maanantai 5. lokakuuta 2009

Tsukimi


Tsukimi
Originally uploaded by jeiccis

Long time no post! It's not that haven't been wearing kimono lately but I've been forgetting to take photos.

This is what I wore to Tsukimi chakai organized by our Tea club. I probably should have chosen something more formal but to tell the truth I was dying to wear this fern komon of mine. It's one of my favorites but I've had a chance to wear it only once before.

Too bad it was raining so we couldn't go moon viewing as planned but otherwise the chakai was a very nice occasion. I hope the guests weren't bothered for me messing up all the time...

Sorry the bit forced smile, I was tired for working too much lately.

Tsukimi

Tsukimi

Tsukimi

sunnuntai 12. heinäkuuta 2009

Finncon/Animecon 2009 outfit



This year's convention was a lot of fun! I was one of the very few kimono-clad people, not counting all those Bleach cosplayers :)

I wore my sha summer kimono and a hitoe obi, both synthetic and washable. But I think that even an awase kimono made of silk is more breathable. Well, at least my ensemble _looks_ cool enough...

The first day I tied my obi into bunko musubi but it probably wasn't a very good idea. Bunko looks nice with yukata but it just didn't work so well with this kimono. Next day I did kouken (chidori) musubi. It wasn't a 100% success but still it was better than bunko. My obi was a bit too floppy and also on the short side so the wings of my "chidori" didn't become as well as I had liked them to. Anyway, I'm always happy to try something new.

BTW I'm totally in love with my Swan Lake bag ^_^

Summer kimono

perjantai 26. kesäkuuta 2009

Yukata party


Summer is finally here, the weather has been very cold but now the sun is shining. Me and my friends got dressed in a yukata, took some photos, ate lots of ice cream and had lots of fun! ^_^

I sew my dark blue yukata by myself. Otherwise it's okay but I made a stupid mistake quite in the beginning. I don't know how it happened but somehow I turned the other front panel around and didn't notice until I had cut the collar and sewn the center back seam. I used 38 cm wide yukata fabric and its both sides look same - I did mark the right side but I still made a mistake. The most annoying thing is that now I've got two big flowers on both sides of my butt...

Aliisa

Aliisa also made her yukata by herself. It is awesome! She's a professional seamstress so of course she can sew, but I also love the design and think this is one of the most elegant yukata ensembles I've ever seen.

Jouni

Jouni also got dressed in his asa hemp blend yukata. I love the yellow obi and tabi!

Jenny

Jenny in her plum blossom patterned yukata. It surely makes you feel cool when you think about winter and plum blossoms.

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Me and Eerika talking about how long it takes to go to the loo in a yukata... well, it really doesn't take any longer than when wearing western clothes. Can you imagine, a totally random guy actually asked us about this XD

Group photo #2

tiistai 26. toukokuuta 2009

Crested komon


This kimono arrived today ^_^ I had been drooling over it for ages. I thought I'd deserve a treat and now it's mine! This one is a bit peculiar - it is a komon kimono but has one crest. Also the designs line up and match over seams so it's more formal than usual komon kimono.

According to John Marshall the pattern is shippou, a sort of shorthand for seven treasures.

The fabric of the kimono is beautiful, very light and shiny silk. The patterns are woven with urushi coated thread. I combined my kimono with a Taisho era chuya obi. The other side of the obi has stripes. Also my porcelain obidome is from Taisho era.

Yet another ensemble I hope to wear out someday ^_^


Crested komon

Crested komon

sunnuntai 24. toukokuuta 2009

Kitsuke Keiko


Kitsuke Keiko
Originally uploaded by Kitty Vane


Our Tea club had a kimono class again. It's so much fun to learn how to wear a kimono together! We did help each other a bit with obi tying but otherwise everybody dressed themselves. Everybody's learning so fast, great work ^_^

I love everybody's ensembles too. Especially I adore the purple Pearl Drops kimono Aliisa is wearing, wow! Eerika had her lovely Showa houmongi arrive just in time. I also think Veera's new peachy pink iromuji suits her very well.

More pics on Eerika's flickr account

Our previous kimono class from January

sunnuntai 17. toukokuuta 2009

The Rose Bouquet Challence continues


I got this kimono on mail last week. It was listed as meisen but it isn't. I think it's chirimen, sort of. The kimono sleeves are about the same length as the sleeves of my meisen haori.

I think they go quite nicely together ^_^ But I need black tabi!

It would be nice if my kimono and haori had a bit larger wingspan but I guess you just can't have everything. Anyway I'm quite happy with this ensemble! Hope I can wear it out someday.

The Rose BouquetThe Rose Bouquet

lauantai 16. toukokuuta 2009

Nô performance

This week we had a rare oppoturnity to see Nô theatre in Helsinki, performed by the Oshima family of Kitai school. All three shows were so enjoyable! We wore kimono to the last performance. The plays we saw as a whole were Hagoromo (The Feather Robe) and Tenko (Heavenly Drum). We also saw a part of the play Tsuchigumo (Spider) which was especially impressive. My favorite still was Tenko, a story of a boy and his father. It was so touching that I had tears in my eyes.

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The set was beautifully made. They didn't have a possibility to build a real Nô stage to the old opera house of Helsinki but what they did do was awesome enough.

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Finally I was able to do kitsuke again! I've been sick so I couldn't do kitsuke for a while. But the good thing about it is that I lost so much weight that my lovely karako tsukesage finally fits me, yay! As you can see it has much longer sleeves than most modern kimono.
I had to tie my himo very low but hope it's okay anyway.

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Yuna-chan's new iromuji is so pink and pretty! I tied the obi into a fukura suzume bow. Too bad we had to do everything again...

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... can you find one small mistake? *oops*

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The obi has pigeons! It's awesome ^_^

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Three kimono ladies in front of Alexander Theatre.

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After the show. I love all of these three different versions of my favorite combo, a pink kimono with a white based obi. Because of the silly mistake I did before I had only a half an hour to dress both these two ladies. I'm still probably not at my best. Hope I did okay anyway!

tiistai 12. toukokuuta 2009

The Rose Bouquet



Mamechiyo's obi is so versatile! It goes with so many kimono. I'm thinking about a personal challenge of how many ensembles I can pull off with this obi.

I didn't mean to pull my collar so far back. It just... happened, lol.
Thanks to Heli for kanzashi ^_^ Though I think I failed attaching it to the comb.

I also copied Mamechiyo's idea and made a haneri with iron-on rhinestones.

The Rose Bouquet

lauantai 18. huhtikuuta 2009

Chado demonstration #2 and a laundry day ^_^

Our tea club had another chado demonstration today at Sinebrychoff museum in Helsinki. Pics from the first demonstration and more info here.

I'm wearing my bingata-like which is the first kimono is the first kimono I ever got! I've worn it only once before.
My kimono is still a bit too small but now I've lost some weight it fits me better, yay ^_^

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I wasn't too happy with my kitsuke. I was in a hurry (as usual) and I also forgot my erishin and ended up to use a piece of paper instead!
Our sensei gave us some kitsuke critique and suggested us to tie the obi lower. She said for tall ladies obi looks better tied a bit lower and I totally agree. I used to tie my obi far too low and while trying to avoid it I ended up exaggerating it.
She also said because my kimono is too small I should pull my left front panel further. She's right again of course. But despite my A4 erishin she said my collar was fine ^_^

So after coming home I tried again to do better, hope I did! I tied my obi a bit lower and also padded more carefully (and used a real erishin).
Our house has a large laundry drying room under the roof. There's a large window and lots of light so we went there to take some pics:

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P.S. I realized it has been a month since I last posted! I have a new job so I've been quite busy but I hope from now on I'll have more time for studying chado and practicing my kitsuke.

tiistai 17. maaliskuuta 2009

Fresh from Japan ^_^

We spent last two weeks in Kyoto and Tokyo and it was just great! We went to many places I've been dreaming to go to for a long time. I'm so happy! Completely broke, but happy ^_^

What's the first thing you do when you go to Tokyo? Visit Mamechiyo Modern kimono shop of course! They have a new shop in Shinjuku but I went to the Nishi-Ogikubo shop. One of their staff, Fumiko-san, speaks excellent English and she was kind enough to help me choose this kimono set:

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Kimono set closeup
The most comfortable zori ever

Next day we went to Meiji shrine. There was a wedding going on.

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I was glad I insisted on buying a 40-150 mm telephoto lens. Didn't have to get too close to get good pictures of them.

After a couple of days in Tokyo, we took the Shinkansen and traveled to Kyoto. I had reserved a stroll plan at Studio Shiki but it was a rainy day so we had to live with studio photos. But it was fun anyway :)

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The hikizuri I chose is so pretty! It has spring flowers: cherry, peony and iris. I liked all of their geiko hikizuri but most of them had autumn flowers. They also had a very beautiful ro hikizuri but I wanted a spring kimono so the decision was very quickly made. The lady who helped me was surprised that I chose so fast.

I had to say several times that no I don't want the maiko plan, I want the geiko plan. I guess many people don't choose it because it's more expensive. But I like the geiko look more and I'm too old to be a maiko anyway. I also had to say no, I don't want to wear okobo! But they still made me hold an uchiwa.

More henshin photos here.

The next day the weather was wonderful! I met Fuyou, my friend from internet kimono forums and we had a lovely day strolling through Kyoto. Thank-you so much for the day, Fuyou!

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We also met other kimono wearers. I love their style!

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Maiko henshin. The tall maiko is a guy.

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I was able to take many photos of maiko and geiko! All of them didn't turn out so well I had hoped. They walk so fast... I also didn't want to get too close. Some of them looked a bit surprised to see us. Well, I guess even in Kyoto you don't see gaijin in kimono everyday. My favorite pic is this one of Fukumomo:

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Maiko&Geiko photoset here

Next day we went to Fushimi Inari shrine. Of course I ended up buying a kimono again.

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We also visited Kiyomizudera and I was happy seeing so many young people in kimono! I guess most of them had gone to a kimono rental shop. This super cute musubi is definitely professional work:

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More maiko henshin! My telephoto lens proved to be useful again.

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We stayed in Kikokuso ryokan. It was so great to stay there! I give my recommendations if you ever go to Kyoto and want to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan. Also the food was great, probably the best I've ever had.

I bought the green obi at Yasaka shrine flea market. I think it goes well with my Mamechiyo kimono too! I found the purple obijime at Chicago Harajuku. My juban sleeve had a will of its own...

We spent a week in Kyoto and then headed back to Tokyo. I went to many kimono shops but most of them were quite expensive.

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We also went to Kabuki-za. We saw one act of Genroku Chushingura, Saigo No Daihyojo. I'm happy I could go there now that the building still exists. This play was a part of the farewell series to the old Kabuki-za building.

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Actually I didn't want to come back at all. But I must work and make money for our next trip to Japan, ne? :)

We took so many photos. If you're interested, you'll find my flickr photoset here.