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A Cherry Tree Coordinating

this coordination’s theme is a “cherry tree”.

Leopard-print (rare…)pattern in gray and very light pink
like a cherry blossom background:)

If you go to “ohanami(cherry-blossom viewing)”,
you’ll be well-matched to cherry trees!

Simple white obi and accent color are
green(like leaves) obi-age and darker pink obi-jime.

Changed an obi-jime in blue.
Looks different?

Also changed a woven obi.

It is said that “Have one kimono and three obi to go with.”
Then you can enjoy tons of coordinating patterns
by changing accessories!

 

Easy?

 

 

Secondary disaster in kimono industry.

A month after the earthquake on 3/11.
Aftershocks are still continuing everyday.
We got another bigger one even today.

More than 10,000 people are still missing,
also nuclear accident is the primary problem for now.

We’re worried about secondary disaster
in kimono industry without exception.

Most of kimono exhibitions are canceled,
and kimono artists cannot sell their new kimono.

It’s said that some of wholesale dealers could go
bankrupt at this rate.

For kimono makers, they might lost their weaving machines
due to this quake. Here’s a problem.

There are very few craftsmen who can fix the machines.

That means that kimono making artists
can’t even weave kimono like before they did.

Most of cancellation of fireworks festivals
in summer may also cause billions of dollars worth
of damages in related-industries.

We guess this is just tip of the iceberg.
We hope the quake stop ASAP anyway.

Tweets translated in English: pray for Japan

We’d like to share those tweets here.

 

Look up. The sky is so dark the stars are more beautiful than you’ve ever seen.

Hey, everybody in Sendai, look up.

And keep your heads up.

From a conversation in Sendai at the night of the earthquake.

@smzasm

At Tokyo Disneyland, the candy in the stores was given out for free. Some high school girls dressed rather flashy took a lot of it and we were thinking “what??”. Then we saw them carrying the candy to the nearby shelter, giving it to the kids. Very inspiring. Thank you, girls. We families with our own little children wouldn’t be able to go about and do that.

@unosuke

The products were all over the floor in the supermarket. People came in, put them back onto the shelves quietly, and picked up what they wanted to buy, waited in line and bought what they needed. On the ever-so crowded trains after they went back into operation, the elderly gave up their seats for pregnant women. People from outside Japan were amazed at these stories. But I believe them to be true. Japan, you’re amazing.

@ kiritansu

Comment from the UN. Japan is one of the generous and strongest benefactors. We will do anything and everything to help it.

@ akitosk

The traffic was so heavy that with one green light, only one car could pass, but everybody was calm and giving way to one another. It was so inspiring. It was a complex intersection and sometimes the traffic would stop completely for over 5 minutes. In my 10 hours in the car, all the sounds from the horns were of “thank you”s. During these terrifying moments, I felt my heart warm. I like Japan even more now.

@ micakom

While I was walking home all night last night, I saw an old lady at a bakery – it was well past opening hours – giving her pastries out for free. Even in these hard and restless times, this lady found what she could do and just kept at it. I found that inspiring, heartwarming. Living in Tokyo isn’t so bad after all.

@ ayakishimoto

An email I received from my Korean friend – You’re the only country ever to suffer nuclear bombing. You lost the war. You suffer from typhoons every year. You get earthquakes. You get tsunamis… You might be a small island country but you always come back on your feet again. That’s Japan. Be strong! Be even stronger! We believe in you. – BTW, I’m crying right now.

@copedy

We were getting tired of waiting on the platform when homeless guys came by and gave us their cardboard boxes to use as mats to keep warm – even though we’re the ones that see you and pretend we don’t see you. Thanks.

@ aquarius_rabbit

Drinks from Suntory’s vending machines are provided free, Softbank’s Wifi is open for the public – all sorts of people are doing their utmost best and the world is inspired and supporting us. Back at the Hanshin Earthquake times, we were still hesitant to receive support and didn’t send our Self-Defense Force to relief immediately. We have learned, grown and are definitely stronger.

@ dita_69

“Tough night, uh?” I said to one of the Tokyo Metro officers. He gave me a big smile and said, “These are the times!” Yeh, not too bad. Actually, quite inspiring.

@ tadakatz

As I walked my 4 hours home from the city I thought – The roads were filled with people but everybody was walking orderly in silence. The convenience stores were open and were operating just fine. The internet infrastructure held up through the quake, shelters were set up for people who couldn’t get home, the trains were back up and were operating throughout the night. What a country. I don’t care anymore which place we come in on GDPs.

@ rasuku

People of Japan, don’t lose your kindness. Take care of the weak, help each other out and don’t lose the feeling for forgiveness. When you’re afraid, people around you may be afraid. This is our hope. We are with you.

Ultraman and staff

My 2-year-old son got his shoes on and was heading for the door. “I’m gonna arrest that earthquake!” he said. Thanks son, for your courage and your sense of justice. I can see that already in your tiny body. To all the people out there, we should get over this with strong spirits! Keep up the hope!

@ hirata_hironobu

As I was walking my 4-hour walk home, I saw a woman with a sign in her arms that said “Feel free to use our restroom!” She was offering her bathroom for us walking the long walk. I think you can say that Japan is the most heartwarming country in the world, you know. I couldn’t help my tears running down my cheeks.

@ fujifumi

When the electricity’s down, there’s someone fixing it. When the water’s out, there’s someone fixing it. When there’s something wrong with the nuclear plants, there’s someone fixing it. They don’t get back up on their own. We might be thinking “when are they gonna be fixed?” from our warm, cozy homes when these guys are really out there fixing things with all their might, this freaking cold night.

@ yoh2222

 

 

to read more, please refer to pray for Japan

It’s multilingual site.

Shigeko Ikeda Kimono Collection

I went to  the Shigeko Ikeda kimono collection exhibition in Ginza today.

Shigeko Ikeda is the most famous kimono collector in Japan, and her collection contains about 10,000 of kimono and others. Today, I saw 60 of kimono coordinates.

Her collection is just amazing!! Most of kimono are produced in the Taisho&Showa era, which is almost 80-100 years ago, however, they’re best-preserved.

Each coordinating has its title and small explanation about kimono. I just got excited at seeing her collection, and learned more than I had expected about how to coordinate and even small things!

I could see her there and really enjoyed the exhibition.

Tomorrow is the last day. Whether you wear kimono or not, you may enjoy it. Why don’t you visit there?

Kakizome – the first calligraphy writing-



美<bi> means “beautiful” or  “lovely”.

Live beautifully!

 

May the New Year bring many good things to you!

 

 

*Kakizome is the first calligraphy writing of the New Year.