May 26, 2014

Obon Season is almost here!

Get your yukata and geta on- it's Obon season! 

Here are a few of my favorite Japanese festivals and Obon festivals, courtesy of Japanese-City.com 

All of the Obon festivals have obon dance practices during the weeks before the festival. Check each individual temple online to find out about dance practices. 

Saturday, June 7th, The Arizona Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
Saturday, June 7th, The Japanese Cultural Fair, Santa Cruz, CA
Saturday, July 12-13th, San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Obon Festival
Sunday, July 13th, Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
Sunday, July 20th, Watsonville Buddhist Temple Obon (link to their website)
Sunday, July 27th, Salinas Obon Festival- Buddhist Temple of Salinas


More exciting Japanese Cultural events coming this summer: 

Sunday, July 13th, Bridge USA Natsu Matsuri, Torrance, CA
Saturday, August 9th, Tanabata Matsuri, Little Tokyo
Sunday, August 17th, Nisei Week Ondo and Closing Ceremony, Little Tokyo, LA


April 28, 2014

You need one of these Obi if...

you are a regular-sized woman!

I was just perusing Ichiroya's website and found several "Brand new long size hanhaba obi"! These are the simple obi you wear with yukata, the causal, cotton summer dress that is a perfect entry into the world of kimono! I rarely see longer obi, so this is unusual.
All are 4 meters long and seem to be going fast as yukata weather is just around the corner!

I mean seriously, how cool are these? These are just a few of the cute designs they have right now, so get them while they're hot!
~Reb

All images courtesy of Ichiroya.




April 14, 2014

An Enchanted Evening at Yume

I was able to take some time out from a super busy schedule to go to a nice event at Yume on Friday afternoon for "An Enchanted Evening at the Gardens". It was pretty warm for April, about 90 F earlier in the day (!) so I opted for my green butterfly yukata and kimono-style accessories: obiage, two obijime, Nagoya Hakata obi, and a han eri. I wanted to wear these colors to celebrate spring and based the ensemble on my Jordan-McMillan pink and green ribbon handbag!

It was a beautiful evening for strolling in yukata, with strawberry shave ice, refreshing cold green tea that tasted reminiscent of the sea, paper lanterns, candles, soft music, and origami art displays. The koi were active and there was even a cat in the garden.

Not many people wear kimono or yukata to these events, but there were a couple of volunteers in yukata, so that was really nice to see! I figure the more I dress up for these events, the more kimono enthusiasts will eventually come out of the woodwork. Events at the garden are starting to gain momentum.
My husband took the photos of my before I went out since it became dark very quickly.

Have a wonderful Easter holiday weekend.
~Reb
My obi is a little crooked and I have only one pink nagajuban sleeve showing!


New shoots on the bamboo
Yuri the cat was perfectly camouflaged on the bare soil