Washington D.C. Trip

Earlier this week me and my friend Choutama no Kimono went to Washington, D.C. to have a kimono meet-up with some others because it was Spring Break.:) Unfortunately we were too early for the cherry blossoms to be blooming as the Sakura Matsuri isn’t until April, but we had a great time anyways!

We went to a place called the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria. It’s an art gallery that is housed in a former torpedo factory, so cool! You can meet the artists and interact with them, and watch them create new pieces. We met a lovely lady who made Raku ware pottery, and got invited to a large art party. I was surprised at the amount of Japanese-inspired pottery, paintings and textiles we saw, and even more so at how many kimono were present in so many different artists’ work!

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The next day, we met up with a few people and took the metro in to D.C. to visit the Freer Sackler museum. We visited the famous Peacock Room, which I have always wanted to visit. (Art Nouveau is my favorite art style.)

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(A little note: People kept stopping us for photos and taking pictures of us in the stations as we were attempting to figure out how to buy Metro passes haha!)

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(The detail of the artwork on these pages was so tiny that you had to use a magnifying glass to see it all!)

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Later we went to a Japanese restaurant and then relaxed at a tea house.

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It was very windy and cold, but we had a great time. I can’t wait to meet up with these lovely people again soon! 🙂

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. cutenippon says:

    I love your obi! It’s so unique.

    1. Thanks! It’s actually my friend Chou’s obi. She let me borrrow it because she said my outfit with it reminded her of ships sailing on a rainbow river lol. 😉

      1. BebeTaian says:

        I do love the combination! She has good taste. ^_^ The ume haori was also very pretty with the orange kimono. I don’t think I would have thought of it! All in all, everyone looks great. I think I need to plan my purchases better and break out of the iromuji mold. 😛

  2. uchiwa says:

    wow i admire your group because you walk around town in a kimono 😀
    i do collect and make kimonos myself (mostly furisode) 🙂
    i have not seen you carrying or using sensu, why?

    1. Thanks!

      Wow, you make kimono? So cool, I wish I was good enough at sewing to make my own. But I am not that good or patient at it haha.

      I actually don’t own any sensu, so that’s why you don’t see me using one. But it’s generally not hot enough to actually use one where I live. Maybe in the summer though!

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