Matoi Otoko Poi Style

July 4th is Independence Day in the U.S., so I wore my matoi ็บ (Edo-period firemen’s flag) motif kimono to celebrate! It’s one of my favorite motifs, and super-fascinating to learn about. Each district had their own flag; one day I hope to be able to identify which ones the two matoi on my kimono are associated with. I wore this kimono as a sort of tongue-in-cheek reference to the holiday…as fireworks are one of the main components of July 4th celebrations (and sometimes unintended fires make an appearance as well).

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This is a men’s dance kimono, which explains the large pattern; the better to be seen on stage. I wore it otoko poi style (when girls wear kimono in a “boyish” style), by using a men’s kimono and wearing my obi really low on my waist. So I guess you could say that I went “matoi otoko poi” style this year, hehe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Somehow, I always end up tying my obi in the Karuta musubi for the 4th of July…probably because it’s super easy to tie and wear.(even though it’s a little short here, eh)

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Do you guys know how long I’ve wanted one of these boater hats? The answer is forever. I keep seeing them on kimono blogs and photoshoots, and now I finally have one! โค

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The obi decoration is actually the front part of a broken belt that I re-used. Restrung it to a new belt and viola! A cool obijime substitute.

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I’m actually dyeing my hair fairly soon, maybe even this weekend. And I’m planning on cotton candy pink! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m attending an Obon festival this weekend. So maybe I’ll wait till after…pink might be hard to coordinate with the yukata that I currently own!

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See you this weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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