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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 –…

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…

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…

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