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Welcome to the Official Immortal Geisha & Kimono Asobi wiki!

Over the years we've amassed large amounts of information on the Immortal Geisha Forums ranging across various categories: geisha, kimono, traditional arts, to name a few. We felt it was time to finally gather this information into one easy to access place and with the help of a wonderful team of volunteers graciously donating their time to write articles, this wiki has come to be.

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Featured Article - Wafuku

Wafuku (和服, literally Japanese clothing) is a general term for all types of traditional Japanese clothing, including Kimono and other items, originally coined to differentiate Japanese-style clothing from Western clothing in the Meiji era, prior to which "kimono" or "kirumono" had been used as general terms simply meaning "clothing."

The history of wafuku starts in the period of prehistory known as the Jōmon period, which began circa 14,000 BCE. The previous Paleolithic age (which covers a period starting some time after 50,000 BCE and ends with the end of the last ice age, which corresponds roughly with the start of the Jōmon period) was a time during which people were probably already living on the Japanese archipelago.However, it is in the Jōmon that the first signs of civilization and stable living patterns appeared.

Wafuku (mostly kimono and related garments) is still regularly worn in Japan both by those who have an interest in traditional clothing and by those who wear it for religious, artistic, or occupational reasons.

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Featured Picture

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A young woman models a jūnihitoe, a
12-layered formal court dress worn by
women during the Heian period.
To read more about the intricate colour
layering scheme of jūnihitoe, click here

Featured Motif
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Bishamon Kikkou with inset matsu (pine) &
kiri (paulownia) on fukuro obi.
To read more about kikkou as a motif, click here

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