Maybe you're a war history buff, or maybe you collect model planes and are particularly interested in the Pacific War. Maybe you're into war simulation games. Whatever the reason may be, if you think the Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" (AKA the "Zero Fighter") operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945 was a cool airplane AND you enjoy wearing kimonos (or could be convinced to start wearing one), then stand in attention and listen up!

We're enlisting you into a special interest group who would appreciate a one-of-a-kind Zero Fighter Model 52-style Kimono now going through a crowdfunding campaign on Campfire Creation.

If you need a visual reminder, here is an image of the A6M5 Type 0 Model 52:

Yosshy | © PIXTA

And here is the kimono:

As you can see, the color and design of the legendary fighter is reproduced. And just like the real thing, the color patterns of the top and bottom of the plane have been interpreted in the patterns of the back and front of the kimono.

You can get a better idea of this front and back difference here:

The concept came from illustrator and cosplayer Ichi イチ (@sendaigbf) who proposed the design in April:

Here are some more images of this stunning kimono modeled by cosplayer Momo Akabane (@itigomiluku_):

One of the convenient features in this kimono is that it doesn't require the ohashori おはしょり or お端折り, which in traditional kimonos is the excess length of fabric folded and tied underneath the obi in a hip fold, and which normally requires a bit of skill and knowledge to properly execute and create a good look. In this product, anyone can easily dress in "kimono style" by wrapping and tying the obi without any knowledge of kimono dressing.

Also, in order to reproduce the appearance of the Zero Fighter, there are many details which fans will appreciate. For example, the ノルナ (do not step here) warning...

...the plane number (in this case, it happens to be 106) written on the vertical tail of the plane is reproduced in embroidery on the sash...

...and even the plane's propeller is represented by a sash clip made of acrylic resin:

Product Details

零戦風52型着物 Zero Fighter Model 52-Style Kimono

The product name in Japanese uses the kanji 風 after "Zero Fighter" meaning "style," which indicates it is merely inspired by the Zero Fighter. It is not an official product from any organization or entity associated with the actual Mitsubishi A6M Zero Model 52 nor has it received any kind of endorsement by said organization or entities.

  • M size for people measuring 160 cm: Length 150 cm, Shoulder width: 67 cm, Waist: 112 cm, Sleeve width: 112 cm, Sleeve length: 33.5 cm
  • L size for people measuring 172 cm: Length 158 cm, Shoulder width: 69 cm, Waist: 120 cm, Sleeve width: 120 cm, Sleeve length: 36.5 cm
  • Fabric: 100 % cotton
  • Made in China
  • Zero Fighter photo book plan (25 people): 3,850 JPY
  • Kimono super early bird: 12,100 JPY / early bird: 13,200 JPY / normal: 14,300 JPY

To participate in the crowdfunding campaign, visit the page on Campfire Creation before December 27th. It's an all-or-nothing campaign, so they need to reach their goal of 550,000 JPY.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.