Sitting in my child’s furisode that I call a bathrobe, I am reflecting on yesterdays events. Yesterday I decided that I would start to invest time in teleportation technology, testing it on myself, negating the fatal flaw of my molecules being mixed up and ending up a blob of meat at Camden town station. Why you ask? Because I spent a total of 9 hours travelling due to engineering works to be able to spend 3 hours with the girls at KDJ.
It didn’t start out well, the cats were against me going out so I had to throw up my kimono in the air and how it landed was how I was walking out the door. I ended up having 30 minutes to dress in two kimono.
So onto the ensemble anyway…black meisen kimono with white and red waffle style dots with a hint of blue in the middle. This is me with Hong and Isla in Camden, next to a horses head. There were at LOT of such items, stables market has changed since the last time I went, it is more vibrant but also more maze like!
This kimono is normally a tight fit but over a second kimono it opened up a bit much and I could not get a proper line. Two kimono are bulky, I might just invest in thermals for winter kimono outings!
We also went to a green tea bar and I had a green tea with strawberries and cream cocktail.
Then to a restaurant in which we were joined by another kimonoite…
(Photos by April)
Well, it rained on the first kimono de jack and the weather is getting colder. So the next “KDJ” on the 13th of November needs to be catered for. EMS shipping is the only way to get your winter kimono warmers before that date!
So, what do we need:
1. Rain Geta
It rains in the UK and getting wet tabi is no fun. When searching for any kimono item it is best to first navigate straight to the Rakuten kimono page :http://event.rakuten.co.jp/borderless/kimono/ and use the ‘Japanese sandals’ section in ‘Kimono items by Category’.
The kanji is already inserted for you but we need to add to this. I will add the kanji ‘for rain’
(All kanji will be included in a pdf at the end of this post so you can copy and paste)
Now the search results will show waterproof coverings and rain geta. A UK size 7 is best to get a 25cm or large pair, but measure the length of your foot to make sure. Geta and Zori sizes differ from western so take heed of the measurements provided. A pair of Zori roughly weigh 300g so expect the shipping to be £11/12.
2. AMA or Kimono Rain Coat
To find this we are going to use the ‘for rain’ kanji again, but this time directly in the kimono category:
and you will find an array of colours and styles. Rain coats are very light normally so will come up at about 200-300g for shipping.
3. Kimono Shawl
Finding kimono shawls is also super easy, by just using the kanji for shawl in the main kimono category.
and you get an array of items from fluffy to regular shawls.
So there you have it, easy as pie to find winter kimono goods to keep you warm and dry in the great British weather!
And just to promote Kimono De Jack UK again, here are some shots!
I started this blog because I have a terrible need to talk about kimono. I don’t care if you are listening or not, its my obsession. A friend of mine recently described me as a 30 year old that thinks she’s Geisha (and she was a 30 year old who thinks she is a sailor, but that’s another story) so this is my outlet.
I started my love of kimonos at the age of 18, but it didn’t really manifest itself into an obsession until 2 years ago.
Now I have over 70 kimono.
I know most of the kimono rules, but for me kimono is fashion so you will see me mixing formalities, flouting the rules and adding a gothic/loli/cyber twist to ensembles.
Enjoy, and comment if you have the urge