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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

Thinking to visit Japan in the summer time? We introduce you some nice beach and tourist spots not so far from Tokyo. 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. <<Do not miss the article on hydrangea flower temples in Northern Kamakura area >> みなさん、いかがお過ごしですか?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。日本人の皆さんには、馴染みがありすぎて、穴場でもなんでもないと怒られそうです(すんまそん!古!)。 For those of you who aren't familiar, Kamakura used to...

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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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