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All Shogied Out

Today I dressed in kimono and went to the city with Arian. We met up with Tanaka Sensei at the airport and greeted a news crew from NHK that just arrived from Japan. They were in San Francisco to cover a shogi tournament here. After we escorted them to their shuttle, we had lunch with…

Atlanta JapanFest 2006 – Day 2

“Sunday we were at JapanFest again. This time, I decided to go crazy with my kimono and wore a fantastic purple kimono Kate had given me, with a black and white striped obi and my fuchsia obi age and obijime. Kate tied my obi for me and tied bright green netting into the bow –…

Atlanta Japanfest 2006 – Day 1

Friday, my friends and I all headed to Atlanta in the afternoon to prepare for Japan Fest, as one of my friends had her store, Hana-Machi there. Saturday we raced off early to Stone Mountain Park to set up the store. My friends were going to dress as geiko and maiko for the day –…

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…

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…

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