January 2, 2018

New year's Day at the Johrei Fellowship

Happy New Year kimono enthusiasts! I had the pleasure of attending the local Johrei Fellowship's New Year's Day  service and tea ceremony. I did a yukata/kimono workshop for the tea ceremony students a short while ago and they were excited to dress themselves for the New Year's Day events. The tea ceremony I attended was a very casual one, using the portable brazier. The morning winter sun created very stark shadows, so the garden photos are a bit darker than I expected.
Of course I wore kimono and was careful to pick an auspicious motif  for my kimono (pine needles) and an obi with soft colors for the tea ceremony. There are older Japanese people that attend the center, so I made sure my kitsuke was very neat. It was a little chilly in the morning, so I wore a coordinating vintage haori and modern linen scarf. My handbag is also vintage. It was a wonderful way to start 2018!

The tea scroll has pine motifs for the New Year

Taisho-era chuya obi

December 27, 2017


“Oh it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh.... 

Or rather silk.
Enjoy your New Year!

(Quote from ― Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange)

December 10, 2017

Kitsuke Workshop at the Johrei Fellowship

I was recently asked to do a basic kitsuke workshop at the Johrei center. The ladies are learning tea ceremony and were interested in dressing in yukata and kimono. Some of the ladies had their own kimono and obi but didn't know where to start. I showed up dressed in my recently acquired blue stripe komon and bird obi. They were thrilled and excited to learn.

I dressed the lady who initiated this project in one of my kimono, obi, and accessories while the others watched and asked a lot of questions. I demonstrated the two most basic hanhaba obi musubi (bunko and kai no kuchi) then they dressed themselves in yukata I brought with me. One lady had her own yukata and hakata obi but it might have been a summer kimono. It was difficult to tell! The ladies were really appreciative and I hope they had as much fun as I did. It was a truly nice experience and we all had a great time playing with kimono.

The lady on the far left is wearing my "Atomic potsherd" kimono and the lovely double-sided Nagoya obi. 

That's me, second from the left, in my vintage bird obi.