Tag - nihongami

「着物ワークショップ」Kimono workshops in NYC

During and after the Fudangi exhibition I wrote about in my last post, I also scheduled my first time ever kimono related workshops and some photo shoots. (Because how often do you have the chance to capture the NYC skyline with kimono?) ニューヨークにきてます! 前の記事で紹介したニューヨークにある「普段着物展示会」の前後にワークショップや着物の撮影もしてみました。 (着物姿をニューヨークで撮るならインパクトあるかなと思って・・笑) Prior to my trip I asked my followers on social media what kind of workshop they would like to attend when I am in New York / what they need help with in regards of kimono. And the majority...

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「普段着物」Fudangi Kimono in New York

In October I travelled to New York to take part in an exhibition as well as hosted some kimono workshops and photo shoots while in the city. 2017年10月は展示会の参加、そして着物ワークショップや撮影のためにニューヨークへ行ってきました。自由の女神、タイムズスクエアー、エンパイアステートビルなどなどアメリカの象徴があふれる大都市です! Almost a year ago I was asked if I'd like to contribute and style two kimono outfits for a small exhibition curated by Spree Kingyo (from Kingyo Kitsuke) in Germany and Yuki Hamada (from Kimono Modern) in Japan. I was super excited about this opportunity. The event was held at the Globus Washitsu (Traditional Japanese...

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「彼岸花撮影」Kimono x Red Spider Lily

In September the red spider lily is blooming in Japan. Since I started setting up photo shoots I dreamt of creating beautiful visuals with this mystical flower. Here the Higanbana (彼岸花) is associated with farewell and death. Probably also due to the flowers having been planted close to cemeteries. They are poisonous so animals don't get near them. Often seen near rice or vegetable fields they act as a natural fence. 9月に彼岸花(又は曼珠沙華)は綺麗に咲きますね。すごく不思議な花でいつか着物に合わせて撮影できるといいな〜って思ってました。気持ち的に花が突然咲き始めて・・バタバタしながらロケーション、モデルさんと撮影者も無事に決めた。 真っ赤の花のコントラストになる白色に決めて、完璧のモデルさんを決定した: 花ノ本以津輝 パフォーマンスバンド「破天航路」のメンバーで子供の頃から日本舞踊をやっている方です。そして良く白塗りと着物で踊るので、お陰様で今回の作品はとても絵になりました。 場所としては川越の近くにある有名な巾着田にしました。数年前に行ったことがあって、ロケハンの時間もなくて・・ 最近はよくPRをやってきたそうで、当日のお客数で大変びっくりした(笑)それで撮影は無理と思ってたけど、人の流れに合わせたらなんとか大丈夫でした。皆さんもとても優しくて、たまに待ってくれましたし。 逆に白塗り美人を見て喜んでた方々も多くいらっしゃいました。本当にありがとうございます! Not too far out from Tokyo (close to Kawagoe, Saitama) is...

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「黒留ナイト@東京キモノショー」Kurotome night @ Tokyo Kimono Show

On the 30th of April I joined the fun "Kurotome Night" at the week long Tokyo Kimono Show at COREDO near Nihonbashi. For that event about a 100 people joined in the dress-code "kurotomesode" (黒留袖)which is a formal black kimono with a colourful artwork only in the bottom third of the kimono. This kimono usually will be worn by the mothers of a couple at the wedding reception. There are also a few other occasions to wear this kimono, but not...

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「FKI展 & ルミロック」Year end kimono fun

Time seems to fly faster and faster these weeks. It's December and suddenly I feel overwhelmed with work - but that's a great thing after having a little too silent past months. Colder weather and the years final month calls for kimono events and the popular "忘年会" Year-end parties! So I found myself running around between 4 appointments yesterday. One was the FKI展 - Fashion & Kimono & Ikimono exhibit which is basically a joint pop up store in the famous Isetan...

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「日本髪の結い方」How to: Nihongami

This post is long overdue but now I am finally getting to it: ずっと書きたかったブログ・・ How to make Nihongami - a traditional Japanese hairstyle 簡単の日本髪の結い方を紹介したいと思います。 I am by no means a professional nor do I know a lot about the traditions and different ways of tying this hair! However some people seemed to want to try this when wearing kimono, so I am sharing my insights here. It is not the hairstyle of a Maiko or Geisha, but something more generic I suppose. 外国人より紹介するのも可笑しいですが、日本髪に興味を持ってる海外の方はいますよ。ただ、英語での説明は中々ないので、こちらから少しでも助け合えたら嬉しいと思ってます。 プロではないし、伝統的な日本髪でもないので、よろしくお願いします。 What you need: ...

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