January 1, 2019

Kimono Style on New Year's Day

I went to the Johrei Fellowship for their special new Year's day service in kimono. It was colder than last year on New Year's Day, so I had to break out the bold red kimono coat, a cashmere scarf and leopard print velvet gloves! There was a casual tea ceremony after the service, which was lovely.
Happy 2019 everyone!

Selfie with coat and scarf.


The obi shows bamboo and a bit of plum for the New Year! 
The plum was also in the lining of my coat, 
and unfortunately I had no pine to fully 
represent Sho Chiku Bai, the Three Friends of Winter. 
Showing off my new "wild mushroom" obiage!

Here is my missing pine! This is the paper used
to serve the wagashi or sweets with the tea.
Pine needle motifs are subtly embedded in the paper, in
addition to an origami crane. 

December 31, 2018

Arizona Matsuri is almost here!



Arizona Matsuri Festival 2019
Saturday, February 23th and Sunday, February 24th, 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Heritage & Science Park
115 N. 6th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(SW corner of 7th St. & Monroe St.)
Featuring Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on 4 stages throughout Heritage & Science Park in Downtown Phoenix.
FREE ADMISSION

December 26, 2018

It's a Real Live Kimono Meet Up!


Arigato kimono kitsuke friends!
I recently organized a kimono meet up with a few new friends last weekend. Two of us are seasoned kimono enthusiasts, and two are newbies, so we each took over dressing a newbie and then met for lunch at a local Japanese eatery.  Afterward we had planned to go to the Japanese garden; sadly, we got started late and it was closing by the time we got there so we took some fun photos at a nearby park before the sun went down.
We had so much fun we are planning another kimono meet up in late January or February. Right now, I'm playing it by ear to see how many people are interested. If there are enough, I will create an official Meet-Up online. If you love dressing in kimono with like-minded fashionistas, contact me and I'll send you an invite to our next gig!

A selfie in my striped ensemble! 
Check out the new yellow and white obiage!

Four tabi-clad feet and all in blue!

J looks super kawaii in a fabulous yukata styled by S. 

S created this lovely hairstyle for J.

I dressed this friend in my new Chikuzen
Hakata obi and old favorite orchid komon. 

A yellow and navy haori is the perfect accessory!

S looks lovely in an asanoha (Hemp leaf)
komon she found in Japan.

I'm showing off the blue juban when (almost!)
no one was looking!
Striped kimono, obiage, and obijime with a
vintage obi featuring swallows.
What a glow from that sunset!
A beautiful sunset to round out the afternoon!