December 31, 2013

AF's Kimono Calendar: December 2013

AF's Kimono Calendar Dec 2013

Black Oshima & Snow Obi

BLACK Ōshima Awase Kimono
Umbrellas in Snow Nagoya Obi
Teal Green Obijime cord
Crimson and Grey Obiage sash
Nagajuban with Purple Shibori collar

I wore this ensemble for the University end-of-year party, and tried to dress as chic as I possibly could. (The picture, BTW, is taken in my office mirror.) I totally fell in love with this obi a few days before I wore it here. I love the colors and I love umbrellas, and the metallics and feel of the obi, plus with the snow is perfect for winter! The obi depicts umbrellas from above walking along a stone path, perhaps to a temple. If the obi is wrapped around in one direction, the front shows the stone path above and a single teal-green umbrella below off-center to the side (as seen here). If the obi is wrapped around in the other direction (as I wore next), instead of the stone path, a pinkish lavender and a teal-green umbrella appears instead. I chose this side of the obi here for this event because I thought it was more chic. What do you think?

Blue Oshima & Snow Obi

BLUE Ōshima Awase Kimono
Umbrellas in Snow Nagoya Obi
Crimson Obijime cord ?
Green? Blue? Obiage sash with crimson shibori dots
Nagajuban with Purple Shibori collar

December 24 (Tue)
Much to my annoyance I had to attend a meeting for the National Center Entrance Exams on CHRISTMAS! So I could not visit my parents and brother’s family for Christmas this year. Instead, to console myself, I went to kabuki on Tuesday to see the Genroku Chūshingura play staring Kichiemon. I go nearly every year, but this time I made my reservations too late, so couldn’t sit in the seat I always do, but maybe the seat I got just by luck was actually better than my normal one, being on the other side of the hanamichi.

Anyway, this time I wore my blue Ōshima kimono and umbrellas-in-snow obi, but as I recall, I reversed the colors of the obiage sash and obijime cord; this time wearing a bright crimson obijime and a light green obiage with minute red dots in shibori. I went out after the play, and forgot I hadn’t taken a picture of the ensemble, and unfortunately only remembered after I had already taken off the obiage and obijime.

Purple Tsumugi & Mum Hanhaba Obi

Purple Nishijiin weave stripe tsumugi
西陣織縞紬 鳩羽紫色
Hanahaba Silk obi with chrysanthemum motif
Egg-shell white Obijime cord
Nagajuban with Purple Shibori collar

December 31 (Tue)
The last day of the year, I ended up going out to dinner with a friend, and wore this purple tsumugi with blue stripe kimono. I had recently purchased this obi, and thought this was probably the last chance to wear it this season; chrysanthemums not being particularly seasonal come January.

Mum Hanhaba Obi Bow

Purple Tsumugi

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December 14, 2013

What Kimono Not to Buy: Obi Conundrums

Kikuchi Ima Coordinating Obi

Kikuchi Ima wrote a book about what kimono not to buy, which I am still in the process of reading, titled “Kikuchi wants to tell you! What a kimono and kimono goods not to buy” (きくちいまが伝えたい! 買ってはいけない着物と着物まわり). (She also has a kimono shop in Kichijoji, きくちいまのひきだし屋.

Kikuchi Ima suggests in her book that when one buys a kimono with a highly colorful and bold design, one should buy a matching obi at the same time, or at least ask the shop staff for suggestions on what would be a matching obi. She uses her own experience as an example. She spent all her money on the kimono and had none left to buy an obi, thinking surely one of the obi she already had would match. (I have had the very same experience so I can perfectly relate.) Anyway, in the picture above, she shows what she thought were the best-bet choices for this kimono from her own collection of obi. In the end, she wore the obi on the lower left for her book publishing party in honor of this book. She rejected the geometric obi next to it on the right, but this is the one I would have chosen. However, it is indeed very hard to tell from photos what it would look like together in real life. In my personal experience, it is a rare case when a kimono ensemble I planned from images actually works out in real life.

Anyhow, I have become fascinated with this challenge. Since I love to coordinate, my first challenge to myself is what obi to match with this kimono in an ideal scenario. More appropriately, and closer to the point that Kikuchi Ima was making, my second challenge is what obi do I already own that I could wear with such a kimono as this one.

Ideal??? Recommended???

(1) First challenge: What recycle obi would I have bought SPECIFICALLY to go with this kimono?

Assuming I was a kimono shop staff, and had a fairly unlimited amount of recycle obi on hand to choose from, what obi would I recommend to go with this kimono? And what obi would I have purchased if I was the buyer?

What I actually did was do a google image search for Nagoya obi. Since this kimono has a motif of peonies, that was part of the search: Nagoya obi – peony – color. The colors I choose to search for were, obviously, the colors found in the kimono. Naturally, being me, the first search I did was for purple and black; I thought a black or possibly lavender base would work well with this kimono. Perhaps black is a bit too dark, but of these four options here, I would have bought (B) Black Nagoya Obi with Purple Peony Motif. I am not sure of the order of my search, but next looked for a green or orange base, and lastly thought of yellow. Which do YOU like best? Feel free to comment here!

Other Ideas

(2) Second Challenge: What obi do I ALREADY OWN that would best match this kimono?

AF's own obi

(3) Third Challenge: How to best coordinate my Taisho-esque Kimono. All suggestions welcome.

Taisho-esque Kimono Coordinations

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December 02, 2013

Radioactive Water Leakage at Fukushima and What Is Being Done about It

Based on a NHK Special Broadcast 2013.12.1

Radioactive Water Leakage Graph

Leakage of radioactive water at the Fukushima power plants has been an ongoing problem. Efforts to reduce the leakage of radioactive water into the sea continued to have progressive results through 2011. However, after the early months of 2012 the effectiveness of prevention failed to progress further, and since then the levels have on occasion risen above the national standard limit of radiation (100 bequerels/liter). One of the major problems is trying to discover where the leakage is coming from. The present efforts are geared to 1) finding the leaks and 2) containing the whole area.

NHK Model of Fukushima Reactor

When the fuel rods in the reactor melted down, they became radioactive goop (technical term) at the bottom of the reactor core. To prevent further reaction, cooling water was showered in from above, which still continues at present. This radioactive water is leaking down to the containment vessel—so far so good—this is the purpose of the containment vessel. However, the radioactive water is leaking down from there into the suppression pools, then leaking onto the basement floor and flowing into the turbine room (where the contained none-radioactive water would be cooled in a functioning reactor), and from there flowing into the trenches, which overflowed and leaked out to sea. The overflow of radioactive water is now being collected and put into storage tanks and no longer flowing into the sea. One problem solved, except what to do with all the radioactive water and the increasing number of storage tanks.

Next issue, measurement of the radioactive level of the sea water around Fukushima shows that there is still radioactive material leaking from somewhere, but where? How to find the leakage and contain the area in the meantime?

Water Leakage Model

Measurements of the soil from sampling wells around Reactor No. 1 have supplied information on the flow of radioactive water in the ground soil. The orange columns in the image show the location of the measuring devices and graph by height the levels of tritium radiation, combined with an image of the flow of radioactive water. There are three different radioactive materials involved: cesium 137 (half-life 30 years), strontium-90 (half-life 29 years), and tritium (half-life 12 years). Due to the chemical qualities and solubility of these materials, cesium tends to flow slower and remains near the leakage site, strontium flows a little bit further faster, but tritium flows much faster and farther, which is likely why much more of it has been found leaking to the sea.

Radioactive Water Flow Model

Apparently this is not where the leakage was expected, and from the news, I thought it was the 1000 or so radioactive-water storage tanks that were beginning to leak. However, the leakage seems to be coming from the single storage tank near Reactor No. 1 and its turbine housing, and the majority of the leakage from the latter. Why are there leaks in these places? The recent thought on the matter is that when the level of radioactive water in the structure rises above the level of water in the ground, the natural pressure forcing equilibrium between the two water levels causes the radioactive water to seep through small cracks in the housing structure.

Water Seepage Model

Ice Wall
What’s being done about it? At present a frozen-earth barrier, or artificial permafrost wall, is being built to contain the area and prevent the radioactive water from reaching the sea. To create this frozen earth wall, refrigeration pipes are being buried to a depth of a 100 feet at one meter intervals. Once in place, it’s expected to take about a year, any water coming in contact with the wall would freeze as well making it even stronger. This frozen barrier is not a Japanese invention; a similar frozen barrier was installed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee in 1996-97. The technique to supply the long-term high-energy demand of this ice barrier is also to be based on the system at Oak Ridge using thermosyphons, some sort of passive recycle system which exploits natural ground heat to produce energy (ground heat boils water- steam rises- condenses to water- falls back down- repeat).

Progress of Refrigeration Pipes

Japanese experts have also gone to the Hanford Site, a largely decommissioned nuclear production complex and nuclear waste landfill in Washington state, to learn about measures being used there to contain escaping radiation contamination. Apparently one successful measure there has been to use calcium filters to make a strontium barrier. Somehow the two chemically react—I think the strontium is caught by the phosphates in the calcium—and the strontium is contained and only the calcium released.

Model of Calcium Filter Barrier

However (with Fukushima there is always a “however”) as it turns out, as an emergency measure sea water had to be used at Fukushima to cool the reactors. As a result, the radioactive water is full of bittern (a liquid produced when salt is extracted from sea-water)—many 1000s of ppm worth, making the calcium filter idea pretty much untenable.

In the meantime, the hunt for the leaks goes on, recently using a remote-control mini-boat with a camera to navigate the water in the reactor to locate holes and cracks….

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November 30, 2013

AF's Kimono Calendar: November 2013 - PART 2

AF's November Kimono Calendar

pink tsumugi kimono
Nov. 23 (Sat)
Crimson-Pink Tsumugi kimono
Synthetic Hassun Nagoya Obi with Embroidered Leaves
(probably kudzu or grape leaves)
Tanuki Fur Edged Shawl

I do believe I bought this kimono the week before, the week I didn’t wear any kimono. I was in Kagurazaka on Monday the week before (see here), saw a kimono I liked at went back for it, but it had been already sold. However, I fell in love with this one at first sight, and the shop staff confessed that this kimono was much nicer than the one I had seen the week before. Luckily it was not only on sale, but since I also bought the yellow Nagoya obi with chrysanthemum pattern the kimono was paired with, I also got a set discount. Nice! I couldn’t wait to wear this kimono, so when a friend came to visit me from England I wore it to meet her and walk around Ueno.

* Note to self: Should try wearing Vanilla-chan Hakata obi with this pink tsumugi next.

Pink Tsumugi Back
Synthetic Hassun Nagoya Obi with Embroidered Leaves
Tied in the Tsunodashi Bow (角だし)
Sherbet-orange obijime
Blue, or possibly green, obiage with crimson shibori dots

Since this kimono is too small, and the sleeves ridiculously short, I wore the nagajuban I had resewn to fit my too small recycle kimonons. Nevertheless, the sleeves of this nagajuban were still too long for the kimono, so I had to pin them up.

* The shop staff thought there was no way I could wear a kimono this much too small for me and at first resisted letting me try it on. But I insisted sure I can wear it; I am used to too small kimonos, and sure enough, I can just barely wear it, but will eventually have the sleeves lengthened.

Blue Oshima & Hanhaba Hakata
Nov. 24 (Sun)
Blue Ōshima Tsumugi Kimono
Synthetic Hanhaba Hakata Obi
(came as a freebie with my hōmongi shibori yukata)
Blue & Periwinkle Obijime from Awai
Purple Shibori Collar Nagajuban

The next day the two of us visited the Nippori looking for fabric pieces and I ended up buying a much of buttons, and yet another cotton kimono, this time plain light blue. I do believe I have more than sufficient cotton kimono now. But, they are so great in the hot weather spring and fall in Tokyo, because you can just wash them!

We had dinner at the robataya in Asakusa, and also ran into some friends of mine there from Mejiro. It was quite a surprise indeed!

* This kimono was also a bit too small originally, but I did have both the body and the sleeves lengthened since I wear it so often. Although it is, obviously, possible to wear too-small kimono with a bit of contrivance, it is much faster and easier to wear a kimono that is the right size.

**This picture is in front of a house in my neighborhood, walking back from the coffee shop where we had breakfast.

Blue Oshima & Awai Hakata
Nov. 26 (Tue)
Blue Ōshima Tsumugi Kimono
Awai Hakata Nagoya Obi
Awai Blue & Periwinkle Obijime
Lavender Chirimen Obiage

Awai Blue Omeshi Ensemble

Above I am copying this Awai’s coordination (for the details of the Awai ensemble, see here). But, instead of a blue Omeshi kimono, I am wearing a blue Ōshima, and at the last minute, instead of a two-color Awai obiage (mine is grey and crimson), I changed my mind and wore a lavender chirimen obiage to “pop” the lavender stripes in the obi.

* Below is the event I dressed up for that day.

Kitsuke Dressing Contest Nov 2013

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November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Native American Turkeys

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November 27, 2013

Fall leaves Ueno Park


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Fall leaves in Ueno


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Ueno Toshogu


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Fall leaves in Yanaka ( Tokyo )


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Fall leaves in Yanaka (Tokyo )


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November 11, 2013

紅葉情報 2013 Fall Leaves Forecast for Japan・Tokyo Etc

StarTwinkling See also, The Color of Autumn in Japanese Poetry

 2013 Japan Fall Leaves Now

It's finally starting to feel like autumn!

The next important thing in Japan after Cherry Blossoms, is the fall colors, called Kōyō (紅葉) "crimson leaves" in Japanese.

The leaves have already started to change in Hokkaido, but according to the Japanese WeatherNews, the fall leaves are starting to show their colors right about now (Nov. 11th) in both the Kansai region (Kyoto and Osaka) and the greater Kantō region (the greater Tokyo area), and are expected to retain their colors until about mid-December (Dec. 11th).

However, as far as I can see, the leaves have only just started to change in the outskirts of the larger Tokyo region.

* Click on the maps below to interactive fall color maps at their original site.


Rurubu Leaf Forecast Map:
るるぶ.com 紅葉とれたて便

Weathernews Leaf Progress Map
Weathernews 紅葉情報マップ
(requires Flash Player)

2012 Mapple-Net

Mapple Net Interactive Map:
まっぷる 紅葉地図

Walker Plus Fall Leaf Map:


Yahoo Leaf Scenic Spot Map:
(requires Adobe Flash Player)
Yahoo 全国の紅葉スポット

Enjoy Tokyo's Autumn Leaf Famous Places:
* Tokyo: 東京の紅葉
* Tokyo Environs: 神奈川・千葉・埼玉の名所

Japan Tourism Association:
Tokyo Famous Places for Fall leaves:

English Guide:
"" Leaf Guide in English

* See also Enjoy Tokyo:

Guide to Chrysanthemum spots: 菊花展&菊の名所

Guide to Cosmo Flowers Spots: コスモスの名所

Guide to Autumn Roses: 秋のバラ園ガイド

Guide to Autumn Festivals: 秋祭り特集

Guide to Autumn Events: 季節のおでかけ特集

* See also in English:

Japan Times: Japanese festivals and fairs in and around Tokyo

Japan National Tourism Organization: Autumn Leaves & Plum Blossoms

* Related Posts on AF's Now & Then

* The Color of Autumn in Japanese Poetry

* Flowers & Festivals Category

* Kimono Autumn (Hitoe) Category and Kimono Calendar: November 2013

* Completely Unrelated:

Fashion Trendsetter: SpinExpo Autumn/Winter 2014/2015 Fashion & Color Trends


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November 10, 2013

AF's Kimono Calendar: November 2013

AF's Kimono Calendar: October 2013

* A word on the colors of the calendar: The russet, old, and persimmon colors represent the colors of autumn leaves, and the blue represents the clear blue
skies expected in November in Japan (even though we haven’t seen much of them due to the many typhoons this year). It is either sure happenstance, or at least completely unconscious on my part, that the color schemes of my kimono ensembles match the calendar, LOL.

Blue Plaid Tsumugi
2013-11-02 (SAT)
Blue Plaid Tsumugi with Purple Mari-balls Obi

For my first ensemble of November I meant to wear something in continuation with a late October Halloween impression morphing into a fall-leaves November ambience. I had planned to wear this blue plaid tsumugi awase with the owlish cat Nagoya obi, and a sherbet-orange obijime and blue or green shibori-dot obiage.

Blue Plaid Tsumugi with Mari-balls Obi
However, due to rain, I wore this purple synthetic Nagoya obi with a motif of giant mari-balls tied in a tsunodashi bow, but with more or less the same accessories as previously planned. Out of playfulness I added a obi-kazari decoration of a suzu-bell and obi-ogre mask, still continuing over from Halloween, and perhaps to express my annoyance with the rain…

Blue Oshima with Autumn Nagoya obi
2013-11-04 (MON)
Blue Ōshima Awase with Purple Autumn Motif Nagoya Obi

Out of the blue, I was invited to join the Ikebukuro walking-about-in-kimono event, to walk about in Kagurazaka on Monday. I thought I could finally wear my blue plaid tsumugi with the owlish cat obi, but then thought that being with an older crowd likely with more conservative ideas about kimono, I should dress a bit less playfully. Because it was raining, I thought an Ōshima kimono would be the best bet, and dithered about whether to wear my brown Ōshima or this blue Ōshima, but since I couldn’t remember wear the brown Ōshima was, I went with this blue one. I love this blue Ōshima and used to wear it so often, I finally had it re-sewn so that it was long enough for me and also had the sleeves lengthened, but hadn’t worn it since its alteration quite some time ago. I t was like be rejoined with an old friend, but this kimono has never been completely taken apart, washed, and then re-sewn, so it is still quite stiff, unlike my brown Ōshima which is like butter.

Blue Oshima with Autumn Obi detail
As I recall, I accessorized it with the crimson and grey Awai Obiage sash, and periwinkle and dark blue Awai Obijime cord. I wore my lavender lace wool scarf-cum-shawl and rain geta clogs, and brought along a kimono raincoat, just in case the rain really got bad, but luckily the rain stopped after a bit and the sun came out. I also wore my nagajuban with the purple shibori collar, even though I thought I should wear a more appropriate white collar, but was just too lazy to get out another nagajuban.

Blue Pliad Tsumugi with Owlish Cat Obi
2013-11-09 (SAT)
Blue Plaid Tsumugi Awase with Purple Owlish Cat Nagoya Obi

Finally, I got to wear the blue plaid awase with the owlish cat obi! A kimono friend invited some us over to her house in Meguro for dinner on Saturday. So I did a rapid kitsuke (kimono dressing) after class for the event. BTW, S-san is a wonderful person and her husband is a fantastic cook, and all looked wonderful in their kimono ensembles, but we were so busy talking about kimono together, I forgot to take pictures!

I wore my favorite purple-strap geta in case of rain and brought a raincoat, but wore this newly purchased tanuki-fur collar shawl for warmth. It wasn’t so expensive but is very warm, and wow does it look great (or at least I think so), and it is long enough in back to cover and protect the obi.

Purple Tsumugi with Blue Stripe
Now for the rest of the month

Now what to wear for the rest of the month? Or, back to purple! I am thinking of wearing my lavender tsumugi with blue stripe (left), with a off-white with leaves Hassun obi (below left), or the same obi with the Kusagi tsumugi kimono. It is also time I wore my brown Ōshima again, let alone my grey Ojiya tsumugi (perhaps paired with the pink Pillow Book Hassun obi), also I have a dark burgundy polka-dot kimono paired with a black suzu-bell obi for a Christmas theme…

Off-white Hassun Obi with Leaves

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November 02, 2013

Halloween vs. November

Cat Obi and Creme Plaid Hitoe

Similar colors

Thursday was Halloween and I did think up an ensemble, but didn’t have time to change into to it after class. My original idea for the ensemble was as follows:

"I am thinking of this cream plaid Hitoe with the same owlish cat obi, but accessorized with a sherbet-orange obijime cord, and maybe a dark blue obiage? Or, maybe red obijime and sherbet-range obiage? Or maybe green obiage and sherbet-orange obijime? Worn with my Nagajuban with the purple shibori collar…"

Purple Yuuki Hitoe
However, I had decided to wear this same purple Yuuki kimono, before putting it away for the new season. Of course, I was still planning on wearing the owlish-cat Nagoya obi, and thought I would accessorize it with the orange sherbet obijime cord, and would probably in the end wear either a blue or a yellow obiage sash.

Blue Plaid Tsumugi


Since in the end, I didn’t have time to wear a kimono for Halloween, the next ensemble I thought up was to be a continuation or contrast with my thoughts on a Halloween ensemble. For the first Saturday of November, I had planned to wear this blue plaid tsumugi awase, now that it is definitely lined kimono season, and as I remember the sherbet-orange obijime and blue or green shibori-dot obiage. However, it was raining, so I wore this purple synthetic obi instead, but with more or less the same accessories as previously planned.

Blue Plaid Awase Kimono

Misc. Obiage

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October 26, 2013

AF's Kimono Calendar: October 2013

AF's Kimono Calendar 2013 Oct

Maroon Muji

Maroon Muji Hitoe

With the start of classes, various events, typhoons, and rain, I have only been able to get myself in kimono twice this month. For the first weekend of the month I had a museum opening ceremony to go to and was much perplexed as to what to wear. I wanted to wear a Hitoe (unlined kimono) due to the season and temperature, but most of my Hitoe kimono are tsumugi, and hence too informal for such an event. I decided on this synthetic muji (design only in the weave) kimono and paired it with the best obi I had at hand, this machine-embroidered abstract floral pattern of-white Nagoya obi.

Maroon Hitoe Coordination I accessorized it with a white shibori (with charming purple dots) obiage sash, and semi-formal plum-color obijime cord. I do believe I wore my lavender synthetic-blend ro-weave nagajuban underneath, and formal silver zōri sandals.

Ama-coat Michiyuki

Ama-coat cum Michiyuki

Here I am standing in front of the museum for the opening. To protect my kimono and obi on the long train and bus ride, I wore this maroon michiyuki over it. This michiyuki is actually a ama-coat, the name for a kimono raincoat, but since it is very short (I bought it used just because I loved the color and it was cheap), I wear it as a michiyuki jacket.


Since the museum was in Hakone, the heart of onsen hot-spring territory, my friend and I couldn’t resist not spontaneously deciding to stay overnight. The next day it was pouring, but luckily I had brought along a full-length kimono raincoat. We taxied to the station and didn’t have to get out again until reaching the station near my home. I raced home in what had become light rain, changed into rain geta clogs, grabbed my usb memory stick that contains all my class powerpoint presentations, and raced on to class. The picture at the top was taken in the onsen hotel room.

Maroon and Silver Nagoya ObiThe next Saturday I had a recorder concert to go to, and had planned to change into a kimono after class (the same kimono, but different yet similar obi), but the students asked lots of questions (OMG they were actually listening?!), so I didn’t have time to change in the end. Anyway, because I had planned to change I just threw any old thing on that would be appropriate for teaching, but everyone complimented me on my outfit much to my surprise. Unfortunately I neglected to take a picture, but best as I remember, I wore a dark reddish-purple liner, white short-sleeved blouse, dark purple summer lace sweater, black skirt, purple flats, and a gold and purple necklace. Sunday I went to pick up the obi I had really wanted to wear with this kimono but was currently residing elsewhere, pictured in the calendar on the 12th, but I actually picked it up on the 13th. The next weekend I wore a kimono, and everyone commented on how it was like a kimono version of the coordination in Western clothes I had worn the week before.

Dark Purple Yuuki Hitoe
Dark Purple Yuuki Hitoe

This is the first time I have worn this kimono, even though I bought it about two years ago. It is way too short for me, and I knew it when I bought it, but just loved it so much I couldn’t help myself. I don’t think there is enough material in it for it to be lengthened, but I had been thinking about taking it out and bringing it to the kimono shop and have them assess the situation.

Anyway, after a painfully long enduring heat wave well into the fall season, it suddenly turned cold and rainy, and I had nothing to wear, and Yuuki tsumugi is for me the kimono equivalent of comfort food. The fabric is just so soft and comfy and warm. So, fantasizing about this kimono, I managed o drag myself out of bed and go hunt it up. Oddly enough it was at the bottom of the tsumugi drawer. Since it was a “OMG I got up too late and still have to shower” morning, coupled with the time spent finding the thing, I had to get myself dressed as rapidly as possible.

Hakata Hanhaba ObiHence I wore a hanhaba (half-width) Hakata obi in white and purple, tied in what I think is called a ya-no-ji bow (矢の字結び), but they lady at the kimono shop I stopped at on the way home called it a kōken-musubi (後見結び), tied with a two-tone periwinkle-grey and dark blue (what’s dark periwinkle?) obijime cord. The black velvet thing draped on my arm is a kimono shawl and the mauve bow is a hair clip I use to clip the shawl together when wearing the shawl so it doesn’t keep sliding off my shoulder when I am carrying something in both hands. Underneath I wore my blue cotton lace nagajuban, and likely my rain geta clogs because it looked like rain. After to class, I went to Ginza to kill some time, and bought the wool-silk kimono shawl that I wore with Western clothes on the 25th, and the day before that, and…

Cat Obi and Creme Plaid Hitoe

Similar colors

So I haven’t decided yet what to wear tomorrow, if it decides to stop raining, maybe this same purple Yuuki but with my blue Kururi Nagoya obi, hmm? However, Thursday is Halloween so I do need to think up a Halloween theme ensemble. I am thinking of this cream plaid Hitoe with the same cat obi, but accessorized with a sherbet-orange obijime cord, and maybe a dark blue obiage? Or, maybe red obijime and sherbet-range obiage? Or maybe green obiage and sherbet-orange obijime? Worn with my Nagajuban with the purple shibori collar…

Purple Yuuki Hitoe in Asakusa
Purple Yuuki Hitoe in Asakusa
2013-10-27 (Sun)

Last Sunday was a “Kimono Project” event at the Amuse Museum in Asakusa. I dragged a friend along and she bought a kimono there, had herself dressed in it, and then we walked around Asakusa in kimono together.

Coffee Shop
Coffee-ya in Asakusa

We went together through my regular Asakusa course, more-or-less. Starting at this coffee shop for lunch, then going to the Kimono Project at Amuse Museum, then returning to the station to put her Western clothes in a locker after she was dressed in kimono, stopping at the kimono shop in Matsuya where we made more purchases and I bought my chrysanthemum obidome clasp. Then we walked back to Sensoji temple and I pointed out my favorite shops in the way, we visited the chrysanthemum display at the temple, paid our respects at the temple, and then hurried off to the robataya-san for food and drinks in the evening. Anyhow, my friend looked absolutely lovely in her kimono, and below is a photo of us together at the kimono shop in the department store.

With friend

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