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. 🙂

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…

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 “Sōtatsu: 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…

Halloween 2015

They say better late than never…so I decided to be very late! 😉 I finally got around to doing my Halloween monster-theme kimono photoshoot. It all started with a men’s yukata that I found with a spiderweb (and spider!) pattern. I added an obi that my dear friend sent as a birthday present from Japan,…

The Travelling Kimono

I can finally share this awesome project that I have had the privilege of being able to participate in! The Travelling Kimono is a project where one kimono is sent around the world to different kimono wearers, who then create an ensemble representing their personal tastes and style. Eventually it will have traveled to 16…

KDJ Swap Meet

Kimono de Jack of Greater Washington DC had a swap meet yesterday! I had a lot of fun, and came home with sooo many pretty things! ^^

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 (お盆, or Bon 盆) 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 Tankō Bushi (炭坑節), or…

Matoi Otoko Poi Style

July 4th is Independence Day in the U.S., so I wore my matoi 纏 (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…

Go Hime 姫の世界へ Magazine

The day is finally here!!! After 2 years of hard work and coordination by a wonderful team of people, the first volume of Go Hime 姫の世界へ is now live!

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…

Sushi Restaurant Meetup

It’s always great to make new kimono friends! I met up with a bunch of lovely fellow kimono lovers at a sushi restaurant last week. They had just finished up filming a collaborative presentation on the life cycle of silkworms as they relate to the production of kimono. You can read about the artist’s fascinating…