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Over the years we've amassed large amounts of information on the Immortal Geisha Forums ranging across various categories: geisha, kimono, traditional arts, to name a few. We felt it was time to finally gather this information into one easy to access place and with the help of a wonderful team of volunteers graciously donating their time to write articles, this wiki has come to be.

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Featured Article - Komon
Taisho period komon with shishi inside of sasa.

Komon literally means "small print". This term applies to any kimono with a print covering the entire surface of the kimono, with no particular direction or layout. The actual design can be any kind of pattern or weave -- "komon" is only an umbrella classification.


  • Repeating all-over pattern.
  • Stripes (horizontal or vertical).
  • Larger patterns are for younger people.
  • Made from linen, hemp, wool, synthetic and silk.
  • Ranges from around the house casual (fudangi) to semi-formal.


  • Edo Komon - A komon consisting of tiny dots that create a subtle design and look to be a solid colour from a distance. Edo Komon and are closer to iromuji in formality.
  • Eba Komon - A komon where the design is "one direction" and always "right side up" along with the pattern being carefully matched over the seams to create a seamless look. Depending on the fabric type, Eba komon could be considered semi-formal due to the time and care placed in the construction. Often geometrics.
  • Tsukesage Komon - A komon where the komon design motif is all facing the same direction (right side up). This means that the motif has to change orientation at the shoulder so that it remains upright on both sides of the body.


Featured Picture

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Geisha Teruha
From the Collection of Rob Oechsle

To read about Teruha, click here

Featured Motif

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To read more about shishi as a motif, click here

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