December 15, 2011

Christmas Cocktail Party Kitsuke

My taiko group did a very small gig for a private holiday cocktail party put on by the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was held at the new Casino del Sol south west of Tucson. There were only four of us: three drummers and myself dressed in kimono and greeting people with cookies. We were there to "set the stage" for the event as people arrived, so it wasn't a big production with lots of taiko, just a fun event to do.
I only got one photo (Sorry!) and it was at the end of an evening of standing around for two hours. As usual at these types of gigs, it seems I never have enough time to do perfect kitsuke and this time I dressed in a humongous hotel bathroom with relatively tiny stalls!

Being pressed for time, I dispensed with the red obiage and went with the glittery holiday "bling" I found at the local craft store the day before! As you can see, I decided on a red and green Christmas holiday look that would coordinate with my cohorts red and white happi coats rather than Japanese seasonal coordination.
My ohashori is wrinkled and could be a bit larger and my collar was creeping up but the new hakata obi looks good with the iromuji! It was slippery though....not what I expected with a hakata obi.
I did get a chance to wear two more new items: the multi-colored mihon juban and my new red, white, and black zori. The juban is wonderful... it's a perfect fit for the green kimono and the various patterns (many have red and green in them!) are a nice contrast with the solid green silk. The zori fit pretty well and are fairly comfortable to wear.  Overall, a decent outfit for a holiday event.

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