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By Cornelia on Sunday, November 2, 2003 - 9:05 am:
This stuff is expensive new, so we are going the "Near New" route via bidding on the Japanese auction sites. This is taking a lot of time, but it is also like playing a game. For the first time I understand the fever and success of EBay! Ofcourse reading the Japanese is a problem. So here are some links for those of you who are interested but don't know how to get started...
Here's a nice ensemble for a 3 year old girl in yellow: http://page5.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/e32167421
At the top after the first line of ads, there is a horizontal list of 5 blue links. If you click on the last one (only 2 kanjis) you will go to a list of girls shichigosan items for auctions. From there you can click and see many more things.
There is a separate list for boys. I got a Japanese girlfriend to sign up an account for me. So now I am bidding. She'll help me figure out what next if I'm lucky enough to put in a winning bid. I can't even type in search items because I don't have the Japanese keyboard on this computer. But at least I'm able to see the yahoo website.
Another website that has auctions is: http://www.bidders.co.jp/item/23336817
They also have shichigosan stuff. But not as much. Auctions close and new ones open constantly. So there is no point in worrying if you lose one auction. Many close with no bids. I think there are more sellers than buyers, or some of the prices are too high.
By Cornelia on Monday, December 1, 2003 - 10:41 am:
We did it. We got it all together finally. We borrowed a naga-juban from our pediatrician, got the obi from yahoo auctions, the kimono at a flea market a few years back, the zori and handbag we borrowed from a schoolmate, the hairpins, fan, wallet, and additional obi decorations were all from flea markets or borrowed, and finally the tabi were presented to us by a friend. It was raining cats and dogs in the morning, but the weather gave us a break for about 3 hours in the afternoon. With the Y3000 yen shrine donation we managed to do the whole thing for about Y10,000 (we omitted the professional photographer). We also saved on the kitsuke fee, since my friend did the hair, and we only had to pay for putting on the kimono. So I was able to shout a dinner for everyone (at Saizeriya, mind you, which is great when you've got toddlers along and almost on the same price level as McDonalads).