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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…

Encouragement a.k.a. How Not To Dress

Everyone has to start at some point, right? I finally took a deep breath and attempted my first kitsuke in March 2003. I thought I knew better. I felt I could brave the waters. I was invincible. I failed. To be brutally honest with myself, my first attempt at kitsuke was rather pitiful. Well, actually,…

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