November 3, 2015

Whoa- It's Already Time for All Soul's!

Hi Everyone!
It's been an interesting year- and I haven't had as much time to post. The kimono-wearing season has started in Arizona and I have missed a couple of events at Yume Japanese Gardens due to work obligations (I have a few part-time jobs now!) but one of our signature events, the All Soul's Procession, is happening on Sunday, November 8th. That's when Odaiko Sonora and friends get together and process behind the urn and do our Tucson Ondo Obon dance.
We usually wear happi coats, kimono, and yukata and there should be more than a dozen dancers. For this All Souls Procession, I'll be wearing a wool hitoe kimono I picked up at a taiko conference a few years ago. The hanhaba obi is also wool or wool-blend, cream and black and looks great with this kimono. The whole ensemble is graphic and bold and should be appropriate for this event.

This time I will be honoring our beautiful kitty, Lula, who we lost in June this year as well as remembering an old friend that passed away suddenly on St. Patrick's Day. I will be putting prayers and mementos for both into the urn along with my own thoughts and prayers regarding this past year and hopes for 2016. The urn contents burns at the end of the procession finale- a fitting ceremony that for me, symbolizes letting go of the past to make way for the future.
To view photo galleries of past All Soul's Processions, click here. 

RIP Miss Lula Kitty- seen here under a wedding kimono

Look for photos of the event after next weekend.

July 24, 2015

The Imagine OneWorld Kimono Project

I wanted to share this with everyone-it's way too hot in Arizona right now to wear kimono, but at least we can all dream. 

This amazing project involves creating 196 unique kimono for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Read about the project here, and view photos of some of these stunning works of art from their Imagine One World Concert in Los Angeles, courtesy of their Facebook page.

The United States kimono has images of a astronaut, olive branch, Statue of Liberty, etc. 
Absolutely breathtaking- some more kimono are here. 

All images Copyright © 2015 Imagine Oneworld, Inc. All rights reserved.
The United States Kimono

July 1, 2015

Ready to Die From Cuteness?

Just for fun.

When it's time to take a break from kimono kitsuke because of the heat, it's time for our second favorite subject! Yes, it's time for cats in kimono.
View more photos here!

Have a very happy Independence Day!

April 19, 2015

Origami Show in Yukata

There was a fun origami show at Yume on April 3rd. Since it was after work, I didn't have a lot of time to figure out a kimono. The weather was pretty warm, so I wore a vintage yukata with a colorful 12" wide hitoe (unlined) hakata obi.
Unfortunately, the settings on my camera has been fiddled with, so most of my photos are blurry. Other people managed to get a couple of me in front of some paintings with added origami butterflies and koi, so all was not lost!