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「令和」The start of a new era

Today (1st May 2019) marks a special and historic day in Japan. The change of the emperor which ultimately includes the start of a new era. 本日、2019年5月1日は日本では記念すべき日になりました。第125代天皇明仁が退位され、皇太子徳仁親王が即位されました。何かと騒がれた退位ですが、天皇制の歴史の中では、これまで何度もあったようですね。 令和 - REIWA I really love the name for the new time period, because it sounds similar to the period I was born in (昭和 - Shōwa) and has the Kanji 和 (wa) in it, which stands for traditional Japanese things. (Amongst the meaning of peace..). This era's name is based on Man-yo-shu, the...

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Kimono Styled & Restyled 「ファッションとしてのきもの 1300 年」

Last month I went to Osaka and Kyoto for a couple of days. (Mixing business with pleasure) A friend of mine introduced me to this interesting exhibition by the Kyoto Textile Fabrics Wholesaler's Association which just had their 50th Anniversary. Luckily I had time to check it out before heading back to Tokyo. 先月は関西に行ってきたついでに、「ファッションとしてのきもの1300年」との着物展示会に出会いました。写真はOKでしたので、こちらで軽く紹介したいと思います。 This exhibition was beautifully curated and showcasing the evolution of the Japanese garments until today. Photos were allowed - so let me take you on a quick tour...

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「着物ティー」SALZ Kimono Shirt Collection

Hey! Hopefully you're having a great week? みなさん、明日11月23日は勤労感謝の日ですね。いかがお過ごしですか? Just wanted to announce a new idea to showcase the beautiful collaborative images I did in the past year with many international creators. 日本や世界中で大活躍されてるアーティストさんたちと一緒に作ってきた作品を形にしていきたいと思っていました。 As you know, I frequently style kimono photo shoots. Some just as an art form and in hope to inspire others to view kimono as a fun fashion item. Wearing kimono comes with a lot of challenges and can be intimidating, so we thought: How about printing kimono art on a shirt?...

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「秋の着物コーデ」Favourite autumn kimono looks 2018

Autumn seemed to have passed by in the blink of an eye. Feeling bad for having neglected my blog all too much (I update all my kimono looks primarily on my instagram, but realized it's a shame to let my own page slide..) So let me make up for it and share my favourite outfits from the not-hot-yet-not-cold season: 2018年は秋は早くなかったですか?夏が長くて、ちょっと秋になったと思ったら、一気に冬になっちゃった感じ。インスタではご紹介した着物撮影をこのブログでも・・やっと掲載します!! 暑くも寒くもない秋という季節にあったコーデを考えてみました。みなさんのコーデのアイデアや(きびしー (笑))ご意見お待ちしてます! The mysterious red spider lily marks the beginning of autumn. 曼珠沙華-彼岸花は、秋の訪れを教えてくれます。というか一年はやい 汗! This gloomy day really made the colours of the flowers pop....

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「着物撮影の巻」Kimono photo shoots Summer 2018 夏

As always I am way behind in blogging about previous kimono styling works. But let me show two of my favorite projects of the past summer. 2018年夏、とても楽しい着物スタイリングプロジェクトに参加させてもらいました! YY -waiwai- For the ensemble YY Japan I was asked to direct and style two looks for their artist pictures. Being a huge fan of their work, this was a great honor to me. YY consists of the talented Koto (traditional Japanese instrument similar to a harp) player "Asuka" and DJ / beat maker "Wocasi"....

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「鎌倉 – 穴場 – 日帰り旅行」Kamakura – off the beaten track

Last Summer I visited Kamakura again after many years. Since I already saw the main tourist attractions various times (big Buddha statue, large Shrine..) this time, seeing uncrowded and not as familiar locations was my goal. 今年の夏は鎌倉を訪れました。鎌倉の大仏や鶴岡八幡宮をはじめとする神社は一通り見たことがある(鳩サブレも大好きです)ので、穴場を探しに行ってみました。 For those of you who aren't familiar, Kamakura used to be the capital of Japan in 1192 "the Kamakura period". The city is located along the coast close to Yokohama and perfect for a day trip from Tokyo. 鎌倉は1192(いい国つくろう)年から鎌倉幕府の中心(首都)として栄えました。鎌倉街道は現在も各地に残っています。東京から日帰りにちょうどいいですよ。 「鎌倉 - 穴場(日本人にとっては当たり前?笑)日帰り旅行」Kamakura - Off the beaten...

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