Why I don’t mind paying for EMS with Rakuten…

OK, so I ordered 2 nagajuban and a obiage/obijime set for my holidays on Saturday the 26th of March.

Here is the tracking from parcelforce:

30-03-2011 08:57 Birmingham South Depot Delivered
30-03-2011 04:22 Birmingham South Depot Loaded to vehicle for delivery
30-03-2011 03:55 Birmingham South Depot Received at delivery depot
30-03-2011 00:35 National Hub Received and processed
29-03-2011 23:22 International Hub Forwarded for UK processing
29-03-2011 23:20 International Hub Received in destination country
29-03-2011 01:27 Delivery Agent – TOKYO – PTT Forwarded for export
28-03-2011 15:15 Delivery Agent – JAPAN Collected from customer

Basically shipped Monday afternoon Japan time, on the truck for delivery to me on the Wednesday. The shipping for three items was 3020 yen (£24) and the 3 items cost 5060 yen (£37.99).

Did I mention they were two synthetic white Ro Nagajuban 150cm long and this Ro obiage/obijime set?

Ro Obiage and Obijime Set

Ro, Ro, Ro your boat, gently down the stream….

Ro HitoeI didn’t misspell row. Its a play on a gauze like summer kimono material! I have finally uploaded my Ro collection to flickr and just wanted to show you.

On my right is a lovely lilac Ro hitoe kimono which I got for a stupidly low price on auction. The featured image was the same, below $10. I do wonder about lighter colours so this was a bit of an impulse bid.

I have two ro obi but no ro obiage or obijime which I will fix at some point but I am not going to worry too much about it. I will probably go for for a cream colour in both or a very neutral colour so I only need to have one set.

It doesn’t get that hot in the UK and yukata are fun and cheaper to accessorise. They are also a lot easier to get 🙂

My first kimono was a yukata and pre-tied obi, they are easy to learn kitsuke in. My first awase kimono was synthetic as I was too worried about the expense, condition and fragility of vintage silk kimono. Long gone are those days 🙂