Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Kanji Pendants

We have posted ready made kanji pendants on our amazon marketplace shop this week 

Fuurin kazan (風林火山) "Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain"

The full battle emblem used by daimyo, Takeda Shingen is from a quote from Sun Tzu's The Art of War and can be translated as follows:

疾如風 as swift as wind
徐如林 as orderly as forest,
侵掠如火 as fierce as fire
不動如山 as unshakeable as mountain

You may like to try designing your own pendants on our sister website:

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Kimono Design Accessories

Japanese Pendants

Our new colourful Kimono range of ceramic accessories include kanzashi hairsticks and doughnut shaped pendants.  

Japanese Hairpins

 The kanzashi come with a wavy stick to ensure a more secure hold in your hair.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Kimono Measurements

Many of our kimono gown customers are replacing a kimono that they have purchased while visiting Japan.  A good place to start when choosing the size of your new kimono is to compare key measurements such as length, front panel width, and back width.  Today we have launched diagrams in our kimono gallery pages which show all the measurements you will need to make a comparison with your current kimono gown and ours.

The kimono diagrams also illustrate the type of sleeve a particular gown has. For example the gown in the figure above has sleeves which are attached to the kimono body at their base. In addition, the opening can be seen to be the full length of the sleeve drop. In contrast, the the gown shown below has long sleeves which are detached from the kimono body at their underside and the arm openings are restricted to the upper section of the sleeves.

Example of gown with sleeves with partial opening.