We did our photo booth gig for them again this year. It was a lot of fun and we were very busy all day. We were unable to get a lot of photos but luckily my mom, sister and niece stopped by and took some.
It is given to the women when she marries, to signify her womanhood has transcended into a married life. It is of a less colourful and attention-drawing than the kimono of unmarried women, but it can be worn by unmarried women too. Directly translated homongi means "visiting wear" and it was very popular among the upperclass women in the Meiji era to wear as a formal dress for going out.
Browsing quickly, it looks like everything on this site is vintage, which could be a disadvantage if you want to wear your kimono, as many old kimono were made for very short people under 5'3". I myself am 5'3" on a good day and when I shop for vintage kimono in person I am often disappointed by the extreme tininess of these pieces. To measure kimono for your body, hold up the shoulders of the kimono and let the bottom edge just touch the floor.
It is a great shop with a huge amount of kimono to fair prices. And they are so kind! The have their base in Osaka, and all items are shipped from Japan.
People celebrate this day to welcome the young men and women, who have turned or will turn the age of 20 during the current year, as new members of society!! The people who have reached the age of twenty get the right to vote and also allowed to smoke and drink. Furisode, the most gorgeous form of Kimono named after its long swinging sleeves, is the most formal Kimono for unmarried women.
A vintage hand-painted Japanese Yamatoku Imari dish. The round dish or plate is made of porcelain, featuring intricate hand-painted sections depicting birds, flowers, trees and geometric motifs, in colors of dark red-orange, cobalt blue, green, and gold lustre. The underside of the rim is hand-painted in cobalt blue, depicting fish.
Thanks for the information about the kimono shop in Japan online and offline. I think you can add the price range for offline kimono shop for the complement. There's also a discussion thread about kimono shopping in Japan in Immortal Geisha Forum I'm kind of lurker and silent reader there hihihi D'oh I forgot to get the link, but the discussion was about Sarcasm Hime's question about kimono shops while she was going to have a trip to Japan back then.
If you know and love someone who collects kimono, you know how difficult shopping for them can be. Hopefully it will offer information on some reliable sellers and suggest some slightly out-of-the-box ideas that will be of interest to kimono collectors without breaking the bank. I have been working on it for quite some time now, and I hope you find it helpful!