Spring is here! It’s been super hot lately, and that means that it’s almost time to wear unlined kimono again. I wanted to wear this blue and pink kimono one last time, before it’s time to pack it up in storage till next year. The pink wig is something crazy, isn’t it? Continue reading »
Remember when I said I was involved in a secret magazine project? Well, now we can finally announce it! I am proud to say that I am a part of the Go Hime kimono magazine! ^^ (Can you spot me on the cover? )
So a fellow kimono friend contacted me a month ago about putting on a kimono fashion show at the university that she attends. We had the opportunity to host the show during the university’s first December matsuri festival, so we were very excited! The next month was spent sharing many messages over Facebook, packing, coordinating outfits, finding models, having very little sleep, and wrangling with the Japanese society of the university. Finally, we were able to have the show, and it was so much fun! Special thanks must go to the lovely Strawberry Kimono, whose help and insight proved invaluable to making the show run smoothly!
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!
I’ve been wanting to wear my Taisho-era (1912-1926) ro irotomesode kimono with the ro rose obi, and today just so happened to be perfect weather for it! I decided to dress in KimonoHime style of wearing kimono today.
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It rained all day today, so please forgive the indoor shots. I wanted to wear my green hikizuri again, and I wasn’t going to let a little bit of weather stop me!
This is only the second time I’ve ever worn hikizuri (trailing kimono)….and I’m not convinced that I’m doing it right lol. I tried to make the hem fall nicely and make the hikizuri nice and tight around my thighs so it would sweep out on the bottom like it’s supposed to, but it’s much harder than it looks!
Also, I wore an easy collar with no juban (under kimono) because even though it was raining, it was also very muggy and hot. For that same reason, I wore a wig instead of trying to get my wild hair tamed today lol.
Well, today was the kimono debut of my friend, Kat. We went to an art show at our university, and she was excited to wear kimono out in public for the first time! She was very adamant that she wear my hakama, so we coordinated matching outfits around them.
We took these photos before heading out. There was a photographer at the art show, and we made quite the splash, so who knows….we may end up in print somewhere soon!
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.
I’m hoping to continue to wear kimono at least once a month this year. That being said, I was supposed to wear this in January….but silly me, I forgot how busy life would get once school started again, so here we are in February! (I say this still counts for my January kitsuke though, since it’s only the 2nd of February and I’ll wear another later this month. )
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!