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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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「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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「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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「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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