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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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「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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「着物でスノボ」Snowboarding in kimono

When living in Germany I never got the chance to do any Wintersports apart from ice skating, but 3 years ago my husband taught my how to stand on the snowboard. We flew up to Hokkaido and went snowboarding for 3 days – in the beginning I kept falling on my knees and ass but on the 3rd day I had lots of fun! Since then time passed super fast and I got insecure if I could still do it. When [...]

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「戌年」Happy New Kimono Year!

Happy New Year also on my blog! Thanks so much for reading in the past year and here is to hoping you are having an awesome 2018 – hopefully in kimono! My start in the year was rather unspectacular as I got pretty sick on new years eve and just spent it watching TV with my Japanese family (and killing a bottle of Sangria by myself.. to kill the germs of course haha) After the new year rang we went out to [...]

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「注染」How to: Yukata Pt.2 / Chuusen dyeing

※Continued from my previous article / 前回の記事の続きです To continue the journey of my original yukata let us take a look at the next step: Fabric dyeing. In this case the traditional Japanese dyeing method called: 伝統的なオリジナル浴衣の旅の続きです。ついに、染めに入ります: Chuusen (注染) This craft of dyeing has been invented in the Meiji period (1868-1912) in Osaka and is a very practical way of dyeing a long bolt of fabric at once. My fabric was dyed in Hamamatsu though. 明治時代の大阪で生まれた染め技術「注染(ちゅうせん)」は12mの反物を染めるために便利な方法だそうです。 今回は静岡県浜松市の染め工房さんに染めて頂きました。 The steps look like this: ① Adding of paste For kimono and yukata usually [...]

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