Kimono Winter (Awase)

March 21, 2017

March Kimono 2017 弥生の着物 コーデ 平成29 Part II

* Picures have been taken in a mirror, hence they are MIRROR IMAGES!
(鏡の写真ので、衿が逆に映しています。)

Friday Kimono 2017-03-17
"Hatoba" Purple mawata tsumugi with blue stripe awase kimono, Chrysanthemum-arabesque Nagoya obi
西陣織真綿縞紬「鳩羽紫」、藍染めの菊唐草名古屋帯

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Thursday Kimono 2017-03-16
Purple mawata tsumugi with blue stripe awase kimono, Kasuri Nagoya obi
西陣織真綿縞紬「鳩羽紫」、

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Monday Kimono 2017-03-13
Ōshima komon awase kimono, "Purple-chan" Hakata hassun obi
本場泥染真綿大島紬 愛加那絣、「紫ちゃん」博多ハ寸帯

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March 10, 2017

March Kimono 2017 弥生の着物 コーデ 平成29

* Picures have been taken in a mirror, hence they are MIRROR IMAGES!
(鏡の写真ので、衿が逆に映しています。)

Saturday Kimono 2017-03-11
Purple Plaid Tsumugi Awase Kimono, Hassun Peony Obi
伝統工芸品 「楽々」 紫系格 紬袷、八寸の牡丹柄帯

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Friday Kimono 2017-03-10
Dark Blue and Purple Plaid Ise-Momen (Cotton) Kimono, Hanhaba obi woth saura motif
伊勢木綿 濃紺の子持ち格子(八掛けつけ)、桜柄の半幅袋帯

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Wednesday Kimono 2017-03-08
Purple Plaid Tsumugi Awase Kimono
伝統工芸品 「楽々」 紫系格 紬袷

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Tuesday Kimono 2017-03-07
Dark Blue and Purple Plaid Ise-Momen (Cotton) Kimono with Hakkake Lining
伊勢木綿 濃紺の子持ち格子(八掛けつけ)

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Saturday Kimono 2017-03-04
Camellia Motif Momen (Cotton) Hitoe Kimono
椿模様 木綿着物

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Thursday Kimono 2017-03-02
Blue Benkei-gōshi plaid Ōshima Awase Kimono
紺色弁慶格子 大島 袷紬 

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Wednesday Kimono 2017-03-01
Purple Komon Awase Kimono, Gosho-Ningyō (Doll) Nagoya Obi for Doll's Day
紫小紋袷着物、御所人形の塩瀬名古屋帯

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February 28, 2017

February Kimono Round-up 2017 Part II

平成29年2月のAF着物まとめ 下本

*All picures taken in a mirror, hence they are MIRROR IMAGES!
(鏡の写真ので、衿が逆に映しています。)


Friday Kimono 2017-02-24
Purple mawata tsumugi with blue stripe awase kimono, indigo-dyed sakura pattern kyōbukuro obi
紫真綿紬袷、藍染め桜柄 京袋帯

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Thursday Kimono 2017-02-23
Camellia Motif Momen (Cotton) Hitoe Kimono
椿模様 木綿着物

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Wednesday Kimono 2017-02-22
Yuuki Tsumugi Awase Kimono, Gosho-Ningyō (Doll) Nagoya Obi for Doll's Day
結城紬袷着物、御所人形の塩瀬名古屋帯

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Monday Kimono 2017-02-20
Purple Komon Awase Kimono, Hassun Nagoya Obi
紫小紋袷着物、ハ寸名古屋帯

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February 19, 2017

February Kimono Round-up 2017

平成29年2月のAF着物まとめ

*All picures taken in a mirror, hence they are MIRROR IMAGES!

Saturday Kimono 2017-02-18
Purple mawata tsumugi with blue stripe awase kimono, sherbet orange hanhaba Hakata obi worn reverse-side out, kanoko shibori haori, bead haori himo

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Friday Kimono 2017-02-17
Ueda tsumugi stripe kimono, sherbet orange hanhaba Hakata obi worn reverse-side out, kanoko shibori haori, bead haori himo

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Tuesday Kimono 2017-02-07
Purple mawata tsumugi with blue stripe awase kimono, white and periwinkle hanhaba Hakata obi, kanoko shibori haori, bead haori himo

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Saturday Kimono 2017-02-04
Cotton camellia kasuri print kimono, Camellia Hassun obi,

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Friday Kimono 2017-02-03
Purple mawata tsumugi with blue stripe awase kimono, purple and blue hanhaba Hakata obi, kanoko shibori haori, bead haori himo

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Wednesday Kimono 2017-02-01
Ueda tsumugi stripe kimono, antique pink and cream hanhaba Hakata obi, kanoko shibori haori, bead haori himo made from a bracelet I received as a Christmas present from my brother and family!

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February 18, 2017

January 2017 Kimono Round-Up Part II

平成29年1月のAF着物まとめ

*All picures taken in a mirror, hence they are MIRROR IMAGES!

Saturday Kimono 2017-01-28
Ōshima Benkeijima-check tsumugi awase kimono, Black kanoko shibori haori, Hakata hanhaba obi

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Friday Kimono 2017-01-27
Kumejima tsumugi awase kimono, Blue butterfy Hassun obi

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Thursday Kimono 2017-01-26
Ōshima Benkeijima-check tsumugi awase kimono, Black kanoko shibori haori, Hakata hanhaba obi

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Wednesday Kimono 2017-01-25
Blue Yuuki tsumugi awase kimono, Blue butterfy Hassun obi

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Sunday Kimono 2017-01-22
Kumejima tsumugi awase kimono, Hanhaba Hakata obi (what color would you call it?)

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Saturday Kimono 2017-01-21
Kumejima tsumugi awase kimono, Camellia Hassun obi

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February 05, 2017

Saturday kimono @ university 2017-02-04

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January 18, 2017

Monday kimono 2017-1-16

Komon awase kimono, warbler Nagoya obi


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Thursday kimono 2017-1-12

Ueda tsumugi kimono, Hassun camellia obi

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Wednesday kimono 2017-1-11

Cotton kasuri-ish, Hassun camellia obi

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First Tea Lesson of 2017

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January 08, 2017

First Torihachi of the year 2017

2017-1-7 Friday
Yuuki awase kimono, warbler Nagoya obi

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January 01, 2017

New Years Eve Kimono 2016-2017

Ooshima awase kimono, Hakata hanhaba obi

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December 29, 2016

December Kimono 2016 Part II

Thursday Kimono 2016-12-29
Opps, no kimono! Hiking with Dad!

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Tuesday Kimono 2016-12-27
Visit to the MOMA Emoji Exhibit

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(I forgot to bring an obi to the US?! So I used a tenugui hand-towel!!)
Oshima Elegant Floral Tsumugi

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Christmas in NYC!

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Wednesday Kimono 2016-12-21

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Tuesday Kimono 2016-12-20

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December 18, 2016

December Kimono 2016

December 2 (Fri): Katsuo-shima mawada tsumugi awase kimono and Bingata-esque cotton Nagoya obi
鰹縞真綿紬、綿紅型風名古屋帯

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December 3 (Sat): Hemp leaf motif yuuki awase kimono and "The Pillow Book" Hassun obi
麻柄結城袷着物、「枕草子」ハ寸名古屋帯

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December 5 (Mon): Purple awase kimono and Hassun obi

紫袷着物、ハ寸帯

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Dec 8 (Thu): Camellia motif cotton obi and hanhaba Hakata obi
椿柄木綿着物、半幅博多帯

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Dec 9 (Fri): Ooshima awase kimono and haori, hanhaba Hakata obi
大島袷着物と羽織、半幅博多帯

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Dec 10 (Sat): Hemp leaf motif yuuki awase kimono and Hanhaba Hakata obi
麻柄結城袷着物、半幅博多帯

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Dec 12 (Mon): Katsuo-shima mawada tsumugi awase kimono and hanhaba Hakata obi
鰹縞真綿紬、半幅博多帯

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Dec 15 (Thu): Kumejima tsumugi awase kimono and hanhaba Hakata obi
久米島袷紬、半幅博多帯

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Dec 16 (Fri): Benkei plaid Ooshima awase kimono and kenjo pattern hanhaba Hakata obi
弁慶格子大島袷着物、献上柄半幅博多帯

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Dec 17 (Sat): Kumejima tsumugi awase kimono and hanhaba Hakata obi
久米島袷紬、半幅博多帯

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August 29, 2016

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Olympic Kimono 小池百合子のオリンピック着物

Who does not love to see Japanese women in beautiful kimono?!

However, in Japan, it became a bit of a scandal about the money spent on the kimono, and it possibly being ruined in the rain.

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An excellent blog article on Koike-san's kimono:
【リオ】小池百合子 東京都知事の着物を賞賛すべき8つの理由
8 Reasons why Governor Koike should be praised for wearing kimono at the Olympics

1.色留袖、3ツ紋という非常に格が高い着物選び。
She wore a formal, three crest iro-tomesode kimono [and it was very pretty]

2.オリンピック閉会式という盛大なるTPO
Appropriate for the grand closing ceremony

3.着物の柄は「琳派 群鶴図(りんぱ ぐんかくず)」。
The kimono design was Rinpa-style cranes
[Cranes are auspicious, and Rinpa is one of the traditional and beautiful Edo period schools of artists]

4.大胆で上品なコーディネートは上級者ならでは
The bold design and perfect coordination of obi made a refined ensemble

5.日本の晴れ舞台に着物を選んでくれた
She chose a kimono to put Japan on the world stage

6.小池都知事の着付けから考える「昭和の東京オリンピックと着物」の因縁
Koike's manner of dress and the 1924 Tokyo Summer Olympics kimono problem
[This section is really interesting about how the Tokyo Olympics lead to kitsuke (kimono dressing) rules]
*You may or may not know, that Japanese women, particularly those who don't wear kimono themselves, are very persnickety about how others wear kimono.

7.叙勲を踏まえて、オリンピックを3ツ紋にしたことを日本人だけは賞賛すべき
Japanese, of all people, should appreciate why Koike-san wore three crests for the ceremony
[details on kimono formality issues and their appropriateness]

8.雨の中でもお着物で!!
She wore kimono even in the rain!!
Dealing with rain is the most difficult thing for the kimono wearer. Many people just avoid wearing kimono on rainy days, and will change into Western clothes even for a formal event. A drenched silk kimono will have to be taken apart, each piece of the fabric separately cleaned and dried by hand, and then sewn back together. This is VERY expensive. Even so, Koike-san wore her kimono in the rain for the ceremony. Surely, this deserves great praise indeed!

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January 15, 2016

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


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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

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December 30, 2015

AF’s Kimono Calendar DECEMBER 2015

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November 30, 2015

AF’s Kimono Calendar NOVEMBER 2015

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October 31, 2015

AF’s Kimono Calendar OCTOBER 2015

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February 08, 2015

Kimono Conundrums: Valentine’s Day 2015

I am totally stumped trying to think up a kimono ensemble on a Valentine's Day theme, based on what I have with me in the US.

Event: Kimono de Jack NY キモノでジャックny
Valentine's Day Jack on SUN, February 15, at 2PM
-2PM Meet in front of LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana, at 6th Ave & 55th St. Take a group photo.
- 3PM Have Sweet afternoon w/ delicious chocolates at La Maison de Chocolate at Madison Ave & 78th St. Take a group photo.
*12:00PM- Lunch at Cha-An (230 E. 9th St, 2nd Fl) CANCELLED



The last time I did an ensemble for Valentine’s Day was in 2009.

Valentine’s Day: What I Really Wore バレンタインデー着:結局の着付け
Valentine’s Day Kimono Conundrums バレンタインデー着付けのなやみ

I know I bought an adorable pink and red rose hassun obi a few years ago that I had planned to pair with a purple kimono, but never did, and in any case do not have it with me.



My first thought was this (below) Pink Ojiya Tsumugi (小千谷紬) Awase Kimono with one of these three obi:
1) I can do fun musubi with;
2) has roses which reminds me of Valentine's;
3) butterflies (kind of like hearts?)






Then I thought maybe this cotton stripe obi might be more fun, paired with the kimono above, but then I am not sure I have it with me.



Now I am thinking maybe I will just wear my Bingata Kimono with the Butterfly Obi, but not sure I am willing to wear this kimono on the NYC subway.






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February 05, 2015

AF’s Kimono Calendar JANUARY 2015























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December 31, 2014

AF’s Kimono Calendar DECEMBER 2014




Between Thanksgiving weekend extending into December and the Christmas year-end holidays, I only got to wear kimono three times this month, and never did wear a really Christmasy ensemble. Now I see I could have worn the Dec. 12 hassun obi or the Dec 17th Butterfly Nagoya obi with my green Ryukyu Kasuri Kimono (seen left) and it would have been more Christmasy; next year, I guess.

















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November 30, 2014

AF’s Kimono Calendar NOVEMBER 2014

November: JAPAN!!!
Nov 8~10 Kimono Salone in Nihonbashi @ Coredo (きものサローネin日本橋 オフィシャルサイト)
Nov 11~13 Hundred People, Hundred Colors Ensembles @ Yuito (100人100色のキモノコーディネイト展示)
Nov 15 Japanese Association for Clothing Studies Symposium: Edo Period Summer Kimono as Seen in Ukiyoe Prints (日本衣服学会でAFの「浮世絵に見える江戸時代の薄物」発表)
Nov 16 BORO~Shabbily Beautiful~ @ Amuse Museum in Asakusa (アミューズミュージアムの特別展「布の絵画BORO〜美しいぼろ布展〜」)





Oct 28 Kimono Tuesday (?!) @ IMA

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Nov 1 Kimono Saturday (?!) @ IMA


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Nov 7 Dressed for Torihachi @ Home





Nov 8~10 Kimono Salone in Nihonbashi @ Coredo (きものサローネin日本橋 オフィシャルサイト)

Day 1 (SAT)
Oshima black with red flower kimono
Red Hassun Hakata Obi






Nov 11~13 Hundred People, Hundred Colors of Kimono Coordinates @ Yuito (100人100色のキモノコーディネイト展示)

Day 1 (TUE)
Dressing My Mannequin





Day 3 (THU)
Me & My Mannequin






Nov 15 Japanese Association for Clothing Studies Symposium: Edo Period Summer Kimono as Seen in Ukiyoe Prints (日本衣服学会でAFの「浮世絵に見える江戸時代の薄物」発表)









Nov 16
BORO~Shabbily Beautiful~ @ Amuse Museum in Asakusa
(アミューズミュージアムの特別展「布の絵画BORO〜美しいぼろ布展〜」)





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October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

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