I’ve always been a fan of girls in kimono (most notably my first waifu Enma Ai from Jigoku Shoujo) and wanted one for Sora to wear but never had come across a kind that suited her style until just recently – A lot of kimonos in the market had an odd mix of fruity flamboyant colors/patterns and lacked details. This Oiran-style kimono I picked up however had the whole works including a nagajuban decorated in green and pink sakura patterns, a black furisode with asanoha patterns on the collar, a triple ribboned obi, a colorful uchikake, a hair ornament and everything seemed to fit into place. I admire how while the black furisode gives a solemn atmosphere, it’s balanced with the red used in various parts of the set to give off a vibrant feel as well. The black kitsune mask and the red bangasa I had lying around my room looked suitable for the red and black theme so I also incorporated them into the set. The seemingly out of place katana is there because Sora insisted ^^; All I’m missing now are the Getas (sandles) and maybe a couple of those doll sized tatamis and shojis as the kimono theme is surely here to stay. Although dangerous to the wallet, one of the great things about kimonos is that there is plethora of doll sized apparatus for this theme :3 Below are the review pics and also some pics taken at SEN doll photo studio situated in Abiko, Chiba prefecture where I found this gorgeous piece.
The kitsune mask I bought in one of the Dolpas can be worn like so.
Leaves no staining too as far as I can tell. And speaking of masks, I remember trying to create a doll sized Majora’s mask out of wood and failing miserably long ago ;3 The next time I try, I’ll probably create a 3D model and ask someone or some company with a rapid prototyping machine to print it out for me.
Whenever she’s not wearing it, she hangs the mask around her hips like Ririchiyo does.And that’s about it for the review part.
This is how the kimono looked like when I first tried it out at SEN studios. A lot of things didn’t work out the way I wanted it to so it took me a several tries to get it on right. The girl on the left is Arab-san‘s Sakuya btw, who also fancied the kimono. Baradanji-san‘s Reika also got her self a kimono but didn’t have time to take a photo of her. We were all kept pretty busy with our own daughter’s photoshoot and not to mention shopping…
The shop section with loads of clothing.
And here are the shots of all the photobooth I’ve taken for reference. These all fit 1/3 scale dolls and were pretty impressive.
And here are the photos of Sora during this photo session. Although Sora’s right forearm broke at the beginning of the photoshoot and was struck on the back of her head with one of the stage sets due to strong wind, we had a pretty good day nonetheless…^^; There were so many photobooth to choose from!