Well, I was planning on wearing this outfit for Tanabata, which this year fell on July 7th. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. A huge storm came through our area, and left 3 million people without power during a 100°F/38°C heat wave! We had to abandon our house and live with some friends until our electricity came back, so I had to leave my kimono behind…
I’m back now, and although it’s two weeks late, I’d like to share with you my Tanabata outfit! Unfortunately, this kimono is ro summer weave, which stains very easily since it is worn in the hottest months. Due to this, it has some rather large lighter colored stains on it from the previous owner not airing it out properly after wearing it, so I could never wear it out in public. But in my own backyard, I am perfectly fine with wearing it!
To recap, I have been researching an alternate mon (crest) which is used by the Tama okiya (geisha house) of Gion Kobu, which is known as the “Kikyo Knot” 結び桔梗, seen here:
I was working on Valentines Day, so I wasn’t able to wear kimono like I wanted to. So today, I dressed really quickly after school. This kimono is a pink and blue meisen weave silk which has an igeta pattern, and the obi has an abstract pink and yellow square design.
Last New Year’s Eve, I made a resolution to wear kimono at least once a month. So now, at the end of 2011, I can proudly say that I have indeed worn kimono 12 times this past year! Practicing even just once a month, I feel that I have made leaps and bounds in gaining greater skill in dressing and coordination. Oftentimes, we abandon our resolutions by March, but I am proud to say that for once, I stuck with it!
Below, you can see a gallery of the kimono coordinations I’ve worn this past year. So, here’s to 2012, and even more kimono ensembles! What are some resolutions that you’ve completed successfully?
I recently bought myself a new camera, in preparation for several photography/graphic art courses I’ll be taking in the next semesters, which require more than my little point-and-shoot was able to give. It’s a Canon Rebel XS, and I love it to death! I tried it out today, and I definitely will be using it for kitsuke pictures from now on!
Anyways, this outfit is an early Christmas kitsuke…since once again, I am working during the holidays. Oh well, that means I’ll have more money to buy Christmas gifts with!
I wanted to dress in kimono for Thanksgiving…but since all my relatives are coming down here this week, I knew I would probably be too busy. So I decided to dress a little early!
If you remember from IG Holiday Swap Gifts, IG forum member azusa was the “Secret Santa” who gave me several gifts to be used in a 1920s/Taisho outfit. I finally got the chance to wear them…I can only hope that I’ve lived up to expectations!
Tomorrow is the 4th of July, so I wanted to wear kimono to celebrate America’s birthday. Unfortunately, I’ll be working tomorrow, so I decided to wear it today!
It was so hot out (91F/33C) that I decided to wear yukata. The orange maple and indigo waves motif made me feel really cool, and when paired with a red hanhaba obi, it made a sort of red/white/blue outfit…so it was also sort of patriotic! I don’t have as many photos this time, since my sister (who usually takes them) is sick, so I tried my best with the self-timer feature on the camera.
This yukata has more of an Autumn feeling to it….but yukata are technically summer wear, and often have all sort of prints on them, including fall, spring and winter patterns. It’s more about giving off the feeling of being cool in the summer, than it actually being cool outside.