Now, I only brought 2 kimono with me to Japan, one formal houmongi and one casual komon. My goal is to buy everything cheap in Japan, and bring it back with me to America.
My first stop was Gallery Kawano's 1000 Yen kimono sale. Now the real Gallery Kawano is in Tokyo, but every so often they have a sale down here in Kyushu at The West Coast (西海岸) in Yanagawa (Fukuoka prefecture). They fill the entire second floor of The West Coast with kimono, obi, and other accessories. My neighbor and I made the one hour drive to indulge ourselves.
Final price: ¥20515 or $201
I actually bought some things from the 1000 Yen sale and some things from downstairs at The West Coast. I was pretty happy with everything I bought, although I admit the bingata kimono is far too short for me, and I ended up buying it just because I've always wanted bingata. I hope to be able to put that one on display or use it to dress other people.
Now it's been raining a lot around here, so I haven't been able to wear any of my new pieces out, but I threw together a few coordinates using only the new items I bought.