Saori’s Room : Girly Style of Kimono

 

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This is Saori, Kimono Coordinator.
 

I would like to share with my girly coordinating:)
 

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Some parts such as Date-eri are my handmade.
 

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Oct 7-10,2015 Kimono Salone in Nihonbashi

 
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Kimono Salone, the largest Fashion&Culture event in Japan, will be held druing Oct 7(Wed) to 10(Sat) in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. This events has been held every year since 2012. The event was jammed as a total of roughly 7,000 people visit last year.
 

Kimono Salone Official Site
 

The theme of 2015:「きもの、いきもの/きて、みて、あそぶ」
 
“KIMONO, IKIMONO /Kite, Mite, Asobu  – Kimono to future ”ALL  JAPAN EFFORTS” –
 

IKIMONO means a live thing, Kite means Visit, Mite means View, and Asobu means Enjoy. Targeting beginners who got interested in kimono or Japanese culture, and students who aspire to be an creator, various programs will be taken place such as kimono exhibitions, cultural workshops, fashion show, concert, and talk show during the events.
 
 

EVENT DETAILS
 

Kimono Marchais&Japanese culture workshops
 
Oct 7(Wed) – 9(Fri) 11:00-20:00
 
YUITO Nihonbashi Muromachi Nomura Building 5F-6F *Admission free
 

Kimono show and exhibition
 

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Oct 8(Thu) – 10(Sat)
 
Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall COREDO Muromachi1 5F(4F entrance) *Need admission fee
 
 

Night Event

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10/8 (Thu)18:00-22:00/Classic Night
10/9 (Fri)18:00-23:00/Club Night
 
Advance ticket 4,000JPY(Each night)
 
 

Day Event Advance ticket 1,000JPY(Valid through Oct 9-10 2 days)

First kimono exhibition,  Sachiko Ito Collection(Stylist of TV program;Yorutamori)
Fashion show/Design contest by students/ Books sales/ Bar counter etc
 
 

10/8(Thu) – 10(Sat)
 
“Kimono 100 Stylism”
 
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You will see 100 of kimono coordinating by kimono coordinators, stylists etc and popularity vote will be held.
 
Edozakura dori underground pathway *Admission free
 
 

Advance ticket:
 
Nihonbashi Information Center
Convenience Stores or Online
 

Access:
 
Access Map

 
 
Enjoy!!
 
 

Need kimono dressing?Click here
 
 
 

The efficiency of woman-friendly kimonos

Today, people wear a kimono mainly on formal occasions. They are required to wear them appropriately based on the time of year, place and occasion. Therefore, even most Japanese think it is difficult to know how to wear a kimono appropriately. However, sewing and dressing a kimono are actually very simple because it is originally rooted in common people’s everyday clothes.
 

A kimono is always made by cutting and sewing the cloth in a straight line. Roughly speaking, the dressing is quite a simple process of uniting front cloths and fastening an obi belt.
 
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Because the temperature and humidity in Japan are so high during the summer and cooler in winter, a shape and way of dressing a kimono has been formed.
 

Since Japan’s summer is quite hot, the parts called Miyatsuguchi (the slits on the body of kimono under the armpits) are loosened to increase its breath-ability.
 
 

By pulling back the collar(“Emon wo nuku” in Japanese), the back of the neck is exposed to wind.
 
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In addition, by making Ohashori longer, the kitake (dress length) is adjusted so it’s shortened to meet the ankles. Therefore the feet are exposed to the wind and feel cooler. Also, one’s stomach does not get cold as an obi is tied around the trunk.
 

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On the other hand, the way to wear a kimono in winter is by not pulling the collar back, making dress length longer, and wearing a Nagajuban (a long undergarment) beneath the kimono to block a cold wind.
 

Thus, kimono can be said to achieve an efficient function, especially for a woman’s body that generally does not do well in the cold.
 

In the old days, people unthreaded a garment and put floss silk between threads to make it even warmer. Thus, floss silk has a property of heat-retaining.
 

Along with changing of seasons in Japan, people also switch their clothing for summer and winter. It is called “Koromogae” where by people arrange their clothing according to the season and weather, air temperature, and their physical conditions. By doing so, health management can be efficient.
 

As just described, kimono has been preserved and developed by Japanese wisdom of coping with seasonal changes.
 
 
 

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Would you like to try Japanese kimono dressing? Feel free to contact us for arrangement via inquiry form. We cover around Tokyo. Why don’t you just walk around the city wearing a kimono?
 
 
 

It’s too late to start learning kimono in your thirties

 
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The way of enjoying a kimono life with real pleasure

 

“Experience kimonos in your late teens.
 

The best time to start kimono life is in your early twenties
and with a sense of adventure!

 

In your thirties, step up for the next stage by dressing maturely.”
 
 

The average age for women starting kimono life in Japan is in their thirties. But most people find that,  “It was too late !” after starting kimono life.
 

From the aspect of traditional garment, thirties might be the right time to get interested and start kimono life. Most people in their thirties have the money to spare for kimono, and the capacity to listen deeply to more traditional stories.
 

Then why do we recommend starting in early twenties? As you may know, kimono fashion styles are varying recently; they are not only like the traditional styles but more of a modern fashionable style. So, you had better try and learn as many kimono styles in your twenties; you take in authentic kimonos in your thirties and are familiar with refined kimonos in your forties.
 

You may sometimes come across a kimono style and/or colors that may have suited you in your youth, but now have regrets for a late start! Japanese tend to take into consideration one’s age when choosing something, though people overseas don’t care about it. However it is also true that there are colors and patterns suited for young people only.
 

Color tones are an important point as well.
 
 

For a simple example,
 

Red × yellowish green” are for teens and early twenties.
 

Dark red ×Dark green” are more for late twenties and thirties.
 

By changing color tones, we can make different impressions.
 
 

Similar color combinations are “safe” but can be boring. Try using complementary colors combinations for a playful touch! In most cases, it is said that color combinations for kimono are totally different from that of daily clothes, and you may find even an unexpected color will suit you.
 

We would like you to experience such kimono magic once in a lifetime.
 

Dear ladies in twenties, how about trying kimono as fashion?
 
 
 

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Kimono Store Visit Arrangement
 
Are you planning to visit Japan? And look for kimono shops to drop in? We suggest some shops to match your request via email!Check Kimono Store Visit Arrangement
 
 
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Unexpected reason of “Emon” of Kimono

 

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One of the key points when wearing kimono is to show the neckline by pulling down the back of the kimono. This process is called “Emon wo nuku” in Japanese. If you look at someone wearing kimono from the side or behind, you can see the back of the neck with its collar tugged down. This is “Emon wo nuku”, which shows a more beautiful neckline.
 

However, making the neckline look pretty isn’t the reason why people started wearing kimono this way. It was to prevent the collar from getting dirty when rubbing on the neck. It also worked well to keep the bun of traditional Japanese hairstyle intact.
 

These reasons might sound logical but tasteless. This particular kimono style complements the smooth neckline from the bun down and also brings out the beauty of female softness.
 

You need to adjust how much you can pull down the kimono depending on the situation. It is considered tacky if your neckline is showing too much during formal settings. However, a deep neckline can be acceptable at less formal dinner parties.
 

Unlike dresses, kimono doesn’t show cleavage. Instead, it shows the back of the neck to accentuate the beauty of the females back line. Kimono might be able to help you find your new self.
 
 
 

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Would you like to try Japanese kimono dressing? Feel free to contact us for arrangement via inquiry form. We cover around Tokyo. Why don’t you just walk around the city wearing a kimono?