A Japanese rock band releasing an album in the UK? (Gazette, Division)

Yes indeedy, with an oiran themed cover I might add.

JPU Records is a newly established record label based in the UK. Our first release, DIVISION by the GazettE is out now from iTunes (http://goo.gl/C66h5), Amazon MP3 (http://goo.gl/0jnHA) and available to pre-order on CD http://goo.gl/JLzYn

and a video:

Give some love to a new British company on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JPUrecords

Kimono Challenge 11 – Your kimono collection!

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration:
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.

 

Well, I have kindly sorted out and added my kimono collection to this blog for you:

 

Pulled in dynamically from my flickr account 🙂

Easy as pie and my obsession laid out for all to see. You can see my favourite themes running though my collection, red, black and purple for most part!

I have tried to add more colours recently but still find I actually WEAR red with black or purple most often than not.

I have added more pink as typically I like purple and pink, as well as upping my accessories for a more multi-colour theme look. I think I decided this when one of the fashion shows we did, EVERY outfit was red/black or purple!!!

I like all colours, apart from beige. Beige is the devils colour. I will even take brown or grey (considered boring colours by myself), if it is paired with a brighter colour. I have a wonderful brown meisen kimono with bright aqua blue shapes.

Also don’t tell me it’s ‘sand’ and not beige. It’s beige, Lucifer is known by many names.

Origin of the challenge:

Blogs participating in the challenge:

 

Kimono Challenge 5 – Favourite co-ordination so far…

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration.
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.

 

I have old faithfuls in everything, kimono is no exection. However my favourite ‘posh’ co-ordination in my purple furisode. I have used this many times for myself and shows:

Baka Hime Furisode (2)

and for ‘shopping and kimono de jack’ my failthful black and red co-ordinations..again overused at shows and photoshoots by me!

Bit messy, but experimenting for KDJ

Red and Black Kitsuke

Kimono Lunch/Meetup Birmingham

We have found another member who wears kimono in my local area so I set up a lunch with the three of us (making 4 kimono wearers):

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=227655290584108

If you are based in or around Birmingham, West  Midlands (UK) we are meeting at Woktastic, Paradise Forum at around 1pm.

Its not an exclusive event but the kimono theme will be prominent!

However it is a local lunch for local people, capiche!

If you want national events there is always kimono de jack UK!!!

 

Kimono de Jack Birmingham (UK)

Well it was a great day out as always. We ate sausage, had chocolate covered fruit, mulled wine, waffles, Dutch pancakes and visited the Staffordshire hoard. Fortunately I kept myself to a sausage and chocolate covered fruit as as the following photos prove…..I really have put on weight and need to do something about it 🙁

We have new members though, so our outing totalled 8! 9 with a long suffering kimono other half belonging to Hong. My kimono was synthetic purple base with funky 1960’s mod type dots and a polka dot juban and collar. My coat was a superb $0.99 buy from eBay and has cherries on it. I really want a cherry kimono. The photos are by Lyuba

Notice that the white wall in the background has NOTHING, I said NOTHING on my complexion.

Also the day before was the party and kimono/kitsuke demo but once Lyuba has her photos of the group up I will do a post about that one. But this was my kimono ensemble:

Also if you feel the need for some kimono/Christmas related cheer, here is a good Christmas and kimono shot of Lyuba:

Kimono de Jack Christmas postcard material!

April also posted this picture of my taiko musubi which looks surprisingly neat even though I had such a fuss to get it right. My obi was thinner than most, stupidly long and I broke my makura. I was trying to do a nijuudaiko musubi, but failed!

It’s cold and raining – Winter for Kimono De Jack

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!

Kanji: here