEED UPDATING ONCE RELEVANT POSTS ARE UP
Replies: 29
Views: 1368

Re: Haru no Oshare [J] [Image Heavy] - LINKS IN COMMENTS NEED UPDATING ONCE RELEVANT POSTS ARE UP

No worries - it's not like they have a flashing "SEE THIS PAGE IN ENGLISH!!" screaming across the page :) Sometimes it's not even there. Anyways, you won't regret ordering any of this series - my eyes get all misty-like when I think about them :smil3: Glad I could help!
by ainokimono
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Kimono and Kitsuke Book/Documentary Reviews
Topic: Haru no Oshare [J] [Image Heavy] - LINKS IN COMMENTS NEED UPDATING ONCE RELEVANT POSTS ARE UP
Replies: 29
Views: 1368

Re: Haru no Oshare [J] [Image Heavy] - LINKS IN COMMENTS NEED UPDATING ONCE RELEVANT POSTS ARE UP

Amazon japan has English service. Look around the item page for the "see this page in English" link. The checkout is entirely in English too and they will show you your totals in US dollars. If you follow the link in the first post, you can just copy and paste the author's name into the Amazon websi...
by ainokimono
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Kimono and Kitsuke Book/Documentary Reviews
Topic: Haru no Oshare [J] [Image Heavy] - LINKS IN COMMENTS NEED UPDATING ONCE RELEVANT POSTS ARE UP
Replies: 29
Views: 1368

Re: Haru no Oshare [J] [Image Heavy] - LINKS IN COMMENTS NEED UPDATING ONCE RELEVANT POSTS ARE UP

I just ordered the newest one to complete the set - I've also got an obidome book by the same person. I never get bored of looking at the gorgeous kimono - so much so that the books are always on my side table! They've never even touched the bookshelf *^_^*
by ainokimono
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Tanuki Party Options and Seasonality
Topic: Hiki Motif Assistance
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Hiki Motif Assistance

Water has different symbolism for different seasons. In winter seas are rough, hence crashing waves. In spring and summer water flows gracefully. In autumn water carries fallen leaves. I'm not sure about seigaha (sp?) - those ocean waves that look like rainbows.

I love water motif :katana:
by ainokimono
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Tanuki Party Options and Seasonality
Topic: Hiki Motif Assistance
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Hiki Motif Assistance

Ookini to all - please keep the comments and suggestions coming as I am learning so much and I really appreciate all of the fantastic information. So - all in all - I imagine it's a Hiki meant for Late Winter - Early Spring, then? With all the flowers. I really feel bad wearing it in July - BUT it's...
by ainokimono
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Tanuki Party Options and Seasonality
Topic: Hiki Motif Assistance
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Hiki Motif Assistance

That's a gorgeous design :drooldrool: Congrats! The hiki appears to be awase (fully lined) and not a ro or sha weave, so it's not a summer hiki. It's more likely a winter or spring hiki since I see spring flowers in the cups. (Please correct me if I'm wrong!) It's an awesome design though and I'm re...
by ainokimono
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Tanuki Party Options and Seasonality
Topic: Bamboo obi
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Bamboo obi

It seems to me that the bamboo is shaped into a tatewaku pattern. Tatewaku can represent steam, presumably from oncoming warm spring temperatures and so could be considered a spring motif. Since your obi is lined and such a rich red, and the pattern hints at spring, I propose that it would be suitab...
by ainokimono
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Motif Central
Topic: ID: Tabane Noshi
Replies: 10
Views: 677

Re: ID: Tabane Noshi

This is the third kimono I bought:

Image

Beautiful royal blue with pink and white flowery tabanenoshi :lovelove
And here is me in it!
by ainokimono
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: Motif Central
Topic: ID: Tsubaki
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Re: ID: Tsubaki

Those are tsubaki (camelia). Tsubaki have few, flat petals, with varying degrees of a hill-shaped stamen and are normally depicted in red or white. Botan have more layers of petals, with a flat, usually yellow dotted stamen. :)
by ainokimono
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Kimono and Kitsuke Book/Documentary Reviews
Topic: JP - Showa Modern Kimono - Vintage kimono illustrations
Replies: 11
Views: 760

Re: :jp Showa Modern Kimono - Vintage kimono illustrations

I have this one and i have to say it's a pretty, pretty, pretty little book :) i love this era - especially the short hairstyles. The thing I love about this book is the COLORS! It's so hard to get a sense of the colors of the time period from photographs, so to have such a detailed color reference ...
by ainokimono
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Kimono and Kitsuke Book/Documentary Reviews
Topic: :eng Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco & Modernism In Japan
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: :eng Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco & Modernism In Japan

Wow~ great review, thanks! I lovelovelove the designs from this period and as most of the really nice ones I've found are too small and too expensive, it's nice to able to have them at hand in book form. I've been eyeing this one but the cost of shipping has held me back. After reading the review, t...
by ainokimono
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Kimono and Kitsuke Book/Documentary Reviews
Topic: 着物Begin (Vol. 1), Men's kimono
Replies: 4
Views: 483

Re: 着物Begin (Vol. 1), Men's kimono

I have this one (Asano Tadanobu? In kimono? Hello~~ LOL). It's got lots of pics and how to's and lots of pics. I'd recommend it.

I got mine from Amazon Japan. The item descriptions are in Japanese, but the shopping cart and checkout systems can be used in English.
by ainokimono
Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:30 am
Forum: Motif Central
Topic: ID: Autumn Maple Leaves
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: ID: Autumn Maple Leaves

Since the kimono is fully lined, it's for autumn :)
by ainokimono
Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Storage, Cleaning, and General Care
Topic: [Mega Thread] Kimono/wafuku & Komono Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 3936

Re: [Mega Thread] Kimono/wafuku & Komono Storage

As long as your collection has its own space, is protected from the elements (and flora and fauna) and isn't crumpled and cramped, you're good to go :) My collection started on a shelf in my closet, eventually took over my closet and then moved out onto shelves I bought for them. Demanding collectio...