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Princess Kimono, Animal Style

The bunnies will be all over you at the rabbit café when you appear with this bun-centric obi.
The bunnies will be all over you at the rabbit café when you swan in wearing this bun-centric obi.

Obscure seasonal references to geese and crows? So tenth century! Leaf viewing and strolling beneath the cherry blossoms? Been there, called it a cab.

Let’s strap on our princess kimonos and hit the animal cafés instead!

Show those cat cafés kitties how
Coming or going, let’s show those cat café denizens how “disdainful stare” is done.
Or lull them into complacency from a distance with what looks like a proper traditional outfit, when you're actually rolling in kittycat hijinks.
Or lull them into complacency from a distance with what looks like a proper traditional outfit, when you’re actually rolling in kittycat hijinks.
And if this cat purse and wrap aren't must-haves for all kimono princesses, revoke my license.
And if this cat purse and wrap aren’t must-haves for all kimono princesses, revoke my license.
Diamonds and pearls? Yawn. Diamonds and squirrels? Now we're talking!
Diamonds and pearls? Meh. Diamonds and squirrels? Now we’re talking!
Birds than merely sing prettily are out; birds that build decoy nests to fool their enemies are in.
Birds than merely sing prettily are out; birds that build decoy nests to fool their enemies are in.
Panda viewing at the Ueno Zoo? Well, yeah.
Panda viewing at the Ueno Zoo? Why would you wear anything else?
Hold your own at Fox Village with this predator-worthy princess look.
Hold your own at Fox Village in this predator-worthy princess look.
And we've got to show them who's boss on our trip to Rabbit Island.
And let’s show them who’s boss when the royal we arrive at Bunny Island!

Thanks to Kimono Hime magazine (#10 & #12) for the gorgeous new style kimono photos.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

6 thoughts on “Princess Kimono, Animal Style Leave a comment

  1. Wow, stunning, even my kitty was impressed with the cat wrap! I’m going to have to shop for one of those… 🙂

  2. Quite a difference in kimono styles from when my daughters’ grandmother dressed them in kimonos for New Years those many years ago. Great photos!

    • And they would look AWESOME on you! I actually chanced across some bolts of cotton printed in bunny and kitty photo prints out in an obscure Tokyo suburb this spring, and am kicking myself for not buying some, so i could make a yukata. Next time for sure!

    • As you can tell, I love it too! ^_^ Although it’s not strictly traditional, it really honors one of the aspects of kimono-wearing I love most, which is that beauty comes from the way the wearer chooses and combines the elements, not just their costliness.

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