October 6, 2014

Kimono: Splendor in Cloth at Yume Japanese Gardens

 Hi everyone
I attended the kimono show last Tuesday and have a some photos! The event was very nice. It was scheduled the day before the garden opened, so it was strictly a reception and only one of the two rooms of kimono was open. There were also ikebana displays (Ohara School) and a new retail store was open. I was able to sneak into the garden and look around since I arrived early. I was the only person in kimono...too bad! But I did answer lots of questions for people and that was really fun. 

Burning question: what am I wearing? I'm wearing the bingata kimono I bought at the Phoenix Matsuri in February. I'm also wearing a Nagoya obi I purchased from Shinei that features motifs of genjiguruma (ox cart wheels) and tatewaku (rising steam). I've added a rust-colored chirimen obiage and a navy blue obijime that has some bits of orange in the weave. Sorry there were no photos of my zori, but they are plain dark red and match my handbag pretty closely! I wanted to wear something with an autumn feel to it and the weather cooperated, at least when the sun started going down!

New obi from Shinei
Check out the new growth! We had a decent monsoon this summer. 

A view to the garden

View through the new windows in the fence

Ikebana display out on the new patio

A lovely tsukesage kimono with bamboo motifs

One of my kimono I loaned to the display- my birch tree houmongi

A pale blue houmongi also on loan- a stunning design!

I loaned out the boy's miyamairi and it was displayed in the new retail store

You can see a glimpse of the beni red juban peaking out of the sleeves

Check out these long sleeves!

In front of the miyamairi

September 15, 2014

Kimono Show Opens Sept. 30th in Tucson!

I've been helping out with this exhibit for the last two weekends. If you are in the area, come by. It will be a great kimono-wearing event! The gardens officially open to the public for the 2014-2015 season on Oct. 1st.
Map link for Yume Gardens is here. 
See you there!

September 9, 2014

Some of my Kimono will be on display!

Yume, our local Japanese Garden, is creating a kimono exhibit that will be up for two months! 
Yours truly was called upon to loan kimono and accessories for the display! The really nice thing is that the garden director wants a wide section of different types of kimono (i.e. everyday kimono) rather than just the fancy stuff. Kimono and obi will feature different levels of formality as well as garments showing seasonal changes. 

Photo courtesy of Ikue Belland

Here is the announcement by the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition. 

I'll be there and if the weather is cool enough, I will be wearing that bingata kimono in the photo!
I hope to see you there.

August 27, 2014

Want to Honor Your Ancestors with a Paper Lantern?

If you regularly read this blog, you have seen my posts about Tucson's annual All Souls' Procession and the role that my taiko group, Odaiko Sonora, has in it each year. The All Soul's Procession is a unique festival of remembrance of people, pets, and memories that in many ways, similar to Obon festivals celebrated in Japan and other places with a large Japanese population.

However, Tucson does not have an Obon Festival! Instead, our taiko group has a large role in the Procession, with a large group of "obon dancers" in yukata and happi doing our own folk dance, "Tucson Ondo", behind a taiko on a cart. 

This year will be the 25th anniversary of this unique event and Odaiko Sonora has an opportunity to attract three world-class musical artists to create a soundscape for the finale of the burning of the urn! 

We put the FUN into FUNdRAISEr! 

We are doing a Kickstarter fundraiser to raise some money to bring three taiko musicians, and Asano drums to Tucson just for this event! 
If you contribute just $30 at Kazoku Level, you will be able to honor the names of your loved ones on one of our toro nagashi paper lanterns that will be part of the finale ceremony! It's a beautiful way to honor a special memory.

Go to THIS LINK and contribute to help us make the 25th Anniversary of the All Soul's Procession a spectacular community event in 2014. 
Do it today since we only have a couple weeks left!

And if you are really genki, contact me if you want to come to Tucson and participate! It's a great event for being creative with costumes or wearing kimono or yukata if you wish to dance with us. 
I hope you can help us out,
Arigato gozaimasu.