Dear Ichiroya news letter readers,
Ohayogozaimasu, good morning from Yuka. It is Monday morning(May 08th) and we are all back from the Golden Week holidays.
I apologize you regarding the newsletter No. 694 which was sent you about 6 hours ago.
The photos of Akemi san's awesome vintage kimono collection was not seen because of my fault.
Here are the photos, and I really hope you can enjoy seeing them, because the collection includes so many RARE and AWESOME pieces which she collected in about 20 years. Some are from us, some are not, but they are all so valuable and rare.
These are only part of her collection. I wish I could show them all and hope to have a chance to write about her collection again.
Please take a look at the photos, you will see why I am so excited.
Top: Ushiwakamaru and Benkei
Down: Enchanting susohiki with funaasobi scenery
Old folk tale `Shitakir suzume', can you see the sparrow obidome too?
Shitakiri suzume obi
Fish net and shells kimono with another falk tale Urashimataro motif obi
Back of Urashima taro obi
Fabulous `tobiuo' flying fish kimono, yes it is also vintage. You can see Ryugujo castle obi too (Ryugujo is from Urashimataro story).
Beautiful Yokihi (Princess Yang Kwei-fei), and obi from Chinese atmosphere
Spider web and butterflies-the obi and kimono were meant to be together!
Unique vintage `luxury' kimono! She was showing the woven goldfish pattern of lotus kimono and glass eyes of the duck on the most impressive embroidered obi.
The visitors were so amazed by the work.
Enchanting harmony of kimono and obi matched by Akemi san
Supreme vintage obi collection, embroideries weaving and paint
Embroidered parrot, the most unforgettable obi
Heavy embroidered obi (on the right) and kabuki motif obi with embroideries and cut velvet
Embroidered tulips on obi and meisen kimono
Art Deco collection, see the obidome too
War motif kimono and Olympic pattern obi (very rare)
Impressive painting like summer kimono
Oshogatsu coordination, see the obidome with hagoita too
April coordination, she named this matching `Hangyoku san's Love''(Hangyoku is an apprentice of Maiko). She put hlarious title for some of the coordination.
Domo arigato gozaimasu for seeing the photos. I really wanted to share them with you.