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  • Sep 16, 2009
Japanese version of Cinderella's glass slipper. A woman in Kimono is a woman with power unrivalled by any. It is THE epitome of beauty in Japanese eyes and it is indeed a most glamourous event to adorn a Kimono and present oneself to the world in that sense. Kimono is glamorous and refined. It is that of the highest order in fashion sense. To dress oneself up in kimono, one has to be psychologically prepared and be in the mood for it. Else, you won't look right. I might be exaggerating but that sounds about right to me. Don't you think?

Well, I've seen with my very own eyes how beautiful a piece of garment can be and I hold the highest regard for the Japanese Kimono. Every thread and every piece is a work of art. To experience what I mean, try to find a kimono in your local museum. Sometimes if you are lucky, you'd find them. Some kimono that are on display in Japanese stores are displayed exactly like a museum art piece. No touching allowed! Oh, you can be rest assured you'd want to touch. Badly! It's so beautiful sometimes you might even feel your own misty eyes! And when you see a Geisha or Geiko adorned in one, it's a sight to behold and to shoot (cameras on auto mode, click, click, click....!!!) Sheer Silk at its finest!


Kimono are worned mostly during weddings and festivities like the New Year. If you want to truly see kimono in the daily lives of the Japanese, the best place would be Kyoto and Nara, 2 ancient cities of Japan. You can also find many stores selling kimono in Tokyo should you wish to see their glories. If I remember correctly, departmental stores like Tobu and Seibu in Akihabara & Matsuzakaya & Mitsukoshi in Ginza do have them on the upper floors of their stores. Go right up to the top and you'll often find either stores or exhibitions of Japanese cultural displays and kimono. Best of luck! 

In addition, if you'd like to try one on, make sure you've at least 30 mins to an hour to spare! It takes a long time to dress one up in kimono. And then you have to take them off piece by piece too. It's no joke! Japanese men must be very patient, hehe...


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April 16, 2010
I love the fact that your reviews and lists are always so beautifully illustrated! Have you seen the Cinese film CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER? The costumes and sets in it are so breath taking--they are almost characters themselves.
April 17, 2010
Thank you!!! I took those 2 pix of the maiko in Kyoto. They are absolutely gorgeous, aren't they? I bumped into their performances at the Heian Shrine when in Kyoto. Love the colors and intricacies on those Kimonos. If you've a chance, Kyoto in Spring time is a must! Yes, I did see the Curse of the Golden Flower. Chinese cinema's have exotic pieces, especially period drama. The same goes for Korean Drama. I highly recommend Dae Jang Geum (Jewel in the Palace) if you haven't watch it. It's a tv drama but it's the best! Very popular in Asia for the longest time!
April 17, 2010
I don't know if I'll ever have the opportunity to see it, but I'll make a note of it just in case! Those are wonderful pictures. You were lucky to happen upon them.
November 30, 2009
Very interesting. A friend of mine wore a kimono for her wedding and she simply looked astounding when I saw her. I didn't know it takes about 30 minutes to get the outift together, then again, most things I know about Japanese culture are their movies, weapons and cuisine. good thing I am pretty patient--patience is a virtue you know ;-).
November 30, 2009
Haha... are you dating a Japanese woman right now? That's a good way to up the patience factor! ;-)
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A most beautiful Japanese traditional costume! Dressed in one and you'll feel like a Cinderella on her glass slippers! Exotic & Spectacular!
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The kimono (着物is a Japanese traditional garment worn by women, men and children. "Kimono" means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing") in Japanese, has come to denote these full-length robes. 

Kimonos are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn and wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial, it's right over left!), and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimonos are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially geta or zori) and split-toe socks (tabi)

Today, kimonos are mostly worn on special occasions by women. Men only wear the kimono at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other special or very formal occasions. Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in the kimono as a requirement.
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