January 7, 2013

New kimono for Saitou!

I bought a new solid black vintage kimono for Hakuouki's Hajime Saitou weeks ago but I've not tried it on until now. I think me gusta mucho!!

I put it on, along with my juban (also authentic), a white sash and le Saitou wig and went to take some photos. I didn't put on the scarf or any extras because they would just block out the kimono which is the thing I'm trying to showcase here. xD
Excuse me the photos are mirror style (home alone..) and I look like a trainwreck because I have no make-up on except that I darkened my eyebrows slightly... truth is, I've not even had breakfast yet even though I woke up a few hours ago. lol

Notice how far down the sleeves reach with my hand down.
Also the juban doesn't peek out from the sleeves.. which is some sort of awesome considering it's a very common kimono kitsuke problem and is not desirable.
Kimono wingspan. It's awesome! <3
It's rare vintage kimono have sleeves this long.. aka not far from perfect wingspan. :')
This kimono has a nice front overlap.
And I notice I might need a longer sash... xD
Side shot
 With the earlier kimono (which was also vintage) I had the problem that it was not very wide.. which would result in me flashing my legs while walking in anything quicker than semi-snail pace.. along with some other things. But this new kimono is wider, no more do I need to worry about having my legs showing while sitting or walking.

This is just to show how much apart I can keep my feet without showing the juban/my legs.
This new kimono is superior in almost every aspect: better length (aka pretty much my ideal kimono length), better width, longer wingspan. Also this kimono's silk has a solid surface which in a way is more accurate because Saitou's kimono doesn't seem to have any texture to it. My other kimono is tsumugi silk; tsumugi is woven by unevenly spun silk thread so it has texture and is always informal/casual because of its humble origins; Don't think it's actually appropriate for Shinsengumi 3rd division captain lol. But it is cool too and whether or not you want a kimono for cosplay with textured or solid silk (or other fabric, but silk is most common when shopping vintage and vintage = cheaper) is kinda personal preference anyway I guess. I like both.

I will be wearing this kimono for Saitou from now on because of the advantages I listed. But there is one thing that can be a problem - this new kimono is hitoe, meaning it is not lined unlike the other one. This means if I want to cosplay Saitou to a late autumn or winter con it will be cold. The white juban is not lined either so it wouldn't really add much extra warmth. I will have to use my other kimono for the colder months but otherwise this new one will be the default to wear.


CissyDella said...

Me gusta mucho! That kimono looks good :'D

Sairu Chan said...

Kimono wingspan!!<3 It sure is awesome and the whole kimono looks great! [insert me gusta here] Btw, are you going to cosplay Saitou at all this year? ^^'' Just asking ~

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Yay thanks!
Now when I have a better kimono for him I really want to. But I guess it would be some smaller con because I have loose plans for most cons 2013 already. xD But you never know!

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Thanks, me gusta too!

Monderleuchtet Verwandler said...

Yay cool! :D This new kimono looks really nice, and perfect for Saitou cosplay, double win XD

Valkoinen Samurai said...

I'm so happy with it! <3

Arawn Elidd said...

Awesome!! I really like it. :D You in the 3rd photo = so very handsome as Saitou~ <3 sjfsljal;jfl You should have a winter snow photoshoot as Saitou in your new kimono!

Valkoinen Samurai said...

Thank you! <3
I would like to but it would be soooo cold.. unless it's only 0 C or something outside, then maybe. XD

Arawn Elidd said...

You're welcome! ^_^
Yeah, that's true with the lack of lining. ^^; Unless perhaps you could wear a lined juban with it?

Valkoinen Samurai said...

I only have one lined juban and it has a dark blue collar and is blue so.. err. xD

Arawn Elidd said...

Aw darnit. xD