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Rainy Day Kitsuke

We were going to go to Hakone Gardens today, but it was raining and miserable so I did rainy day kitsuke instead! I decided to wear one of my wool sets I haven’t worn yet, paired with an obi that my lovely friend, Diane gifted me quite some time ago. The outfit was meant to…

Suki Suki Kiss Kanzashi Ensemble!

I purchased the Suki Suki Kiss hairpin from Chidoriya World a little while ago – when it arrived, I was blown away by just how cute it was that I wanted to create an ensemble around it. Please forgive how tired I look – Lily is teething like WHOAH right now – which means NO…

Guess who wore kimono, and who didn’t?

That’s right! Lily wore kimono this weekend for the San Francisco Taiko Dojo concert…and I didn’t! It’s not that I didn’t want to though. I had an awesome tsuzumi overload ensemble planned…but Lily decided to go on a nursing strike Saturday morning, and our very carefully timed outing was thrown to the wind. There was…

Crow-mono!

It’s been forever and a day since I last did kitsuke. Being a new Momma is HARD WORK! Trying to find time to do things for myself at the moment is almost impossible. Also, I breastfeed, so while I should learn how to breastfeed in kimono – I don’t want to risk leaking all over…

Lily’s San Francisco Cherry Blossom Debut!

Lily made her first public kimono debut! Lily’s kimono is from Ichiroya. It was a kimono for a 3 year old and in order to make it fit Miss Lily, who is only just over 2 months old, I had to sew up the excess length, put in shoulder tucks and also reduce the width…

Pregnant Kitsuke – 30 Weeks Pregnant!

At 27 weeks, I went for nice, sweet and subdued…. For 30 weeks, I went for LOUD and OBNOXIOUS. Please meet my pink and turquoise tachibana meisen kimono and my obnoxious purple and yellow shibori haori. I’m really excited about this kimono. I don’t have many Taisho meisen pieces, but the ones I do have…

San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival 2009

My husband and I went to San Francisco’s Cherry Blossom Festival this past weekend and had tons of fun! It gave me the oportunity to wear my two “new” kimono: my Taisho komon furisode hikizuri, and my crazy Taisho “shishi inside yabane” komon! This was the first time I’ve ever worn furisode…or done furisode kitsuke…

What’s Black, White & Red All Over?

I’ve started an “IG Kitsuke Challenges” sub-forum over on ImmortalGeisha – to help encourage people in experimenting with their ensembles: Today I finally had a chance to experiment for the “What’s Black, White & Red All Over” Challenge. My Entries: SUMMER ENSEMBLE: Flickr Link:http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2935294449/in/set-72157607972885691 WINTER ENSEMBLE Flickr Link:http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2935295303/in/set-72157607972885691 http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2935295817/in/set-72157607972885691 http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2935296555/in/set-72157607972885691 Flickr Link:http://flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/2936152890/in/set-72157607972885691

Just Married!

Arian and I recently got married at Hakone Gardens. It was a very private, beautiful ceremony…and of course…I wore kimono!

Special Taiko Event – 40th Anniversary of Taiko in the USA!

On Saturday night I attended the special reception held in honour of my taiko Sensei, Tanaka Sensei, and the anniversary of 40 years of taiko in the USA. I was asked to wear kimono for the event, which stressed me out completely as I’ve never worn kimono to a formal Japanese event before. In the…

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