January 22, 2016

Cherry Blossom Schedule Forecast in Japan 2016 桜開花スケジュール

OMG! It's that time of year again!

Ariwara no Narihira (825-880), Tales of Ise #82

"In this world, if only it weren't for the cherry blossoms, my heart of spring would not be in disarray."

世の中に 絶えて桜の なかりせば 春の心は のどけからまし

The private site Weathermap has the first cherry-blossom forecast up this year, but the most reliable sites are the official Japan Weather Association’s tenki.jp and the Japanese WeatherNews’s weathernews.jp. Both of the latter should be updating their sites soon.

Tokyo: 3/26日 (blossoms open), 4/2 (full bloom)
Osaka: 3/28 (blossoms open), 4/5 (full bloom)
Kyoto: 3/28 (blossoms open), 4/4 (full bloom)

(Kyushu) Fukuoka: 3/23(blossoms open), 4/2 (full bloom)
Hiroshima: 3/27 (blossoms open), 4/4 (full bloom)
Niigata: undetermined (blossoms open), undetermined (full bloom)
Nagano: undetermined (blossoms open), undetermined (full bloom)
Sendai: undetermined (blossoms open), undetermined (full bloom)
(Hokkaido) Sapporo: undetermined (blossoms open), undetermined (full bloom)

The cherry blossoms should continue to bloom for five to six days after their peak (full bloom), depending on weather.

Several forecast maps will soon be available online so you can keep up with the moving cherry blossom front.

Cherry Blossom Flowering Date Maps:

Weather News Map (Current State Live)
* At WeatherNews site, click button "Sakura Simulator" for forecast by date. 


Mapple Net Map (Current State Live)
Run cursor over the area you are interested in.

tenki_dot_jp=sakura-expectation2012JWA Forecast Map (Forecast Prediction)

Japan Weather Agency 気象庁の桜の開花予想
(Forecast Prediction)
(Unfortunately ended as of 2009)
* See: http://hanazakura.jp/


Enjoy Tokyo Blossom Viewing

Walkerplus Famous Places in Tokyo


* EnjoyTokyo Department Store Box Lunches for Blossom Viewing

Tokyo Yokohama Information: Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots

Japan Guide: Popular Hanami Spots

All About: 江戸の名所で桜を愛でよう

* Japan Guide on Blossom Viewing in English

* See also Infoseek for more links (in Japanese):

にほんブログ村 テレビブログ 大河ドラマ・時代劇へ
にほんブログ村 美術ブログ 古美術・骨董へ
にほんブログ村 ファッションブログ 着物着付けへ

auberginefleur at 12:48|PermalinkComments(0)Flowers & Festivals 

January 15, 2016

2016 NHK Taiga Drama: "Sanadamaru" January: Eps. 1-2

NHK World Premium > Schedules > Historical Drama "Sanadamaru" NHK:

"The historical drama for 2016 is the life story of Nobushige Sanada, commonly known as Yukimura Sanada, a leading military commander of the Warring States Period. Sanada lived through the war-torn era showing his great intelligence and leadership, and built the most powerful fort named "Sanadamaru" in the Siege of Osaka Castle."

image024 NHK Historical Drama "Sanadamaru" Eps. 1 "Sailing Out"

Jan 10 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Jan 11 (Mon) 3:05-4:02
Jan 16 (Sat) 13:05-13:49

"In February 1582 (Tensho 10), nine years after the sudden death of the great commander Takeda Shingen [Kunishiro Hayashi], the Takeda family is facing a grave crisis under the leadership of Katsuyori [Takehiro Hira], the head of the family. Following a betrayal by one of their senior vassals, their domain is invaded by the large force of Oda Nobunaga [Kotaro Yoshida], who takes castle after castle. Sanada Masayuki [Masao Kusakari], another vassal of the Takada family, suggests they counterattack at Iwabitsu Castle, Oda's residence in Kozuke province. After Masayuki heads off to prepare the attack, his sons, Nobuyuki [Yo Oizumi] and Nobushige [Masato Sakai], are visited in secret by Katsuyori, who tells them he will not be going to Iwabitsu. The brothers split off from the main force of the Takeda family, which is retreating to Iwadono Castle in Kai. They instead head for Iwabitsu, where their father awaits. As the enemy force approaches, their desperate journey to protect their family is just beginning."

image024 NHK Historical Drama "Sanadamaru" Eps. 2 "Decision"

Jan 17 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Jan 18 (Mon) 3:05-3:49
Jan 23 (Sat) 13:05-13:49

"Nobuyuki [Yo Oizumi] and Nobushige [Masato Sakai], together with other members of the Sanada family, are trying to flee from the Takeda family's home ground in Shinpu to Iwabitsu Castle in Joshu, where their father awaits them. The party is confronted by a throng of bandits who prey on defeated fleeing warriors. The brothers proceed while pulling together their family, including their spirited sister Matsu [Yoshino Kimura] and whimsical mother Kaoru [Atsuko Takahata]. During their journey, they receive news that Katsuyori [Takehiro Hira], the head of the Takeda family, was betrayed as he fled to Iwadono Castle. With the destruction of the Takeda family, the situation suddenly becomes fluid. A prominent warlord of the Tokai area, Tokugawa Ieyasu [Seiyo Uchino], is one of those watching for an opportunity to grab hold of the former Takeda territories. Now that they've lost their master, the Sanada family is pressed to decide who to side with; the Hojo family or the Uesugi family. The decision, delivered by Masayuki [Masao Kusakari] in front of his sons, Nobuyuki and Nobushige, is totally unexpected."


NHK World Premium > Schedules > Historical Drama "Sanadamaru" (in English)

NHK 大河ドラマ「真田丸」Homepage: http://www.nhk.or.jp/sanadamaru/

Character Chart 登場人物相関図: http://www.nhk.or.jp/sanadamaru/cast/index02.html

Character Chart ENGLISH !: http://www.nhk.or.jp/sanadamaru/en/cast/index02.html

*Click Blogmura logo for other blogs (in Japanese) on Taiga Drama and Jidai Geki (and increase my ranking there!)
にほんブログ村 テレビブログ 大河ドラマ・時代劇へ

auberginefleur at 13:37|PermalinkComments(0)NHK Sanadamaru 

First Tea Lesson of the Year 2015-1-11

Purple komon awase kimono
Fukuro obi (which I actually bought for this kimono)
Michiyuki kimono coat
Fur collar knit wool shawl

2016-1-11 Hatsu-keiko

auberginefleur at 12:58|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Winter (Awase) | Kimono: My Collection Etc.

January 10, 2016

2016 NHK Taiga Drama: "Sanadamaru" START

I really like this year's NHK TAIGA Drama: "Sanadamaru" !
The Official NHK Taiga Drama HP is fantastic! And has ENGLISH !

The life of the last great commander in the Warring States period, Sanada Yukimura

"His real name was Sanada Genjiro Nobushige. Curious and adventure-loving, Sanada Nobushige tore through the Warring States period and eventually became a legendary commander who even awed the ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu.

There is another story behind the legend of Sanada Yukimura. This is the story of a family-loving second son, Nobushige, who looked up to his genius father and his intelligent older brother. While growing up with his family in his hometown, he faced many troubles and worries as he tried to survive through turbulent times.

He completed the construction of Sanada Maru, the last and strongest fortress during the Summer Siege of Osaka. His life until this time could also be described as the long journey of the small family boat Sanada Maru through the rough seas of the Warring States period."

Sanadamaru Objective

A story of the love and survival of the Sanada Family, a middle-class family in the Warring States period

"As the Muromachi shogunate fell, everything in life unraveled and the area was plunged into the chaos of the Warring States period. Everyone, from lords to commoners, struggled to survive from day to day. It was a time when only people who possessed luck and something unique - wit, intellect, stamina or leadership - could advance to the next stage of the survival game. It was a time when no one could tell who would be still standing tomorrow.

The Sanada family were vassals of the lord of Shinano province. They were not a powerful family and they barely survived during this time of war. They relied solely on the instincts of the father Masayuki and his ability to develop strategies and tactics. Nobuyuki and Nobushige grew up learning a lot from their father. They never stopped loving their family during the Warring States period, a time when killing a sibling was nothing out of the ordinary. They never lost their love for each other even when they ended up taking different sides in a battle with Tokugawa. There are many stories about the Warring States period, but the legend of the Sanada family appeals to so many because it is a pure story of family love.

In order to save his family and comrades, Sanada Nobushige learned never to give up, no matter how tough the situation. As he did so, he grew into an invincible commander. Eventually, the curious-minded second son of the middle-class family also became a legendary figure, who awed Tokugawa Ieyasu."


NHK World Premium > Schedules > Historical Drama "Sanadamaru" (in English)

NHK 大河ドラマ「真田丸」Homepage: http://www.nhk.or.jp/sanadamaru/

Character Chart 登場人物相関図: http://www.nhk.or.jp/sanadamaru/cast/index02.html

Character Chart ENGLISH !: http://www.nhk.or.jp/sanadamaru/en/cast/index02.html

*Click Blogmura logo for other blogs (in Japanese) on Taiga Drama and Jidai Geki (and increase my ranking there!)
にほんブログ村 テレビブログ 大河ドラマ・時代劇へ

auberginefleur at 14:54|PermalinkComments(0)NHK Sanadamaru 

January 06, 2016

Yesterday's Kimono 2016-1-5 (Tue)

Purple Stripe Awase Kimono 紫筋袷
Meisen Butterfly Nagoya Obi 銘仙の蝶々柄名古屋帯
Ginza Musubi Bow 銀座結び


2016-1-5 f

2016-1-5 b-l-ed

* クリックしてね
にほんブログ村 ファッションブログ 着物着付けへ
Blog Mura Kitsuke

auberginefleur at 14:37|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Winter (Awase) | Kimono: My Collection Etc.

December 30, 2015

AF’s Kimono Calendar DECEMBER 2015

Kimono 2015-12-DEC-JPEG

Kimono 2015-12-1 e

Kimono 2015-12-5 e

Kimono 2015-12-8 a

Kimono 2015-12-5 d

* クリックしてね
にほんブログ村 ファッションブログ 着物着付けへ
Blog Mura Kitsuke

auberginefleur at 15:53|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Calendar | Kimono Winter (Awase)

November 30, 2015

AF’s Kimono Calendar NOVEMBER 2015

Kimono Calendar 2015-11 NOV JPEG

Kimono 2015-11-1

Kimono 2015-11-24 e

Kimono 2015-11-28 f

Kimono 2015-11-28 d-ed

Kimono 2015-11-30 e

Kimono 2015-11-27

* クリックしてね
にほんブログ村 ファッションブログ 着物着付けへ
Blog Mura Kitsuke

auberginefleur at 21:14|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Winter (Awase) | Kimono Calendar

November 10, 2015

English Tour of Famous Meiji Period Pawn Shop

iseya pawn shop

This is a fantastic opportunity to have an English tour of an important cultural property not ordinarily open to the public, the Meiji period pawn shop used by the female novelist Higuchi Ichiyo.

If you would like to attend, just click the "plan to attend" button on the event site.

On the afternoon of Nov. 21, the Bunkyo Ward in conjunction with Atomi University will hold a tour in ENGLISH of the Former Iseya Pawn Shop, which was frequented by the famous Japanese woman novelist, Higuchi Ichiyō (1872-1896). This is a very rare opportunity to see the interior of the pawn shop and hear an explanation in English.

PS. The tour is FREE!!!

For more on Higuchi Ichiyō, whose image also graces the 5000 yen bill, see the wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichiyō_Higuchi

Some of her short stories can be found in “In the Shade of Spring Leaves: The Life of Higuchi Ichiyo, with Nine of Her Best Stories”, which I highly recommend.

auberginefleur at 11:19|PermalinkComments(0)Tsurezure Misc Notes 

October 31, 2015

AF’s Kimono Calendar OCTOBER 2015

Kimono Calendar 2015-10 OCT JPEG

Kimono 2015-10-22

Kimono 2015-10-25

Kimono 2015-10-Halloween

Kimono 2015-10-30

* クリックしてね
にほんブログ村 ファッションブログ 着物着付けへ
Blog Mura Kitsuke

auberginefleur at 23:58|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Winter (Awase) | Kimono Calendar

September 30, 2015

AF’s Kimono Calendar SEPTEMBER 2015

Kimono Calendar 2015-10 SEP JPG

* クリックしてね
にほんブログ村 ファッションブログ 着物着付けへ
Blog Mura Kitsuke

auberginefleur at 19:50|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Calendar | Kimono Autumn (Hitoe)

September 27, 2015

Saturday Night Kimono 2015-9-26


・ Dark brown cotton kimono with woven design of interlocking rings (shippō-moyō)

・ Line-green cotton Nagoya obi with stylized magnolia flowers

The seller's photos, for a better idea of the real colors (with a little help from "Paint")


Pale sherbet orange obiage and teal-green obijime
(Note to self: wish I had an obiage in the teal-green color of that obijime, also wish I had a darker peach obiage to stand out more...)


Personally, I rather like how the Ginza musubi turned out
[pleased with self :-) ]


* クリックしてね
にほんブログ村 ファッションブログ 着物着付けへ
Blog Mura Kitsuke

auberginefleur at 17:10|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Autumn (Hitoe) | Kimono: My Collection Etc.

September 26, 2015

Friday night kimono 2015-9-25

Dark brown cotton kimono and Hakata half-width obi





auberginefleur at 14:40|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Autumn (Hitoe) | Kimono: My Collection Etc.

September 21, 2015

Kimono coat and haori-cardigan with Western clothes

haori-cardigan 2015-9-21 (Mon)



kimono raincoat 2015-9-17 (Thu)


auberginefleur at 15:07|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono: My Collection Etc. 

September 19, 2015

Saturday night kimono 2015-9-19

Rose motif grey kurume-gasuri hitoe and Hakata-esque half-width obi



auberginefleur at 15:57|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Autumn (Hitoe) | Kimono: My Collection Etc.

September 14, 2015

Monday kimono 2015-9-14

"Mt. Fuji" shibori komon hitoe and Nishijin weave obi



auberginefleur at 15:08|PermalinkComments(0)Kimono Autumn (Hitoe) | Kimono: My Collection Etc.