10. Your biggest kimono inspiration.
I always look at what geisha and maiko are wearing, all year 'round.
The Kyoto houses pay so much attention to the language of kimono, and I can almost always find the answer to my questions by what someone is wearing. "What on earth do I put with colours like these?! Auuugh! This colour chart doesn't help!" Ooh, that maiko is wearing something similar... OMG THERE IS THE ANSWER! It was here the whole time! Now, how do I get an obi as nice as that one?
|A popular postcard photo - two maiko of Kyoto in Autumn.|
This, of course, only fuels my desire for more kimono... to be like them: to be iki.
Next, "My kimono collection."