Tomoe Hotaru

Manga Artbook V New Year's Furisode

Sailor Moon

Last Updated: 04-01-2013

A dream cosplay of mine come true. From the fifth Sailormoon manga artbook, fourth image down:

Despite being entirely bought, this cosplay was very difficult and time-consuming to put together. And the dressing (kitsuke) is far more difficult. It's an art form in of itself, there are even schools in Japan dedicated to learning how to properly dress, learn obi knots (musubi), and all the strict rules and subtle intricacies in choosing just the right motif for the season or kimono and obi for occasion. And of course, the dressing itself is a feat unto itself that requires a great deal of practice and perfecting. Kitsuke is one of my passions that I really enjoy learning, and I am thrilled to finally have a reason to put it into practice with my cosplay.

How I came to choose each piece of this ensemble took a great deal of thought, particularly to what motifs would be used for a celebratory New Year's furisode, which was the theme of the original artwork. I came to interpret Hotaru's furisode as having a white eda-ume (branched plum blossom) pattern, a motif very common to winter. Hotaru's obi clearly was eda-ume as well, with a single crane wing visible on the knot portion. She's also visibly wearing a red nagajuban (underkimono), green kasane-eri (collar layer, which gives the appearance of another layer of kimono), and vivid pink obijime (obi string) and obiage (obi sash, generally tucked into the top of the obi). The challenge, of course, comes in actually finding the perfect furisode and obi for the job; with some exceptions, vintage kimono and obi tend to be overwhelmingly one of a kind. The pieces I found are no different.

For a (very) detailed rundown on every detail, you can visit this page on my website:

Due to health issues, dressing assistance and obi tying credit goes to the Kabuki Academy's Kimono Workshop for Sakuracon 2013. This obi musubi is called tateya.

Handmade Accessory Credits:

Kanzashi Hair Bow - Sarcasm-Hime
Miniature Silence Glaive I made the Silence Glaive Eto-Hamaya with - Chochiki/Cosplay Mandy
Crane Temari -
Purple Resin Gem Earring Studs -

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