Please Help Japan

By now, almost everyone has heard of the tragedy in Japan. Having friends there, and seeing the destruction that the tsunami and earthquake have caused, I wanted to be able to help the relief efforts in some way. However, being a college student who makes minimum wage pretty severely limits my ability to donate to charity. So, following in the footsteps of some fellow IGers, I’ve decided to auction off some of my kimono collection in order to donate the proceeds to GlobalGiving’s “Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund” via Ebay. I am making no money from these auctions, all of the proceeds will be given to this charity. I sincerely hope that people bid so that we can send Japan some help, however small it may be.

My friend Becca graciously volunteered to be the model for the second outfit. We had fun coordinating these, and it is my hope that they can find a home that will take care of them as well as doing some good in the world.

The red outfit is one that I’ve been planning almost as long as I’ve been collecting kimono. As you can see, I am indeed auctioning off my “headphone obi”, on which I completed the stencil work just last night. I added the boombox on front, the cords connecting the headphone and boombox, as well as the detail work early this morning. This obi is very special to me, and is something that I treasure because I put a lot of time and work into making it, but I feel that it can do greater good here so I am including it in the listing.

I tried a taiko musubi variation I saw on the internet with Becca’s obi. I like how it came out!

I am selling the kimono and obi from both of these coordinations on ebay:

The auction for the red and black outfit is here

The auction for the black and beige outfit is here

If you’d like the names of some good, trustworthy charities to whom you can make donations towards the relief effort, fellow kimono enthusiast moonblossom has a list on her site, KimonoTsuki.

Naomi, the founder of Immortal Geisha (and originator of the idea to auction kimono for charity), is also selling some of her collection on ebay.

Please help us help Japan by bidding!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Naomi says:

    You’re a darl! I’m glad to see more people digging into their closet in an effort to help! ❤ Here's to some smashing auctions!

    1. Thank you for giving everyone the original inspiration with your own auctions! I definitely hope we can raise some good money for this cause! 🙂

  2. Rebecca says:

    Howdy!
    I’m the person who won the black and beige outfit on eBAy…the items arrived a few days ago. I’m thrilled and love that the proceeds are going to charity to help Japan. Everything is really fabulous, love love! Please be assured that these items are going to a very good home! I’ve been collecting kimono items for about 5 years.
    I will try to wear the whole outfit in to an Asian festival Phoenix on April 17th (if it’s not too hot!). There will be photos!
    Thanks for having such a wonderful blog and take care,
    ~Rebecca (Reiko)

    1. I’m so glad to know that they will be going to a good home and someone who will appreciate them! Thanks for letting me know that you won them (and also thank you very much for donating)!!! 🙂 I follow your blog, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing pictures from you! I can’t wait to see what you do with the outfit ❤
      -Bika

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