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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…

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…

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…

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…

2008 Cherry Blossom Festival – Taisho!

Last year I went nice and subdued for Cherry Blossom Festival. Well, this year I didn’t! I decided to re-vamp my Taisho ensemble with some new pieces. Namely the gorgeous tsuzumi obi, red accessories and zori. My batteries were unknowingly flat in my camera, so I’ve had to rely on other people’s photos: It was…

A Rose By Any Other Name Is…FUGLY!

At Cherry Blossom Festival a few weeks ago, Genji had a large number of sale racks with kimono for $20. Arian pulled out this awesome black and white swirly kimono and we instantly went “oooh!!!”…..until we both saw the roses and went “Urgh!” I still felt the kimono had potential though – the black swirls…

Work Christmas Party Outfit

It was the work Christmas party tonight. I wore my version of a “cocktail dress”. While not as all-round polished as my last outfit – this was still a fun outfit to put together. I was happy with how my collars sat – I’m not sure if the colour combination worked as well as I…

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 –…

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