Gofuku no Hi

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 πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚ (I think it’s time to invest in a tripod and remote anyway though, now that I no longer have my photographer with me.)

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I wore a variant of the shell musubi, made with a very soft vintage obi. So it came out more floppy than planned haha.

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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.

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Here is the kimono:

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A close-up of the pattern:

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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! ❀

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. TrishD says:

    Looks fantastic. πŸ™‚

    1. Aw, thank you πŸ™‚

  2. kendansa says:

    It’s nice to see other kimono enthusiasts about. I don’t have much capital, but I have sewn a few yukata. I have a question about Ro kimono, however. I’m not sure what exactly I should wear under one, a regular nagajuban, or an iromuji?

    1. Hello! You wear ro nagajuban under ro kimono πŸ™‚ Here is my ro juban:
      Ro Bunny Juban

      If it’s too hot for nagajuban, and the ro is not see-through, then it’s possible to wear just an easy collar and an hadajuban underslip. But since ro stains easily, since it is light and worn when it’s hot outside (so sweat stains are common if not worn properly), I wouldn’t recommend not wearing a nagajuban if you can help it. But whatever is easiest for the weather. πŸ™‚

      1. TrishD says:

        I too wear a ro nagajuban under ro kimono, but I have one ro and a sha that are sufficiently opaque to get away without a nagajuban, at least at home! I have often wondered what women wore in the old days under their summer kimono, given that nagajuban used to be brightly coloured and often patterned – perhaps the glimpse of pattern and colour under the ro was part of the appeal?

        1. Yes, you have it right! A glimpse of color was considered very fashionable. Still is. πŸ™‚ It’s the same principle as the glimpse of color at the sleeves and hem of an outfit. Plus, it adds an extra layering challenge, don’t you think? The patterns need to complement each other, not compete. I tried it with this outfit: https://yieldforkimono.com/2011/07/21/whats-black-and-white-and-hot-all-over/

          Of course, you can also wear a solid color juban if you don’t want the layered look.

          1. TrishD says:

            That works very well, I think – the combination of stripes over dots is nice and subtle. I love your irregularly striped kimono. I have a weakness for stripes myself – just bought a brown/blue/beige meisen. πŸ™‚ I have often wondered, too, if the Japanese fondness for red-shot-black, that colour that looks like brown at a distance, is anything to do with exactly this – a black ro or sha worn over a red nagajuban. That red/black colourway comes up so often on Ebay, but it mainly seems to be in omeshi.

            1. That’s an interesting idea! I wonder too, about the red/black weaving technique. I’ll try t do some reading and see if I an find out anything about it!

      2. kendansa says:

        Ah, thank you! I just wasn’t sure what to wear with a kimono so thin.

        1. No problem! πŸ™‚ Let me know if you wear it, I’d like to see pictures!

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