Tag - 和装

「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 July, 2020, the V&A announced an extension and re-opening of the exhibition after the initial Coronavirus lockdown.From...

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「チャップリンの『街の灯』の歌舞伎版」Charlie Chaplin on the Kabuki stage – Part 1

Happy New Year! Can you believe its already 2020?Just some decades ago people thought we would have flying cars and microchips implanted in our necks.. (Although that might be coming sooner than we’d like.) こんにちは。明けましておめでとうございます。もう2020年って信じられますか?数十年前には 、空飛ぶ車や首にマイクロチップが埋め込まれていると想像した時代です(かなり近いことが起 き始めてますね)。 I had quite a long Christmas/New Years break (longer than I intended to, as well...) and I was traveling around to Shanghai, then inside of Germany as well. While I completely took off work - traveling and meeting a lot of people every day...

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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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「アンティーク着物 万華鏡」Antique Kimono Kaleidoscope

With the stylist, Ms. Chieko Iwata 協力 岩田ちえ子さんと共に A new exhibition has opened its doors at the Yayoi-Yumeji Museum in Tokyo. If you are a lover of antique kimono or even art and history, the new "Antique Kimono Kaleidoscope" collection is a real sight. Styled by no one less than Chieko Iwata, the kimono stylist who also worked closely with Nobuyoshi Araki (yes, that Araki!) over decades. 皆さん、いかがお過ごしですか? まだ雨の多い日が続いてますね。洗濯物がたまってたまって、たまに晴れた日は洗濯を2,3回なんてことも。これを梅雨の洗濯地獄といふ。 さて、そんなジメジメな気持ちを吹き飛ばす展覧会に行ってまいりました。 東京都文京区の弥生美術館と竹久夢二美術館で行われている「アンティーク着物 万華鏡 ―大正~昭和の乙女に学ぶ着こなし―」展覧会です。アンティーク着物や芸術、歴史が好きな人に最高です。今回、この展覧会の協力を勤めてくださったのは岩田ちえ子さんです。キューレターは学芸員の中村圭子さんと中川春香さんです。 実は岩田さんは、荒木経惟さん(ナ、ナ、ナント、あの世界の「アラーキー」!です)と長年にわたってお仕事をされてきました。海外の人でもアラーキーさんを知っている方は多いです。あの方の作品に着物が登場することがしばしばあり、その着物は岩田さんがあつらえたものだそうです。後半では、岩田さんへのミニインタビューも掲載してますよ。 What makes me very happy on a personal level, is the theme of this...

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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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