Events

「ロンドンで着物」London Kimono ventures

What a rollercoaster of emotions we are currently trapped in, with all the COVID-19 drama, am I right? Since my return I have been basically locking myself into the apartment. Witnessing Japan's "We won't get a Corona outbreak!" to the unravelling of events "Cases are spreading, please stay home!". Sadly most countries had the same mindset of not taking it serious until it was too late, so here things are starting to get bad day by day whilst Europe...

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Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk – An in-depth look at the exhibition and chat with the curator 必見、イギリス着物特別展ヴィクトリア&アルバート博物館の感想、キューレータさんへのインタビュー

On the 29th of February 2020 the world famous Victoria & Albert Museum in London opened its doors to a new exciting exhibition. “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk” does not only display historical kimono - the visitor will learn about kimono history and evolution throughout the centuries as well as how this traditional garment changed the world of fashion outside of Japan. UPDATE: As of 17th March, 2020, all V&A sites (South Kensington, V&A Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are...

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「行田市忍城時代まつり」Gyoda Oshi Castle Jidai Matsuri

On November 10th, Gyoda City (Saitama prefecture) celebrated its annual "Oshi Castle Epoch Festival" (忍城時代まつり). Since epoch festival sounds kind of weird to me, I just kept the blog title in jinglish (japanese-english) as I feel it sounds nicer.Gyoda (行田市) is a city with rich culture. Once the main producer for tabi aka. kimono socks Japan wide, the city still has many craftsmen and preserved old buildings. The pride of the city however might be the Oshi Castle which...

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「新潟の芸妓遊び」Geigi (Geisha) Banquet Experience in Niigata

Recently I started to make some effort to see a little more of Japan. Some of you may have noticed from my social media, that I visited Niigata. (Actually for the second time.) Last time I learned that Niigata is one of the biggest locations for Geisha/Maiko culture in Japan. (They are actually called "Geigi" in Niigata!)Many may instantly think of Kyoto (and you are quite right in doing so ofc) when hearing about Geisha/Geiko. However, Japan still has several areas...

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「キモノとビジネス」Kimono and Business

Last week I was invited as a guest speaker at the Ritsumeikan University. みなさん、ごきげんよう。台風続きで困っちゃいますね。もうこれ以上被害がでないでほしいです。 気温の変化も激しくなる今日この頃ですね。マスクに咳している人も目立つ季節となりました。ご慈愛下さいね。 さて、今回のお題ですが、先週、なんと、あの立命館大学でお話をする機会を頂いてしまったのです。以前、都内の大学でもお話をさせてもらっていますが、関西に初進出です(おおげさか! 笑) 素敵な立命館大学大阪茨木キャンパス(通称:OIC) Before my visit I was really thinking about what I should wear. Firstly I thought, it would be best to wear a new tailored and well-fitting kimono to show that I am a professional.But then I thought... Wearing an expensive or well fitting kimono is rather easy, and since I would be speaking in front of students I felt it was more appropriate to go in a...

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「2019年度 足袋コレ」Tabi Collection 2019

How are you doing? The summer still seemed to have stretched out in Japan, my hometown in Germany however seemed to have entered Autumn moods. Now it is October! Can you believe it? Time flies so fast. 残暑の中、如何お過ごしでしょうか?ついに10月に入ってしまいましたね~。朝晩は涼しくなってきましたが、日中は真夏さながらの日差しと湿気がすごい日がまだありますね。ご慈愛のほどを。 On the 22nd of September 2019, the Tabi Collection (called "tabicolle 2019") took place at the Edo Tokyo Festival in Ueno, Tokyo. In case you feel overwhelmed: "Tabi" are traditional Japanese kimono socks and shoes with the characteristic split toe.Tabi Collection is a...

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