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 no way I was going to be able to wear kimono without some seriously embarrassing leaking going on. And of course, she decided to end her nursing strike in the middle of the concert. Small price to pay for a healthy baby!
Lily absolutely adored the concert – she’s well and truly a taiko baby, which I suppose is appropriate, seeing that’s how Arian and I met and we’re both members of SF Taiko Dojo 🙂 It felt a little weird sitting in the audience rather than doing costuming backstage and dressing people in kimono for the flower presentations…maybe next year when she’s a little older I can help again. Lily didn’t seem phased at all by wearing kimono and was totally walking around hamming it up to EVERYONE. At one point during intermission, we put her down on the ground to stand up for a second, and everyone formed a circle around her to take photos. She just stood there, with a coy little smile on her face, teasing every now and then with a big grin.
She also got photographed by a photographer for a Japanese magazine based in Tokyo and is likely to be published!
I made the hairbow for her out of vintage kimono fabric – it has little tsumami flowers on it. Her orange kimono is from Ichiroya, and her hifu from eBay.
And here she is with Kasumi-san and Makoto-san of Osuwa Daiko. The founder of Osuwa Daiko is credited with creating what is now called kumi-daiko (modern taiko performances outside of shrine/festival/traditional) – and he is also our Sensei’s sensei. Kasumi-san is the daughter of Oguchi-Sensei and Makoto-san is his grandson and heir of Osuwa Daiko.