Tag - 着物

「最近について」Recent Media Coverage

Can you believe its already September?? The past months sure have gone by like a whirlwind. Compared to the past years I suddenly got a bit of media coverage all at once, which I'd like to share here (also partly as a diary to my future self, haha). ご機嫌いかがですか?  いやー、もう9月なんですね。なんだか時がたつのが早くて参っちゃいます(年寄りです 笑)。夏ばてしてるんではないか、と思っていらっしゃる方々に(?)、近況についてご報告します。 The Japan Times Due to the "KimOhNo" incident I got interviewed for The Japan Times (1st July 2019) about what kimono are to me and my work.  例の"KimOhNo事件"で、日本国内外で活躍するキモノ専門家の方々にまじって、僭越ながら、なんと私も2019年7月1日付のJapan Timesにインタビューをして頂きました。 Just a small recap, in...

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「北鎌倉の紫陽花」The Hydrangea of Kita-Kamakura 梅雨に絶対行くべき、鎌倉の名所とは!?

The only positive thing about the rainy season in Japan (next to the watering of the veggies) is the beautiful Hydrangea blooming on every corner. 梅雨の季節になりましたねぇ。いかがお過ごしですか? じめじめとした湿気、ちょと、ほっておいたパンが知らぬ間にカビだらけなんてことに・・・、洗濯物は干しても、いつまでもジメジメです。梅雨のいいとこってなにかなぁと考えてみました。まず、野菜に水をやれること。農家さんは助かりますね(雨が多すぎでもよくないのですけど。。)。あとは、梅雨の風物詩、アジサイです!赤や紫、青など、きれいですね。 If the venue famous for hydrangea in Japan, Mimuroto temple in Kyoto is so famous. Yet, if in Kanto area, I have one favorite place. Especially famous for the often blue or purple flower is Kamakura (鎌倉) a lovely town 1 hour away from Tokyo. (Already featured last summer: Kamakura - Off the beaten track) アジサイといえば、まず京都の三室戸寺なんですけど、個人的には、関東では、鎌倉って勝手に思ってます(勿論、他にも沢山、いいところはありますよ。)。東京から一時間ほどです。(鎌倉については、この記事でも特集してみました) 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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Kimono Styled & Restyled 「ファッションとしてのきもの 1300 年」

Last month I went to Osaka and Kyoto for a couple of days. (Mixing business with pleasure) A friend of mine introduced me to this interesting exhibition by the Kyoto Textile Fabrics Wholesaler's Association which just had their 50th Anniversary. Luckily I had time to check it out before heading back to Tokyo. 先月は関西に行ってきたついでに、「ファッションとしてのきもの1300年」との着物展示会に出会いました。写真はOKでしたので、こちらで軽く紹介したいと思います。 This exhibition was beautifully curated and showcasing the evolution of the Japanese garments until today. Photos were allowed - so let me take you on a quick tour...

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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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