August 23, 2016

Yes, It's Almost Kimono Season!

Hi everyone
It's been a long time- in fact- it was in March last time I posted anything worthy! Many things have happened since then though.
Summer is too hot for kimono for where I live in Arizona, so I don't post much in the summer, but it's winding down and the kimono-wearing events are starting to heat up! Two events that are note-worthy so far: at our local folk arts and food festival, Tucson Meet Yourself- my taiko group is performing on Saturday, October 8th and I will be doing some kind of kimono demonstration. Not sure what yet, but it's sure to be connected to Obon some how since our own Tucson Ondo dance will be taught at the event.
Next up is the All Souls Procession- another event that involves taiko and dance and of course yukata and kimono.
Right after the last post I made on this blog, I lost a close family member and then ten days later, a work colleague and friend passed away unexpectedly. It was pretty devastating but with All Souls coming up in November, I have an outlet for the grief. I'm working on a costume-y yukata type wearable art project that involves photos and mementos and I will be revealing bit of my project here in process! I will not be wearing mofuku, the traditional mourning kimono, but something more life-affirming and colorful.  Right now, I have a yukata that someone gave me that I may dye and or paint to customize it- other than that, I don't have enough to show you yet- mostly a few sketches and ideas.
So stay tuned more!

April 7, 2016

TAO Concert Ensemble- pink and black

On March 6, a big group of us went to see TAO perform at the Fox Theater in Tucson. 
The weather was supposed to be unseasonably warm, so I picked out a black sha kimono to go with my new pink ro summer fukuro obi with the gold and silver nadeshinko (dianthus). The weather turned out to be overcast and really nice- perfect kimono weather. 

I was running a little late and have never tied this obi before, so after struggling to make a double otaiko musubi, I gave up and tied a basic bunko musubi. My rule is to always practice with a new obi before wearing it but I wasn't able to this time.

The fun part was I was the only one at the whole show in kimono, so I stood out. Afterwards, I shook hands with one of the TAO members during the lobby meet and greet and he was very impressed with my outfit. Afterwards, we went to lunch at Penca and then walked around downtown for a while. The spring flowers were blooming and the weather was lovely- a perfect day in the desert. 

I bought the new pink obi at Phoenix Matsuri- in fact, I was super lucky since I found 4 summer obi. I'll post photos of them soon as well as a few photos of my weekend of taiko and yukata in Phoenix!
More photos soon,

February 26, 2016

AZ MATSURI IS this weekend!!

Woohoo! Matsuri in Phoenix is tomorrow and Sunday!
My taiko group is playing on the ASU stage at 11:00am Saturday, so I will be wearing a happi coat all day and I will be in kimono or yukata on Sunday. It is supposed to be 88 degrees F in Phoenix both days, so I'm bringing a back-up yukata in case my black sha kimono is going to be too hot.
This year will be the 32nd anniversary and this year's theme is momotaro, the Peach-boy.
Hope to see you there!

Here are some photos from past Matsuri...

January 6, 2016

Finally- A couple Photos from the All Souls Procession November 2015

One the sun, one in the shade- just before I went out. My make-up is minimal, as I like it. The photo around my neck is of Lula, our dear kitty we lost in June; now I can carry her with me in the Procession. I created a special paper packet of some of her ashes, catnip, rosemary (for remembrance), and some sacred earth from the shrine at Chimayo, NM to place in the urn. 
I'm wearing tennis shoes since I have to walk and stand for several hours- it's entirely worth it. No turning back until after the burning of the urn! 

For more information about the unique Tucson All Souls Procession, click here. 
Here are some videos about Procession, including the history of the event, courtesy of ]