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Ryōhei Koiso (小磯 良平 Koiso Ryōhei?) (July 25, 1903 - December 16, 1988) was a Japanese artist. He graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts western art department in 1927 and had a successful career from early on. During World War II he was often commissioned paintings depicting Japanese military scenes, such as the signing of the British surrender of Singapore, and Japanese infantrymen making their way through high grass fields in Malaysia. He returned to mainstream painting following the war, and painted until his death.

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Another clip from the TCA Special 1995.

Amami and Asano (I’m pretty sure it is her…) playing around with words, in full fledged traditional Japanese outfits… XDXD

Actually that’s Hana-chan in the skit with Amami. ^___^ (Though Asano Kayo also appears later in the red dress. :P)

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I love the outfit and especially the look on her face as she gets ready to fire, and the contrast between glove and sleeve.

(Source: akumuotamu)

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Feb 6: “Yukata Times”, Summer, 2011


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Hand-dyeing silk for obiage.

by Modern-Antenna. See full sequence and explanation [Japanese] here. 

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Nobuyoshi Araki 

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Black, red, white and gold go with everything, even striped turquoise furisode. Of these colors, only the turquoise counts as “not a neutral” color in kimono, so ANYTHING could be matched with this and still be ‘proper’ matching… according to the kimono schools.

More importantly, according to modern sensibility, red, black and turquoise are popular and nice looking colors. The addition of the red eri (collar) touching the turquoise brings some brightness to the top of the coordination where it would otherwise look slightly dull and washed-out, possibly even old-fashioned. The black obiage cuts some of the brightness of the obi. Exchanging that for gold or red would make it extremely festive and traditional looking— exchanging it for bright pink would also contrast with the turquoise while staying modern.

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Beginning in the late 19th century, Asian decorative arts, and those of Japan in particular, had a tremendous impact on Western culture. Many Americans and Europeans traveled to Japan, often returning with textiles and garments that were soon converted to familiar Western garments. This blue dressing gown began as a Japanese furisode, or “swinging sleeves” kimono, a type worn only by young unmarried women. It is a particularly creative example of how Japanese dress could be transformed into fashionable Western dress. Through the addition of princess seams, lace undersleeves and inserts of pale-blue taffeta at front and back, the furisode kimono became a stylish Western dressing gown, complete with bustle. Regardless of these Western elements, the dressing gown is strongly evocative of Japan, particularly in its retention of the crimson lining often found in women’s kimonos.

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(Source: kimono-nao)

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99% sure this is from http://ameblo.jp/dalikoneko/

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Jan 27: “Kimono Times” magazine, Dec 2012 edition

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I am glad I chose Taisho-roman as the subject of my studies! My main focus is Takehisa Yumeji, but I just love the whole Taisho period, the blossoming feminism, the free thinking, democracy and mixed art, Taisho-roman, ah, Taisho was sooo culturally ripe, juicy. I can also enjoy artists like Kasho Takabatake, etc. ^^* 

Like if I ever go back to university, I`d like to study Taisho period.

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So, I was out in Odaiba with my parents during New Year, and we came across this big group of dogs dressed up in kimono for the occasion.

Unfortunately we just missed the part where they were all lined up for photos, but I knew there was at least one person on my dash who’d appreciate pictures of Japanese dogs in formalwear, so I took lots of photos anyway :)

I - I - I - oh my goodness. BRB dying from the adorbs. And it doesn’t help that a lot of the doggy breeds represented in the photos really do look like they’re smiling. I mean. Wow.