So Much To Do, So Little Time

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I continue to work on my new www.wafuku.co.uk website but am still transferring all the stock from the old site to the new one. I really did have a vast selection of stock on my site and I am having to adjust every photo to be able to display it on my new site (all need to be square and many need adjusted because the colour or clarity was off). Still, I just keep doing a little at a time and the new site is already well stocked, even though there is a vast amount of things still to go onto it.

Having an ecommerce site also means one has to do an awful lot of social media posting if the site is to appear in Google without being lost way, way back in their search results. The loss of all my site’s photos a while back created thousands of broken links on the site which made Google shunt it way down deep in the search results and I never did manage to replace every photo and clear those damaging broken links but the new incarnation of my wafuku.co.uk website has no broken links, so I have started the long, slow task of trying to raise it from the depths of Google to gradually rank higher in the search pages and hopefully get it back to the high position it had in them before the photos problem developed and hit it hard.  This means that, along with everything else, I am so busy that I just can’t do everything I feel I need or want to be doing, so this is why it I don’t manage to add posts to this blog very often, but I’d really like to do it more. I am pleased to have found time tonight to finally add this one.


I’ve been watching an Amazon tv show about Japan and it is full of interesting information. For example, I learned that Kokichi Mikimoto was the first to develop cultured pearls, back in 1893 and, at the Paris Exposition 1937, a piece from Japan, the Yaguruma sash clip, was the sensation of the Expo. It had 41 cultured pearls among all its jewels and it could be disassembled and reconfigured into separate pieces. You can see it in the picture below. Isn’t it magnificent and a wonderful feat of design?


 

This wonderful piece below is a large rug. I’ve just been learning about the designer, Kiyoyuki (Ken) Okuyama, who also designed, among other things, the Enzo Ferarri and a Japanese Bullet Train, both vehicles designed purely based on aerodynamics, every part of those two designs based on that, rather than on aesthetics, yet producing vehicles that are actually very beautiful. This carpet, however, is a fantastic piece of purely aesthetic design, neatly tricking the eye into seeing rolling water. One for the wall as much as the floor.


 

These cat themed hanhaba obi are among the most recent items I have added to my website. I rather love these kitteh obi.

Starburst and cats. I have this in purple too, which I’ll add to the website in a few days.

These next ones have whole crowds of cats. The website also has this in a few other colours.

 

 

In the following one, the designer has played with the popular, traditional Japanese motif of hexagons (representing the turtle/tortoise, a symbol of longevity), transforming it into cats. A contemporary twist on a traditional motif.

 

 

Finally a very sneaky cat indeed, a cat amongst the hounds-tooth. Another contemporary, catty twist on a traditional motif.

All these obi are reversible, with very different designs on the reverse. This houndstooth one has an opposite side of plain green with paying card suits in the weave.

Now, if you want your hanhaba obi’s animal feature to, instead, be in the form of a cute animal musubi (obi knot), check out Kawarashiya’s YouTube channel, which has instruction videos for lots of fun ways to tie a hanhaba obi. Here you see the bear, elephant, rabbit, pig (in sunglasses) and mouse. I especially like the mouse.
Check it out here… https://www.youtube.com/user/ayou1226/videos


 

I thought I’d show you this picture because I love these bamboo basket weave stools in this Japanese cafe.


 

Isn’t this samurai suit of armour magnificent? Not only designed to protect the samurai during battle but also to induce fear in the opponent and, as the likelihood of death in battle was high, the samurai also wanted to look good in death and a suit of exquisite, opulent armour like this would certainly ensure that.


 

Here is a rather delightful, vintage photo of a woman in kimono, in around 1930s, relaxing with a book (found via @mariaria on Instagram), which made me think of the postcard below it, called “Genroku Beauty”, from 1907 and by Ichijô Narumi.

 

I think I’ll now slip into my nightdress and kimono and will also relax with a book for what little is left of this evening.

 


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.


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One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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Happy Easter!

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HAPPY EASTER! 

tabi bunny ears picture

I hope it is as sunny where you are as it is here in www.wafuku.co.uk‘s part of Scotland today and that you are enjoying your Easter weekend.


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One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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Tweaks and Changes – Improving The New Website

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I’ve been tweaking my new www.wafuku.co.uk website.

I was driven mad by the lack of menu-with-sub-menu options offered by my new site provider but I have just discovered Filters that allow me to put a sort of menu on main product pages, so that the main menu doesn’t need to have every single category and sub category on it, which had made it ridiculously long.

Now, for example, the main menu has the category Women on it, when you got to that Women page you see a menu of garment types to select from, so you can filter all the women’s clothes down to just a specific type. Also, if you choose Women/Kimono, which displays all of the women’s kimonos, there is now a list there of kimono pages (just 3 at the moment but there will be 12 or more, as I have hundreds more kimonos to put on the site) because. Each Women’s Kimono Page will have 40 kimonos on it (you see 12, then click the See More button at the bottom, so 2 clicks of that lets you see all 40; it won’t let me set it to all 40 at once). With about 600 women’s kimonos alone on the site, once I’ve had a chance to put all the stock on, it was going to be a nightmare to scroll all the way to the end of them on the page with all the kimonos on it, so this method of putting filters on main pages makes life easier for people browsing the site.

I am sure there will be lots of tweaks here and there in the forthcoming weeks. I’ll get back to adding lots more stock after the weekend. The more things I add, the more categories will be filled up too, at the moment some categories have no stock in them yet, so those categories don’t show up until they do.


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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It’s Live! The New Wafuku.co.uk Website Is Now Online.

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The new www.wafuku.co.uk website is now live. It is up and running and ready to browse, with a new look, additional payment methods and mobile phone friendly too. This one is also GDPR compliant, which is a relief, as I simply didn’t know how, on my previous site, to provide the essential pop up required for that, so having that done is a weight off my mind.

Fingers crossed that it all works ok. It should but only time will tell. The original site served me well for a very long time and I am a touch sad to see it go but it is pleasing to have a fresh new look.

I’ve still got hundreds of stock items to add to it but I’ll just keep working on it steadily.

If you love vintage kimonos and other fabulous Japanese clothing and collectables, check out the new version of the website at http://www.wafuku.co.uk.


 

You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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New Website Coming Any Day Now

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A new wafuku.co.uk website is coming any day now. A new wafuku.co.uk website is coming any day now. From today, the original website is gone. I’ve been working on a new website and my current host has now shut down the original site but BT, with whom my domain is registered, is being hideously slow at connecting the domain name to the new site. I’d hoped it would stay online until the switch over was done but time ran out and I would have had to pay for another year with my current web host to keep it online until the new one had the wafuku.co.uk domain transferred to it, so, for now, my site is completely offline. Hopefully it will go live within a few days.

The new site will be GDPR compliant, mobile phone friendly and, hopefully, offer additional payment options other than just PayPal. The two things I am not happy with on the new site are photos having to be square (so I am having to make square thousands and thousands of photos), and the menu having to be across the top, rather than a left side menu, because that site provider doesn’t have a side menu with drop sub-menus, only a top menu offers drop sub-menus, so I am stuck with having it at the top, as sub-menus are crucial on my site.

The original site had many photos missing since the Photobucket debacle, although I had managed to replace thousands of them, I just hadn’t managed to restore them all, there were, after all, tens of thousands of photos on it. The broken links to photos meant my site dropped drastically in Google’s search results, so starting again from scratch means that it shouldn’t have photo gaps and broken links to them; with each item I transfer to the new site, I ensure its photos are uploaded too.

I have so much stock to transfer to it from my original site that it will take a lot more time to complete the transfer. I continuously built and stocked the original site over 13 years, so there has been a lot to redo on the new one. The new one will still have all my kimono information pages and its large glossary and I have so far got about 800 stock items transferred to it and will keep steadily transferring the rest, then, after a short break from it, will start adding some new items too.

As the weather improves I hope to be able to photograph some stock outside, as I have no decent lighting indoors. Scotland has so much rain, though, that it limits outdoor photography time and my photography skills are not great at the best of times. I try, when possible, to re-use photos I got from the Japanese suppliers when selecting the stock, as theirs are often better than mine and are already done, but, unfortunately, I can’t do that for all my items. It is useful when I can, since it speeds up the addition of new items, allowing me to add more than I could by just photographing them all myself, because I only have to crop and colour correct their the photos instead of setting them up and taking them too.

I hope you will be patient and keep checking for the new site being available online.


 

You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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The End Of A Long Hot Summer

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The good summer weather was very unusually long and hot here in Scotland this year. Normally it is driech for most of the summer months here and I am usually slightly jealous of family in London having lovely summers while I look out at rain and strong winds but this year it was fabulous here and my poor family had it much too hot in London.  It’s back to plenty of rain and wind here now but still fairly mild in temperature and yesterday was dry and still enough for some hot air balloons to drift by. Some summers they float over my home but the breeze up high wasn’t bringing them this way, so I only caught sight of one, when I heard one flare up its burners and realised there must be one about. By the time I spotted it by heading down the road a bit, this was all I saw.

distant hot air balloon


I got very lax at replacing the thousands of missing photos from my website after the photo host decided to block them all. I started well but it got daunting and I pretty much stopped after a few months but broken links are not good on a site, for people browsing or for having Google show it in searches, as Google doesn’t like broken links, so I am back to making a concerted effort again. It takes ages because I also realised that I couldn’t just move them and upload them all again, many of the photos were really awful, I don’t know why I hadn’t realised how bad many of them were, so I am having to check all and colour correct and brighten most before putting them back and that is what is taking so much time and work. Still, it must be done, so I have to plod on with it. It is good to get a thorough look at my site stock, as I work on it. Yesterday I worked on the obi section, got a few hundred photos fixed and replaced there, including all the soft, heko obis like these…


I now offer Layaway on the website, so items can be purchased in instalments. A lot of websites I buy from offer this option, so I thought it was time I did too…


Here are a few particularly nice kimonos from my site, with their photos now in place.

This is a girl’s kimono being worn by an adult. The adult is fairly petite in height, so on someone taller it would be shorter, but it lets you see how wearable these girls’ ones are for adults. My sister wears this size as a fancy, light coat.
Children wear their kimonos with a big tuck stitched in place on the outside of each shoulder and a big fold up at the waist, so without these tucks they are surprisingly big and wearable by an adult. Children’s ones come in much brighter colours than most adult ones and with fantastic designs on them. Most from the past few decades are made of good quality synthetic textiles, though some exceedingly expensive ones are still made in silk.


I love this dragon smoke kimono. whirls of smoke, with touches of gold detailing and embroidery.


How stunning is this blue houmongi kimono? Rich, sumptuous silk, with hand applied yuzen textile art of roses. Roses used to be thought very  exotic in Japan, as they were not native to that land, so were not commonly seen there.


 

You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

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Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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Last Few Days

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There are a few days left to grab yourself a beautiful, genuine Japanese kimono, haori kimono jacket or all manner of other Japanese garments and other Japanese things from my www.wafuku.co.uk  website because right now there is 15% of everything on the website but only for a few more days.

Kimonos

Hakama

Buddhist Items

Children’s garments for wear or display

and lots of lovely haori kimono jackets.

…15% off absolutely everything on wafuku.co.uk, not just the clothing, still available for the last few days of this month.

 


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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The Family Has Grown

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Good Grief. I’m a grandmother. He’s such a cutie.
Name yet to be decided, they are trying out their 5 favourites on him over the next week or so. I call him Bumpy, for now, which I have done since he was just a growing bump in his mum.


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

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Grab A Beautiful Bargain -15% Sale on wafuku.co.uk

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Now is a great time to grab yourself a beautiful, genuine Japanese kimono, haori or all manner of other Japanese garments and many other things from my www.wafuku.co.uk  website because right now there is 15% of everything on the website.

Womens’, Men’s and Children’s kimonos…

 

 

 

 


All types of footwear…

 

 

 

 

 


All obis…


All haori kimono jackets…


Bags…


Cozy jackets…


More kimonos

 

 

…and 15% off absolutely everything else on the wafuku.co.uk, not just the clothing.

 


You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

haorisweeritao

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Forget-Me-Nots & Beautiful Kimonos

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Things outside are finally coming to life after the bleakness of winter. The trees are greening up and more and more flowers appearing. Where I live there is a big swathe of forget-me-nots just come into bloom. They cover a large area and look amazing. They also smell exquisite. If the weather is warmish and there is very little breeze, a beautiful, sweet scent rises up from them, sometimes wafting all the way over to the house. Last year was the first time they grew in such abundance there and the first time I realised that forget-me-nots had a fragrance. Unfortunately, they don’t look nearly as spectacular in photographs as they do in reality, photos just don’t do them  justice. There is a lawn in the garden that, in early Spring, is absolutely covered in crocus and looks amazing but it always looks pathetic in photos. The crocus are then replaced by masses and masses of daffodils all over it and again, although it looks fantastic in reality, it looks nothing much in photos. Anyway, here are a some photos of the forget-me-nots at my home.


The photos below show Satu Vaarre and her daughter wearing kimonos that they purchased from my wafuku.co.uk website, then took all the way to Japan to wear at Satu’s other daughter’s wedding in Kyoto. Satu’s black tomesode kimono has a scene with a magnificent temple in it, a temple that is also in Kyoto. Satu’s daughter’s kimono is a lovely warm brown shade of silk with painterly rocks with trees growing amongst them. Rocks, in Japan, are considered peaceful and contemplative.

They both look so natural in their kimono ensembles, as though they have been wearing kimonos all their lives. They both look fabulous.

I also rather like that the kimonos returned home to Japan once more, and were worn and appreciated again.

I was so pleased when Satu sent me these photos (and gave me permission to use them).  I have some of the nicest customers. They make me happy.


I came across this photo of one of my meisen silk haori. This was made way back when the fashion was for extra long haori with extra deep sleeves. Meisen silk is a bit like taffeta in texture. Meisen kimonos and haoris are becoming harder and harder to find in good condition and are now collectable garments.


 


You can also check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

www.wafuku.co.uk


Rita Ora.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.

haorisweeritao

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