While browsing vintage stores and op shops I have had my eye out for a kimono. Inspirational bloggers, including 5 inch and up and Late afternoon have spurred this desire, gracing their blogs in their beautiful vintage silk kimonos.
At the Byron Bay markets I had other items on my wish list, that is, until I came across a stall with a rack full of cotton kimonos, sourced from Japan. Although they are more casual than their silk counterparts, for $20 I was very impressed! The only difficult part was deciding on which of the intricate designs to choose.
I ended up deciding on a white kimono with a red flower design, and of course couldn’t wait to wear it.
That night, while wearing it out for dinner with an otherwise simple outfit, I discovered what I assume to be the name of the previous owner written on the lapel.
My Japanese is a little rusty (ok… a lot rusty) but I managed to translate the katakana to ‘Batojutoko’, which I assume to be someone’s name. Please correct me if I’m wrong!
*EDIT* The writing actually says ‘Ban Junko’, which means the owners name was Junko, and this type of kimono is actually a yukata. Thanks Leah and Nick!
I come up with the craziest stories when I try to imagine who this woman is and what her life is like.
Photos of me taken by: Kris
Other photos from: my camera
Dinner at: Targa, Byron Bay (they have the best gnocchi I have tasted outside Rome!)