Botanical Garden

Our Kimono de Jack group visited a botanical garden last month! We were on the hunt for wisteria; unfortunately heavy rains the week before blew away all of the blossoms! However, the rest of the garden still had some blooms, so we were still able to enjoy some flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Strathmore Kimono Exhibition

Members of Kimono de Jack: Greater Washington DC visited the Strathmore’s kimono exhibit, “Timeless Transformations: Kimonos, Prints & Textiles”. The exhibition is part of the Cherry Blossom Festival of Washington, DC. Unfortunately, professional cameras were not allowed, so I couldn’t use my camera, but we made do with our cellphones! ๐Ÿ™‚

New York Fashion Week 2016

Me and several other members of KDJ: Greater Washington DC went to the Hiromi Asai & Kimono Artisan Kyoto kimono fashion show at New York Fashion Week. This was the first time a kimono show has happened at NYFW, and also the very first Kickstarter-funded show as well. It was an amazing experience! I am…

Happy New Year!

Happy 2016! I recently bought my very first synthetic kimono, and I just had to try it out! It’s hard to believe that it’s taken me around 6 years of wearing kimono to actually get one, but what can I say? Taisho silk calls to me lol. What finally made me break my silk obsession?…

Kimono de Jack December Meetup

Kimono de Jack: Greater Washington, DC had their December meeting yesterday! We went to an exhibition at the Freer Sackler Gallery entitled “Sลtatsu: Making Waves“, which I highly recommend. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed inside. Afterwards, we went to the Kyoto Kimono trunk show down the hall, and then to the Torpedo Factory Art Center…

Ekoji Obon Festival

Yesterday, a few members of Kimono de Jack: Greater Washington DC attended an Obon festival at a local Buddhist temple. An Obon (ใŠ็›†, or Bon ็›†) festival honors one’s ancestors, and usually includes a Bon Odori, a dance during Obon that is specific to each region. My personal favorite dance is Tankล Bushi (็‚ญๅ‘็ฏ€), or…

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…

Kimono de Jack 5th Anniversary

Today is the 5th anniversary of Kimono de Jack! Kimono de Jack was originally started by eleven kimono-lovers in Kyoto, Japan. These people loved kimono and felt that there was a need to create opportunities to wear these wonderful garments. The original eleven members advertised through Twitter, hoping to “jack” or occupy a place and…

Cherry Blossom Festival

We had an IG meet-up at the National Cherry Blossom Festival (aka Sakura Matsuri) in Washington DC. Lots of walking and soooo many people, but definitely worth it. Plus, I finally got to hear taiko drumming in person! That was an amazing experience.

Old Schoolin’ It

I was inspired by a kimono friend who wore an “East Meets West” outfit with a collared shirt under kimono. You can sometimes see old photos of men who wore such a style during the later part of the Meiji era. It looked so cool, that I had to try it myself!

Goodbye, Hello.

A belated goodbye to 2013 and a hello to 2014! I received this kimono and obi as a birthday present from my friend Choutama no Kimono โค I asked for roses, and she sent me the most beautiful outfit!