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2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – Sunday Morning

A few weeks ago we went to Fillmore Street in San Francisco to have brunch with Arian’s friend. Afterwards, we walked around window shopping when we unexpectedly stumbled across a tiny Japanese antique store. I could see through the doorway a rack of kimono along the back door and of course, immediately became excited! Ever…

2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – Saturday Morning

It was Cherry Blossom Festival time again in Japan Town, San Francisco. Unlike last year where the trees were in full bloom, this year they had only just started blooming. The weather has been extremely erratic around here swinging from being unseasonally warm and wet, back to bitterly Winter cold. My guess is it delayed…

Kimono Challenge #4 – Your least used kimono item(s)

The kimono challenge questions are: 1. How did you discover and get into kimono? 2. Your dearest kimono item(s). 3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.). 4. Your least used kimono item(s). 5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far. 6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono. 7. Kimono confessions….

20th Kimono Day – San Francisco Japantown

The 20th Kimono Day  was held on the 11th of March, the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami that rocked Japan, taking so many lives, destroying towns and leaving many more people left with nothing trying to rebuild their lives.  I remember all too clearly being glued in front of the television watching in utter…

Kitsuke of Yesteryear #3

This is a lovely mother and daughter photograph I have in my collection. While I was drawn to it for a number of reasons, the fact all three of them were wearing plaid kimono really captivated my attention. In the West, we might call this particular pattern (or variations of it) plaid, tartan, tattersall or…

Hinamatsuri 雛祭り 2012

Yesterday (3rd of March), girls all over Japan celebrated Hinamatsuri, alternatively known as Girl’s Day. We don’t have a Hinamatsuri display yet, but I thought it would be fun to dress Lily and myself in kimono to celebrate! Being “Girl’s Day” and early Spring, I thought rather than my usual bold combinations, soft, pastel colours…

Kitsuke of Yesteryear – #2

The previous Kitsuke of Yesteryear post showed early Showa kitsuke. Today, I thought it would be interesting to view Meiji era kitsuke, at least, from the back! From the wonderful OkinawaSoba‘s collection. I find this photograph interesting in a number of different ways – the various hairstyles (which Okinawa Soba and his readers discuss), the more…

Kimono Challenge #2 – Your dearest kimono item(s)

The kimono challenge questions are: 1. How did you discover and get into kimono? 2. Your dearest kimono item(s). 3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.). 4. Your least used kimono item(s). 5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far. 6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono. 7. Kimono confessions….

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