It was announced today that the Immortal Geisha forum will be closing soon. =,(
I understand and respect Mrs. Hormozi's decision for closing the forum, but it will be missed nonetheless. She did state that it will still available in an archival format and will hopefully be eventually incorporated into the IG Wiki. I am glad that so many people have been able to add to the international body of knowledge on kimono and geisha over the past 12 years.
I certainly wouldn't be where I am today without all of the wonderful people of IG. I found the forums after seeing the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. I was fascinated by what I saw on the screen, and the people of IG really helped to separate the fact from the fiction! As a result of my interest in geisha, I became enamored with the idea of getting a kimono. When I joined the forums in 2008, I was looking at those polyester costume kimono and thinking that was a legitimate thing. IG to the rescue! I was quickly put on the right track to finding what I needed. The whole thing began as the purchase of an orange tsukesage, and now look where we are! Interest and research into kimono and geisha got me into dance, shamisen, and tea ceremony. These hobbies have gotten me out of my introverted shell, and my life is much fuller and richer than it ever would have been otherwise.
I am eternally grateful to Immortal Geisha.
どうもありがとうございました! m(_ _)m