I'm Nao. As you can see; I love kimono! Especially vintage/retro style. I love modern/harajuku style, too, but Taisho roman rules my heart, lol. Anyways! I'm always looking to make some great kimono loving friends!

× thekimonogallery:

1940, Japan.  National Library of the Netherlands
× thekimonogallery:

[detail] of bureaucrats partying in late 19th century Japan.  Image via Okinawa Soba on Flickr
× nihon-no-ningyou:

A silk-faced oiran doll. Oiran were Edo Period courtesans (and unfortunately, often indentured servants from impoverished families) who were trained in traditional Japanese arts, such as playing koto (a harp-like Japanese instrument), calligraphy, and the tea ceremony. They dressed in colorful, multilayered kimonos, brocade obis tied in front, and elaborate hairstyles with numerous hair ornaments. The most successful oiran were regarded as celebrities and were often the subjects of woodblock prints.
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× thekimonogallery:

1940, Japan.  National Library of the Netherlands