Forget-Me-Nots & Beautiful Kimonos

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wafuku – noun: traditional Japanese clothing

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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 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 website, providing vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

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


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  1. What gorgeous forget-me-nots I have never seen so many in one place, I have two little patches of English bluebells that I nurture from year to year, everything is so late this year though.
    That is a stunning meisen silk kimono your daughter is modelling I love the beautiful sunny colour.

    1. I imagine you love your bluebells, as I love the ones here, and, like me, look forward to seeing them each year and seeing if they have increased in numbers, which they seem to do very slowly.
      The little shaded corner in the garden becomes a mass of bluebells and I love it, although it isn’t a big area. It has taken decades to get to the way it is. The people paid to cut the grass took their grass cutter right through the bluebells two weeks ago, shearing a wide band of them to the ground, clearly knowing nothing about plant types, so unaware of the devastation they caused, and just seeing it as a shortcut to the gate. Same thing happened two years ago. It so upsets me.
      The bluebells here produce a huge amount of seeds but I have never succeeded in growing any from the seeds, neither outdoors nor in a greenhouse.

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