|Yoshi Nakano demonstrating how to make the character for "Ram".|
There were no ceremonies in the tea house, so I used it as a photo backdrop. The weather was sunny but chilly, about 55 degrees, so I wore my red plaid kimono coat and my gloves with the furry green cuffs. You might notice that the bingata kimono I'm wearing is the same as last time I was there (See entry for Oct. 6) but I changed the obi to red and blue hakata. I mainly wore the kimono again because it has pine and bamboo motifs on it- pine, bamboo, and plum are traditional for the lunar new year. I tried for all three "Sho Chiku Bai " motifs, but I don't have much plum. However, the lining of the coat has plum blossoms. So I just barely made it! Sadly, I do not have a kimono or obi with with a ram motif. That would be very cool!
|The new dry river feature and bridge in the garden|
|Yuri the cat relaxing in the exhibit hall|
|The kakejiku (hanging scroll) features a winter landscape|
|The empty tea house|
|My hands were freezing!|
|Squinting in the bright sun|
|These next photos look like I'm demonstrating how to put on the kimono coat! :) This was not intended!|
|You can see a glimpse of my red juban peaking out from my sleeve.|
|The sleeves of the kimono are longer than the sleeves of the coat and bunching up a bit.|
Next Saturday is Mochitsuki, so stay tuned for more photos of Japanese culture in Tucson well as a different kimono!