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.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series. This is the princess-style kimono worn by part time English translator Yumi Hata in NightshadeIf you like a good mystery set in Japan, check out the first few chapters here!

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Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback. Nightshade is the first book in the series…

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