But during this time I had come across a new cosplay by accident. My mother had been given a genuine kimono by a friend of hers. It was purple with white cranes. Both my partner at the time, Battousai, and myself thought it reminded us of Kaoru. Since he had plans to eventually cosplay Kenshin, we decided this needed to happen. I would be using my real hair and made her ribbon out of an old pillow case that was about to be thrown out anyway. During my sewing class in high school, I would make a purple and black obi to go with it. I made it incorrectly, but it's not bad for something I can say I made with a sewing machine. For a long time I went without socks and just wore black flip flops. These were the years I went by the name of an OC, Ashira.