I live in southern Arizona, a very special place with beautiful weather most of the year and a very hot summer that starts in late April an goes until the end of September. I like to wear kimono to Japanese cultural events, as long as they occur between October and April. Summer even too hot for yukata unless it's indoors or late at night.
This blog is for basic kitsuke information and to catalog my own collection and the kimono-wearing events that I go to. I am not a kitsuke expert and do not claim to be one. For me, kimono kitsuke is a seriously fun hobby!
I first became interested in kimono in 2005 when someone loaned me a yukata to wear for a Japanese cultural event; I was fascinated with the mysterious dress and the customs and culture surrounding it. Later, I received a vintage kimono as a gift in 2006 but I wasn't exactly sure how to wear it but I was determined to figure it out!
I didn't start really getting into kimono until late 2007 when I discovered Ichiroya and Immortal Geisha. Both are incredible resources!
I did take a kitsuke workshop several years ago. I learned some skills there but I wish it had been more in-depth. Otherwise, most of what I have learned has been from watching YouTube videos, reading about kimono, observing, and practicing what I have learned by doing.
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Thanks very much for your interest!
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