20th Kimono Day – San Francisco Japantown

The 20th Kimono Day  was held on the 11th of March, the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami that rocked Japan, taking so many lives, destroying towns and leaving many more people left with nothing trying…

Kitsuke of Yesteryear #3

This is a lovely mother and daughter photograph I have in my collection. While I was drawn to it for a number of reasons, the fact all three of them were wearing plaid kimono really captivated…

Hinamatsuri 雛祭り 2012

Yesterday (3rd of March), girls all over Japan celebrated Hinamatsuri, alternatively known as Girl’s Day. We don’t have a Hinamatsuri display yet, but I thought it would be fun to dress Lily and myself in kimono…

Kitsuke of Yesteryear – #2

The previous Kitsuke of Yesteryear post showed early Showa kitsuke. Today, I thought it would be interesting to view Meiji era kitsuke, at least, from the back! From the wonderful OkinawaSoba‘s collection. I find this photograph interesting…

Kitsuke of Yesteryear – #1

While I have an appreciation for kimono fashion in general my love lies with pre-WWII, with a focus on The Greater Taisho Period, a time spanning 1910 to 1930. I find this particular period saw massive…

19th Kimono Day – San Francisco Japantown

At long last, we were finally able to attend another kimono day!  San Francisco Japantown’s Kimono Days started shortly before I fell pregnant with Lily and we attended a few. But then with life, work, breastfeeding,…

2011 San Jose Obon Festival

We made a very last minute decision to head out to San Jose Obon today to meet up with some friends. My kimono room is absolute chaos right this moment – with 4 huge boxes of…

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