Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fudangi Friday - January Edition

Ever since the first one, I keep missing Fudangi Friday! đŸ˜… So here’s the belated Sunday addition! 

I wore a light purple yuki komon, yuki obiage, brown wool heko obi, and pink obijime. There are a lot of “errors” here but that’s ok! It’s meant to be very casual. đŸ™‚ I love using heko obi for this because their soft texture will always make the musubi a little “imperfect”.

This obi musubi is called "wano"(ワノ). It came from one of my favorite casual obi musubi books, 「ファブăƒȘăƒƒă‚Żăƒ–ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ‰ăźæœŹ」. If you love women's heko obi, you should pick up a copy from Kimonoya Kururi (can be ordered via Rakuten or Amazon JP). The ISBN is 978-4-309-28459-0. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Oishii Japan 2018

I wore kimono for tea ceremony presentation at a local event today. I chose a purple iromuji, cream taiko gara fukuro obi with karabana design, pink obijime, dark purple and blue obiage, and pink zori. (I've been playing with a new selfie stick/tripod/bluetooth remote, so the posing isn't quite on point yet.)

More photos of the event were captured by Frank Chin, a talented local photographer. There's a few of us performing tea ceremony during the event. Please click here to see them!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My Portrait!

This lovely portrait of me was made by the talented Merrie Go Art - Melanie Georgiou! I'm just awestruck! đŸ€©
image copyright Melanie Georgiou

Sunday, December 31, 2017

NYE Tea Ceremony

I got invited to a last-minute New Year's Eve tea ceremony at a dear friend's house. It was a casual affair, and since a few of us have babies, they were invited as well. :) They both behaved surprisingly well for the most part (although they both got a little fussy during usucha). It was such a lovely time, and I hope I get more opportunities like this in the future.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Year in Kimono

Here is my year in kimono! My outfits were few this year due to being a new mom, and there were several only done on the mannequin since I couldn’t wear them in the first months after my son was born. The first one I wore this year is the only one I wore in later pregnancy (the brown and black ume komon). I also made and altered several kimono and obi this year. Next year, I hope to do a little more, and maybe there will be more children’s kimono soon!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Simplification of kimono?

I'm not going to lie, as I have become a busy mom, I have tried to find ways to make kitsuke quicker and easier. I have always disliked two-piece kimono because they rarely ever look as neat as a regular kimono, but this one seems better than the others. I'm thinking of making my own prototype similar to this to see how it works on myself and maybe just to have that quick "go-to" outfit when I'm in a time crunch, and it's not a formal situation. I actually already own the t-shirt juban she wears (and it works surprisingly well!) and I've strongly debated converting some of my more damaged obi to the type she wears here.

 How do you feel about this kind of kimono? Would you wear it?

Friday, November 3, 2017

First Fudangi Friday

Here is my first Fudangi Friday! I paired this purple momiji komon with a brown owl obi.