Monday, September 24, 2012

It's That Time of Year Again...

I can't believe it's almost October already. Here in the USA, October means Halloween is coming, and for many people that means attempting a geisha costume. Unfortunately, most of the pre-made geisha costumes on the market are utter junk, especially if authenticity is important to you. But many people also have no idea where to begin or what to do to make their own, reasonably authentic geisha costume for Halloween or any other event that involves costumes.

It's a damn good thing those people have me and my little blog :p

I'm not going to do a brand-new series of posts. I did one last year that took forever to type up, and in my humble opinion it's a pretty good little series. So instead, I'm just going to post the links to all of the parts so people can find them easily. You can also access these posts by scrolling down this page and looking at the Blog Archive on the right side of the page, where you can find the posts in this series in September and October of 2011.

So good luck, enjoy, and as always feel free to leave questions and comments.

"So You Want to Be a Geisha for Halloween" blog series:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3A and 3B
Part 4A and 4B


  1. Thank you for reminging me of this series!
    I'll have to make a "Geisha costume" for a nine-years old girl for next year carnival (request from her mother, a friend of my mother). It won't be anywhere near authentical (more like a pretty cotton komon mit faked juban), since she's only nine and will be wearing it to school (and I won't be there to dress her), but maybe your detailed instructions will give me a few additional ideas how to come closer to the Maiko image^^

  2. Dear Ayane_hime,
    are you still writing this Blog?
    Can you give me some advice? I am going to Kyoto and Nara for 5 days next month and want to know where I can see kimono, kanzashi and so one...
    I (sadly) will not have enough money to buy something, but i am an huge fan of kimono, geiko, maiko, kanzashi and everything surroundting that. I would be thankful if you can tell me, what my kimono is. Actually i can wear it alone but maybe it´s not for my age...
    Can you contact me at or write a comment in my blog? Sorry, it´s german, so maybe you cant read it. I would like to send some pictures per e-mail.

  3. Sorry, one more ^.^´
    + i want to do a maiko henshin.
    Do you know a good shop? What would be a good Kimono?