All posts tagged kimono

The most realistic dogs I’ve ever seen


I honestly think anyone who makes kimono lived/lives in a world completely devoid of most animals, but at the very least they do not have dogs.  It’s like they take notes when someone else describes a dog, then they draw a dog based on that description.  (I honestly think they’re kind often kind of cute, in their own ways, but they are seriously wrong.)

Let’s start with the examples:


First, that is clearly a polar bear cub and the second dog looks like it could be the lead in Phantom of the Opera.

In the larger picture you see that the polar bear is also being haunted by a real dog’s spirit.  (p.s. in some Japanese myths spirits don’t have feet…  In this picture though, they’re either in snow or the artist really, really, really hates drawing feet.)


Then there is this.  The little greyhound (pun) got Stumpy’s leg, it’s much too big for him.  Apparently some dogs have two legs on their left side, but usually they only have the one.  Still, there are never legs on their right.


If perhaps you thought it was just an isolated incident, but you’d be wrong.  The puppies seemed to have gotten left hind legs, but that the expense of their right.


When they are lucky enough to have two in the back chose to walk on those.  [Honestly that little dude comes pretty close, but you’d have an easier time convincing me it was a ferret or a rat or a weasel.]


In general, they just don’t have the ‘how animals on 4 legs work’ concept down: the back legs are huge.


As for the “so off that I don’t even think someone who had seen a dog described it to the artist, I think they were just quoting someone else’s description when they told him” category:



(Not as ‘serious’ an attempt at the first ones, but the paws…)


At any rate, it’s a bit disheartening to see something executed pretty well…

but the artist forgot to ask what colors they were.


Bonus- the actual winners of the Ichiroya online shop:
Unfortunately, the sellers didn’t think that the most accurate drawings of dogs were worth their own photos (without cutting bits off.) Figures.


kitsuke practice

Miyako-musubi attempt

As you can see, it didn’t turn out well.

Random photos taken at the Gion Festival

relax flavored water

hippie kimono

Hello Kitty silkworm cocoons-  The sign says “same product as normal one” (in English.)

How to get customers to stop at your store:

install misters outside the front.

On the other hand, if you want to keep customers OUT:

do unholy things to a statue.

Don’t ask what’s going on in the back seat of a taxi with a heart that lights up.

The PTA members successfully secured their legacy through the commissioning of a mural.  Now everyone will know that the moms at the school are giant, angry,  controlling, crazy bitches.  (The kids don’t look all that happy either.  Guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.)

Real, nice photos can be found here.

Kimono Yukata Hime

Just some pictures from the yukata display at the local Jusco.  I thought it might be interesting to people who like kimono or who amuse themselves by looking at Japanese fashion for laughs.

First was the normal-ish section, mix-and-match yukata and tsuke-obi and geta. Tsuke-obi, for those not familiar, are pre-tied so all you do is wrap it around you and cram the bow in the back. And yet, you need a DVD to figure it out.
(P.s. It’s ‘step 1: make the bottom even, then tie a string sightly above your hips
step 2: straighten out the top and collar, folding it over the bit you just tied
step 3: tie again slightly higher up on the waist
step 4: tie the flat bit of the tsuke-obi around that, tie strings on the ends, slide it around to the back
step 5: cram bow in the back)

In “kimono hime” (kimono princess) fashion, they’re trying to get you to buy these things too now:

lace socks, obijime, ?????? something to dangle over the top of the obi (like a haori-himo), and han-eri

and also heko obi.

If you’re just not into yukata, you can try the less traditional gothic-lolita style yukata:

At 13600 yen, it’s actually slightly cheaper than a ‘traditional’ yukata (at this store,) even without the heko obi, obijime, lace socks, and han’eri they’re trying to get you to buy too now (What’s actually needed? A yukata and an obi [and maybe geta.])  The sizes are only for children though, which somehow makes pushing your twisted fashion sense onto an under-aged child more disturbing.

In the end, you’re supposed to look like this:

Since there is no reason why they couldn’t have turned one of the mannequins around to show the bow, I can only assume you’re supposed to tie the bow in front like an Edo-era prostitute.

India/ blackface

Haori lining: