Tamamo no Mae – Striking a pose in the finished product.
Heian eyebrows – After applying matte white eyeshadow to my face, I brushed on smudgy, charcoal eyebrows high on my forehead, in the Heian style.
Lipstick ritual – Details like scarlet, bee-stung lips help complete the transformation. Books from the Heian era document the use of saffron and sugar to color women's lips.
The potential of fabric – This is seven yards of shantung, enough to sew a pair of hakama or carpet your stairs.
Dogs hate it when you make costumes – Pets can be an unexpected challenge while sewing. Your dog would like it better if you would play with him instead of cutting out fabric.
First two layers finished – We're getting there! Here's the first two layers of the junihitoe after a good ironing.
Tabi socks and sandals – Part of the costume I was able to purchase and use as-is: Formal tabi socks and sandals from my local Japanese grocery store.
The spirit of kitsune – A kitsune statue guards a Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
Fushimi Inari Taisha – Thousands of vermillion Torii gates form winding tunnels at the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
Okuno-in – Soaring cypress trees and bright moss lend a magical air to Okuno-in in Koya-san Japan.
Koko-en Garden kimonos – A kimono exhibit at Koko-en Garden near the Himeji Castle in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.