Maple in July

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. 😉

I tried the karuta musubi for the first time today. It’s super comfortable to tie and wear. I’d definitely recommend it for car drives and sitting on the couch, because of the flat musubi back. (Here is a tutorial on how to tie it, with special thanks to IG member gingerbread for posting the scans: Part 1, Part 2)

Here’s a close-up of the obi and yukata pattern. I love the dye technique on the maple leaves, and the silver weaving on the obi!

Afterwards, me and my sister sat on the couch and cooled off by eating ice pops and watching the Mets/Yankees baseball game.

Happy early 4th of July, everyone!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. tsukimichan says:

    So stylish! What a great find!

  2. ohiokimono says:

    Dear God I am in love wit that kimono! If you ever get rid of it, let me know 😀

    1. If I do, you’ll be the first to know! 😉

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