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Summer Chic

“I haven’t had a chance to practice kitsuke for nearly 3 months for various reasons and I’m all sad. I needed to take some photographs for PuchiMaiko so I figured I’d use that as an excuse to dress up. Unfortunately I discovered today that – I am woefully out of kitsuke shape. I need to…

Asian Festival

This past weekend was a busy, yet fun weekend. On Saturday – Fushu Daiko was performing at the Asian Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park which is way out whoop-whoop. It feels almost surreal driving around that area. It has been two years since I last went to the Asian Festival. FD performed there…

Photo Shoot for CityLink Magazine

Well….. that was awfully embarrassing, striking poses in front of people I don’t know, the camera constantly flashing and everyone racing into the studio to check me out. I had to dress myself and I feel my kitsuke is sub-par – I felt really rushed and as a result I did a bad job and…

Photo Shoot Preparation…

Argh! Photo shoot today! *sweats it* I managed to put together a very nice outfit using bits and pieces I would not normally have thought of doing. So I have two outfits – my beloved indigo hanabishi komon with the orange juban, white han-eri and the red hakata obi and my new outfit put together…

Uchikake for Concert!

A few weeks ago I participated in a taiko concert. I only had a small walk-on appearance in the finale – but the costume was spectacular! I was told often during the night that I looked like a Japanese doll. Such a flattering compliment! I must say – wearing uchikake tires you out. It is…

Taishō Chic

“This morning I dressed up in my indigo kimono I purchased early October. I fell lin love with this kimono because the indigo was just so vibrant and the pink and turquoise hanabishi pattern completely won me over. I decided to pair the kimono with my raspberry red hakata obi (the first photograph gives the…

Japanese “Style” Dance

Last night I performed a Japanese style dance at a resturant. I was still quite nervous about performing, but I was much more confident – and did a better job. I don’t really have a large selection of kimono at the moment, so this time round while I’m not fond of it, I wore my…

Addys 2005

I recently attended the South Florida Addys awards with my boss, as our design firm had won a few awards. Being a black tie event, I didn’t really have anything fancy to wear – but then I remembered, my kuro-tomesode! Of course, it is formal, possibly too formal for this event, but being a classic…

Meeting Liza!

I had the opportunity to attend a lecture about geisha on the 17th of November held at the Morikami museum by Liza Dalby. I completely enjoyed the lecture, although I do have to admit I didn’t learn anything new (the lecture concentrated a lot on geisha basics, if you have read her book you would…

Kitsuke, Round 2!

After my first rather painful attempt at kitsuke, I went for Round 2. This time, I dressed much slower, paying closer attention to the instructions. It paid off, and here are the results of Kitsuke Round 2: There are obviously a lot of mistakes, as you’ll see in the following photographs, but the basic comprehension…

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