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This spring coordinate owned by Ninben okiya (Gion Kobu) is for senior maiko, and has been worn by Mamahana and Mamesome.

The mild green kimono has cherry blossom motifs that are pink, purple and yellow. The flower blooms at the end of March to mid April in kyoto, so it’s ideal to wear then.

It’s no secret that the star of this coordinate is the maneki neko obi. Maneki neko, or beckoning cats, have different meanings depending on their color, and the ones on this obi are modeled after the japanese bob-tail breed, meaning they welcome good luck, wealth and prosperity.
There are two different maneki neko on the obi. One wearing a bell for protection and inviting customers with its raised left paw. The other with a coin for wealth and inviting money and good business with its raised right paw.

While the obiage Mamehana and Mamesome wore are different, they both had cherry blossom motifs.

Pictures by Rick Osuna, Onihide, abbey j, kagen33takataka0211 and Teruhide Tomori

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I’ve been into Yona of the Dawn for the past three years, but its only this year that I’ve decided to cosplay from one of my most favorite series!! I started out with Lili and Yona’s fancy cover art illustrations, and then I decided to crunch three more Yona costumes in a week for an upcoming con. I swear I’m usually better about pacing myself but I got pretty swamped with my friend’s wedding earlier in the month and I was left with a week to finish three Yona cosplays for Colossalcon this year.

Literally the only reason these got finished was thanks to the endless support of @automb @nana-cai and @tomyo!! They helped with ironing and pinning and the simple sewing so I could focus on draping my patterns, crafting, and keeping my wits together.

I know my cosplay compilation posts tend to get really chatty and long so I’ll put the rest under a read more!!

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Kissing Tropes (SLBP) Part 1

I hit 160 subscribers! I love all of you, y’all make my day better, every day. 

I hope you like this. Obviously there is a part 2, Its just a lot to write at once. 

“Kissing tropes that are giving me life right now”

1. when A grabs the B’s face and says “please - please” before devouring B’s mouth without waiting for a response - 


A solid month had passed since you had last seen him. You leaned on the railing of the watchtower, noticing the tell-tale signs of the troops returning from the war. But could you see him? Could you? A bustle and a shout brought you out of your revere.  

There, they were coming back, going through the gates.

You took off in a run, almost slipping on your kimono, making it to the courtyard just in time to see those familiar eyes lock with yours. He was alive, he was safe. You were in his arms in an instant, a gasp leaving your throat as he twirled you off the ground.“Lord Yukimura!” You cried out, throwing your arms around his neck, letting him lower you to the ground. His cheeks were flushed, his clothing stained with blood, it had been a bad battle. You reached up, cupping his cheeks with your hands, pulling his face close to your own. “Yukimura” You murmured, your voice softer this time as his eyes drifted over your body, a yearning, pleading gaze.

“Please - please” He all but groaned, capturing your mouth in a heated kiss, pulling you against him. You returned the kiss just as fervently, your body yielding to his touch, allowing him to deepen the kiss.

That is until…

“Come now, little lord and lady, you both realize you’re in public.”

 2. person A missing the first time they lean in and just catching the corner of B’s mouth and waaaaaaaaaiting for B to come in and fix it            


You ran your hands through your lover’s hair, relishing the softness of his pale locks. His eyes were closed, for once a contented look on his boyish face. You let out a happy sigh, idly scratching his scalp as you leaned over and pressed a kiss to his forehead. His eyes opened, their beautiful color meeting your own.

“Taking liberties now?” His sleepy voice sounding petulant. You laughed softly, tutting your tongue at him.

“I would never, Milord.” This was your favorite time to spend with Ieyasu, at the end of the day where he could be himself and you could love him as himself. He shrugged, leaning up and kissing the side of your mouth, falling back onto your lap and looking at you expectantly. 

You blinked, staring at him in surprise…Had he…missed? A soft blush was on his cheeks as he pouted at you.

“Well?” He huffed, looking at you.


“Aren’t you going to continue?” He tapped his lower lip with his hand. “Or do I have to punish you for disobedience.”  You shook your head, a different kind of sigh leaving your mouth, before leaning your face down, pressing a kiss on his lips, only pulling away to respond to him.


3. having to lean against each other when they pull back because the world is spinning and they just. cannot. breathe. yet. 


His lips were so warm in the coldness of the room. You shivered at the temperature difference, snuggling yourself closer to his warm body. His arms wrapped securely around you as he nipped your bottom lip drawing out a soft whine of discomfort from you. He used the opportunity to slip his tongue into your mouth.

The silence of the room was only marred by the rustling of clothes and the occasional moan as your tongues battled for dominance. You did your best to ignore the light-headedness forming in the back of your head as you let yourself get lost in the moment, giving yourself over to the feelings of his desire. 

Finally, your lord Oda deemed it fit to pull away. You let out a soft gasp, panting and falling against him, pressing your forehead against his. His smirk couldn’t hide his own rabidly moving chest. Once you caught your breath you let out a laugh, kissing his cheek playfully. 

“Is that all you got, lord Nobunaga?” You fell back against the futon, eyeing him mischievously. “I want you to show me all of your divine rule.” 

4.foreheads pressed into each other’s, sharing breath, until they dive back in for more because they thought they were done but they so were not.


He was smiling at you, that beautiful boyish smile that made your heart sing. His cheeks were flushed a lovely pink color and you couldn’t help but run your hand across the skin, enjoying how it make the flush deepen, and blushing yourself when he captured your hand with his own, bringing it to his mouth and kissing your fingertips. His warm breath hit your lips making you shiver. 

He was so close, his forehead pressed to yours, your body tangled against his. You loved this.The tranquility of being tangled against him, safe and loved, sometimes made you want to cry.His breath was still coming out in short spurts, his panting evidence of what you two had just been doing. 

“Masamune.” You breathed, brushing your nose against his. “I love you.” 

“I love you too.” His tone was shy, like it always was, but his action wasn’t, as he tilted his head up, kissing you softly, and then not so soft.

“mm, Masaa-“You moaned into the kiss, returning it in kind. 

You weren’t really done after all. 

5. that ‘oh hell is this actually happening?’ moment before it actually happens.


You weren’t entirely sure how you ended up in this position. Mitsunari on top of you, a furious blush on his face and you staring up at him wide-eyed. It had happened so quickly. You had just been returning a book, what had happened? You’d slipped, he’d reached for you to steady you, you’d both gone down and now…and now. 

Well he was so beautiful up close wasn’t he?

Blinking, you looked at him, confusion mounting with every second that passed.

He wasn’t moving. He was staring at you, the flush on his cheeks refusing to go down, and your faces were so close-

So close.You could kiss him. 

Oh yes, you could kiss him. 

You were going to kiss him. 

Your hands moved to cup his face, pulling him close to you, your lips meeting his softly. You smiled into the kiss, even as his body went rigid and then relaxed. 

There were some perks to being older. 

She calmly walked towards the gates of the festival, she could see a few have already arrived inside but she stood by the side of the entrance to wait for her date.

She didn’t mind waiting outside she actually liked waiting and watching the night sky. “…Hope this is fine.” she muttered to herself. She has been rather confused, due to the flashbacks of her memories that she had been revisiting, though she feels not much of emotions …she could feel the emptiness she lacked. 

“Hopefully…everything pieces together.” she said to herself. She quickly snapped out of the state of wondered and looked around, making sure she didn’t miss him if he passed.

“I hope he didn’t mind me coming early.” she knew often she was most awake at night than during the day, since she sleeps a lot during day time hours, she watches as some people had passed by her and entering the festival. She tried to look around calmly to see who had arrived. “Some Mikus….Some Kaitos….” she told herself quietly.

She gently gripped her umbrella, as she looked downward. “I feel nostalgic……I have done this sort of actions before.” she then could hear the faint voice telling her to not fall for the trap, to remember the past memory that caused her to feel….broken.

“…Let me be.” she said calmly. “I know well….but that is a different person. Not all are the same.” she told it. As she sighed and gently lean against the entrance gate. “Let me have some peace without you constantly reminding my memory drives. “ she sighed calmly as she glanced up at the sky once more to watch for stars to appear.


nozomistarotcards  asked:

I'm curious as to your opinion on this. I recently made an obi out of cotton fabric, simply because I loved the print on it and it complimented the look I wanted for my kimono (you can see it in my kimono tag if you wish!). I know obi are generally made out of a stiff silk, but is it acceptable or even seen elsewhere to have obi that aren't silk/silk like polyester?

Yep, it’s common for hanhaba obi to be made of print cotton in a casual setting (not even necessarily for yukata, but for a modern casual/all-over print look)

Like this one. 

And these!

I actually bought the barbed wire one just because it’s so unique. XD

These printed obi would usually be used for yukata just because of the casualness of the print, but you could certainly use a printed cotton for a (casual) kimono look, like a striped kimono, or a plaid like this one.

Title: Dead, Born and Grown, Part 1

Temptation was like fire, they said, and there was enough poetry about this alluring flame that ensnared those that came too close. Except, Kakashi noted with amusement, that Sakura was hardly fire, at least not the kind that allured anyone.

What she was.. was much more ubiquitous. Like rich earth found under the soles of his boots after retreating in the forest, stuck between his nails when he’d been curious enough to sink his fingers to feel life beneath it. Earth nurtured growth just by its existence that it only needed something like a tiny drop of rain..a simple enough, unassuming little thing that Kakashi had been careless enough to give. But unlike fire, ensnaring had a much different vice grip when it grew roots, finding every pockets of space inside him until it was impossible to weed out. Incineration would have been a much easier end.

FF link

Just a reminder that Sesshomaru x older Rin is official.

Thanks to a CD drama released after finishing the anime. 

Sesshoumaru: Rin, have you grown accustomed to life in the village?
No one is bullying you or anything?
Did you make a kimono out of the cloth I gave you the other day?
When you are troubled, or anxious, or sad, or any other time, feel free to call on me.
I will come to you immediately.
Even if we are far apart, if you call my name I will absolutely come flying to you.
If you cannot speak, you can whistle. Whistle through your fingers, if you like.
Distance is no object. Our hearts are tied together.
With the power of trust, there is nothing to fear.
Simply having that feeling should be enough to fill your heart.
That is why it is fine for things to remain as they are for now.
We have plenty of time.
You can examine your heart at your own pace.
Until then, take care of yourself.

Kagome adds: That sounds like a proposal.

If you want to listen to the entire CD Drama it’s called Asatte.

The Day After Tomorrow


Have you grown accustomed to life in the village?

No one is bullying you or anything?

Did you make a kimono out of the cloth I gave you the other day?

When you are troubled, or anxious, or sad, or any other time… feel free to call me, I´ll come to you immediately.

Even if we are far apart…

If you call my name, I will absolutely come flying to you if you cannot speak, you can whistle. Whistle through your fingers, if you like distance is no object, our hearts are tied together with the power of trust, there is nothing to fear simply having this feeling should be enough to fill your heart, that´s why..

It´s fine for things to remain as they are for now. We have plenty of time you can examine your heart at your own pace.

Until then… take care of yourself.

Sesshomaru (Asatte)