March 10, 2018

Yamato Concert

I went to see Yamato dressed in kimono last weekend- amazing show! If they come near your town, you have to see this group! Unbelievable performances, beautiful costumes, and joyous taiko!

I wore my new houmongi to the event-  a semi-formal multi-season kimono with alternating patches of dark blue, navy blue and cream with either pine needles or grasses in the back ground and bunches of flowers: tsubaki (camelia), ume (plum), and kiku (chrysanthemum). The obi features a subtle pattern of bamboo woven with metallic/iridescent threads. I added a lime green chirimen obiage to add some bright contrast to the outfit.
I do have some photos from matsuri- coming soon!
Detail of the tsubaki motif

Detail of the ume & tsubaki motifs

Outside the concert hall with the big trees in the late afternoon sun

After the concert, the sun going down.

Being silly and trying to make myself look thinner

February 19, 2018



It's Matsuri Time! Come to beautiful Phoenix, Arizona and experience one of the top Japanese festivals in the US! I'll be playing taiko on Saturday and wearing kimono on Sunday. We will have cool weather this year, so it should be perfect kimono weather- you can even add a haori! I may even bring my kimono rain coat and definitely an umbrella.
See you there!

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