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「夏の思い出 2018」Summer throwback – Bon dance, Awa odori and Yukata

The trees start changing their colours. A fresh breeze makes you want to wrap yourself in a cosy jacket. It’s officially sweater weather. Autumn has arrived. 紅葉が始まりましたね。風も肌寒くなりジャケットがほしい今日この頃です。先日まで台風で大変でしたが、セーターの時期になったといっていいのではないでしょうか?皆さんはいかがお過ごしですか? Since I have a backlog of pictures from this Summer I’d love to share them here as my: Summer throwback! Bon dance, fireworks, Awa-odori and a lot of sweating in yukata. You probably know already that Japan has a lot of summer festivities to offer. And this year I swore to myself to not miss the fun Bon Odori [...]

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「悉皆業とは?」Kimono cleaning & maintenance workshop visit

Ever wondered how kimono are cleaned or maintained? A while back I had a pleasure to visit ANDO TAKASHI Dye Factory – a traditional company which does professional cleaning and restoring of kimono as well as new made to order kimono (“ANDO”). 少し前ですが、着物の洗い張りや修理及びオーダーメードの着物をしておられる安藤孝染工場(以下、安藤)さんにお話を伺いながら見学させていただきました。 Curious as to how such an operation may look from the inside I paid them a visit. The staff of ANDO showed me around and explained what they do. [Basically] Kimono (silk or other delicate fabrics) can’t be cleaned [...]

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「着物撮影」Photo shoot throwback 2018

While I have been busy with rebuilding the site and life in general – this blog was on hold. This year as well, I have been blessed with all these chances to work with creative people for collaboration shoots! So let me recap shortly to some of the images created. In order to not let the post get too long and boring, I decided to split them up a little into multiple posts. このサイトを再構築してる間、このブログの更新も止まってしまっていました。すみませんでした!今年も、いろいろな方のご協力を頂き、楽しいコラボ撮影ができています。 簡単ですが、撮影の写真を掲載してみます! ブログが長くなりすぎないように、いくつかのページに分けてみました。特にスマホで、読みにくくならないように。。。 – 琴葉 – In the early spring I had a [...]

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「リニューアルオープン」Renewal open!

こんにちは、皆さん! This blog has been inactive for months! And all that has a reason: I was working and renewing this homepage as well as implementing a shop directly in here. Many of you know that I have been selling selected kimono items via a platform called Etsy.com (-> My Etsy shop) I will continue to do so. Etsy has been a great venue for me to learn and grow. Thanks to everyone, my shop got so many lovely reviews!! Yet, I also want to [...]

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「浴衣でグランドキャニオン」Grand Canyon in Yukata

Last month I went to the United States for a bit – including Las Vegas, its nearby Grand Canyon and California. 実は、先月はアメリカに行ってまいりました。ラスベガスとグランドキャニオン(付近)です。 You probably already know me better – of course I did not go there in Western clothing! Why let the chance slip to wear kimono or at least yukata in such a scenic location? Since I could only travel with a tiny suitcase this time, bringing a full Japanese kimono outfit wasn’t an option – but a yukata (cotton kimono) [...]

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「藤の花と着物」Wisteria and kimono

Last month the weather got warm out of sudden, so the Wisteria flowers started blooming faster than usual. These magical weeping flowers are probably one of my favorites ever, so I had to do a small kimono photoshoot. お久しぶりです!元気ですかぁ(猪木さん風に)? 先月から突然暖かくなってきましたね。藤の花は例年より早く咲き始めました。毎年4月下旬からキレイにしだれて咲き始めるこの花は、私の大好きな花の一つで、着物撮影を絶対やりたいと思ってました。 Luckily the gorgeous Choom agreed to model for me. I proudly like to announce that this was the first shoot where I also did the photography and editing apart from the styling and dressing. Surely it isn’t near satisfying and I need to learn a [...]

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