Today was Gofuku no Hi. The name is derived from the date May 29th: 5-2-9 is go-fu-ku, gofuku also means traditional clothing. Because of the pronunciation, May 29th was made into an excuse to enjoy wearing kimono! Along with word of mouth, there is a Japanese Facebook event page promoting Gofuku no Hi call “I wear kimono on May 29th” or “529 Kimono Kimasu”. Link Here
There are no rules about Gofuku no Hi. Anyone can participate, wearing any kind of kimono, at any location! It is simply an international day of wearing and enjoying kimono 🙂
I decided to wear my Taisho-era bridal furisode today after I got home from work. Unfortunately I was the only one home, so I had to use the camera self-timer. Almost every one of my photos came out too blurry to view. All of the lovely poses and full-length shots are so blurry, you can barely see it. Oh well, at least I got a few good pictures, and I got to wear kimono again! 🙂 (I think it’s time to invest in a tripod and remote anyway though, now that I no longer have my photographer with me.)
I wore a variant of the shell musubi, made with a very soft vintage obi. So it came out more floppy than planned haha.
It’s so blurry, but you can sort of see the gorgeous pattern. I’ll have to take pictures of the furisode itself again soon.
Here is the kimono:
A close-up of the pattern:
I’m really glad that there is a day like today, with people from all over the world wearing and enjoying kimono. Check out the facebook page, and see some of the lovely coordinations others have worn! ❤