Why people wear a kimono? The senses brushed up by four seasons

 

This is one of cases in Japan. Nowadays, there are few opportunities for Japanese to wear a kimono. We only wear it in Shichi-go-san (a ceremony when kids turn three, five and seven years old), the coming of age ceremony, funerals or weddings. Even if there are not many opportunities that we are supposed to wear a kimono, like at a formal ceremony, we tend to dress in western clothes instead. The reason why we prefer not to wear it is that it’s expensive and hard to put on. There are many rules involved in kimono dressing and numerous accessories we have to prepare.
 
 

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On the other hand, the number of people who love kimono is increasing in younger generations. Even the many kimono rules that make people avoid wearing a kimono are turning into appealing elements to them.
 
 
Almost all the rules regarding kimono are related to the four seasons in Japan
 
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According to the rule of kimono, what type of kimono we wear depends on the calendar. In April, we wear Awase; a lined kimono, Hitoe; an unlined kimono in June, Ro or Shya (summer kimono) in July and August, and in September, back to Hitoe and in October, we wear Awase and Hitoe and so on. (Recently the temparature in Japan has getting warmer so people tend to wear kimono according to it flexibly.)
 

There are also rules about kimono patterns depending on the seasons. Types of textiles and tailoring are just basic requirements but how you coordinate kimono patterns are not like that. It is sort of ”the aesthetics people assume to have”.
 

For example, people are expected to wear cherry blossom patterned kimono up until the cherry blossoms bloom in spring. You are not supposed to wear it while they are blooming because the pattern implies excitement of people who wait for the bloom. It is thought that people should look at the cherry blossoms as they bloom and fall in real time, not the ones drawn on kimono.
 
 

The reason why people are attracted to kimono might be because we notice how ancient people loved seasons and nature every time we follow the rules, and because we realize that we have the same spirit within us.
 

Shape of clothing may have an effect on peoples’ mind. We can understand how ancient people felt about the seasons in Japan as if we were they – when we wear kimono, which they used to wear at that time. This fresh and new experience really invites you to the kimono world.
 
 
 

Ori no kimono (Woven Kimono)

 
 
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Ori kimono (woven kimono) is often worn casually. You can wear it without hesitation as a stylish everyday garment. You can also wear it on semi-formal occasions such as attending cultural lessons or casual parties if you coordinate the design using obi and accessories.
 
 

Among Ori kimono, “Tsumugi” kimono is known for being expensive. It is named according the place in which it was produced, “Oshima Tsumugi,”“Yuki Tsumugi,”and “Shiosawa Tsumugi.”
 

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“Oshima Tsumugi” and “Yuki Tsumugi” are well known as high quality products. The process of making Tsumugi is very complicated. It takes more than a year to complete the process.
 

You cannot wear Tsumugi kimono on formal occasions such as a wedding ceremony no matter how expensive it is. Kimono is graded according to its types. Tsumugi is regarded as a “casual garment.” If someone wears “Tsumugi” kimono naturally, as casual wear, he/she is considered “iki”(cool). Tsumugi kimono is the most advanced style in kimono. It’s not easy to wear stylishly.
 
 

Some kimono and Ori kimono are both beautiful and elegant. If you like a traditional and refined style, Some kimono is for you. If you would like a casual and stylish kimono, you can enjoy Ori kimono.
 
 

You will enjoy reading this!
The Difference between Some Kimono and Ori Kimono
 
 
 

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.
 

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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
 
 
 

Cherry Blossoms!

 

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Have you seen cherry blossoms in Japan?

The cherry trees are almost in full bloom.

 

They were saying on the TV news that a Korean tourist take a day trip to view cherry blossoms in Japan!

 

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I went view cherry blossoms with my family:)

This season may the happiest time for everyone.

 

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Once cherry blossoms are in full bloom, they usually only last for about a week before all the petals fall to the ground.

In March & April is the season of graduation and starting new year in Japan, therefore, cherry blossoms are the symbol of new year.

 

You have chance to see Yaezakura around this weekend, and I will go to see them again! If you have a chance to visit Japan, don’t miss this ohanami season XD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainforest Yukata?!!

 

Do you prefer traditional style yukata, or usucual style ones? We would like to introduce you unique yukata, named “RAINFOREST YUKATA”!!
 

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Produced by ROCCOYA, and Roccko san is the owner of the shop. Roccoya’s concept is “KIMONO made by textiles overseas”. You will find that when you visit her shop online by clicking images below. Textiles come from variety of countries from Thailand, Korea, Canada, and USA.
 

How do you think about them? Exciting?!
 

If you live in Japan now, visit Yukata events at Laforet Harajuku!
You can meet Rocco san!
 

Don’t miss it! XD
 
 

Japan’s No.1 Festival!! Asakusa Sanja Matsuri (Festival)!

 

Hello!! Summer 2014 is just around the corner!!

I took my son to Asakusa sanja matsuri last weekend in Asakusa, Tokyo. Do you know the hottest festival?

FYI:http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot/festival/asakusasanja.html

 

Carrying  an “Omikoshi” (almost 100 portable shrines were around there!!)  with team members is the biggest event and this photo below is a kid’s size shrine.

 

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My boy loves dancing 🙂

 

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Surprisingly, he could join the event!! Basically people who lives there can join, but my friend’s step mother invited him and lend him a happi (a traditional costume for festival). A red ribbon is the sign on the shoulder to get some snacks XD!

 

 

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many of little kids played Japanese drums.  They were all good players really!!

 

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This one was carried by all adults, and seemed so heavey!

 

 

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Oh! Don’t forget to eat street foods! This is one of pleasures at a festival.

 

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cucumbers….

 

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I got a baked fish (Ayu in Japanese, a sweetfish)! yum yum…

 

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I happened to find a lady in beautiful kimono 🙂

 

 

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“SHISHIMAI”. (lion dance)

 

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Here is Sensoji. Tons of people come to pray.

 

Sensoji Temple

 

Here is inside of the temple.

 

 

I had really good day and for my son as well! We both love OMATSURI!! I really recommend you to visit this festival if you really feel Japanese traditional event and hottest people!!

 

 

 

 

 

Check out our Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop Report on May 17!

 

Hello!

 

We had Japanese tea ceremony workshop last Saturday!

 

We have started this workshop to learn how to do “Omotenashi” with omaccha(green tea) for one’s friends at home. Experiencing traditional style of tea ceremony gives us relaxed atmosphere memtally as well.

 

Sensei(teacher) asked a beginner to do flower arrangement suddenly (it doesn’t happen usually but our class is so casual!!) but she actually did well XD! Next you?!

 

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Those are not sold at any flower shop because they are just grasses and wildflowers in her garden. The duration of blooming is not long like usual flowers, so the teacher prepared in the morning of the workshop day, and this is one of OMOTENASHI styles by her to welcome the guests.  Every time we find her omotenashi spirits, we are all  surprised! How about you?

 

Let’s go on! This is a sweet(called “OMOGASHI” in Japanese)  before drinking omaccha(green tea). It’s madden by a teacher, and she made them thinking of the season, May using green color. Looks beautiful, isn’t it? It tasted so good. Not too sweet and good for omaccha!

 

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This is the demonstration how to use “FUKUSA”(a type of Japanese textile used for purifying equipment during a Japanese tea ceremony). The movement is just simple and beautiful.  We believe that you will get moved if you see the performance in front of you!

 

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This is called “CHIMAKI” which is a Chinese Style Glutinous Rice wrapped in bamboo. The teacher prepared for us because May has a children’s day. Traditionally, some areas of Japan eat chimaki on the day. As you see so far, tea ceremony is prepared squeezing the most fun one can out of the season.

 

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Rice cake inside like this.

 

 

 

 

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Those a set of tea ceremony performance as a host.

 

 

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Intermediate level student tries to do a performance.

 

 

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Next workshop will be in October! If you are interested in watching and even trying to have a green tea, why don’t you come and join us? 🙂

 

Tea Ceremony Workshop Detail (currently in Japanese only)

 

 

 

 

 

New Year’s tea ceremony workshop report!

 

Hello!

We had a New Year’s tea ceremony workshop last weekend! We offered a three day program for this workshop to learn more about the Japanese beauty built through traditional tea ceremony culture. Next one will be on February 15th.

 

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All attendees learned more from the teacher about “Omotenashi spirit” than we had expected. In the above picture you see camellia, green bamboo log and willow. The teacher prepared (cuttings etc) and brought them to the lesson room in the morning on the day of the workshop to welcome attendees with an “Omotenashi spirit”. We actually had more than one hour for preparation, but it wasn’t enough!! Was hard to welcome guests with an Omotenashi spirit!!

 

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However, all preparation is just for valuing the idea of “Treasure every encounter, for it
will never recur”. It is fantastic, don’ you think?

 

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I am a total beginner when it comes to tea ceremony. I helped the teacher to prepare for the workshop. But you know what? Under normal circumstances, it is unheard of that anyone not experienced in tea ceremony would help the teacher – I was told and felt lucky to have such a good experience! I didn’t even know that it is prohibited to touch a kettle (as in photo above) with bare hands because it may cause rust. In spite of limited preparation time, she explained everything step by step.

Thank you, Nameki sensei!

 

 

Poured hot water and setting completed!

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Now it’s time to start. The teacher explained the meaning of a tearoom, how to bow and greeting formally, how to open a fusuma (Japanese style door in a tatami room), and how to use chop sticks “beautifully”.

 

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This is called “Hanabira Mochi” which is eaten in Kyoto only at New Year’s time. A stick-like shape of burdock root filled with miso bean jam. It looks so tender in color, doesn’t it? We also had some dry sweets!

 

 

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This tea is called “Oh-buku-cha” with gold powder, and is also only drank during special tea ceremonies around New Year’s time in Kyoto!

 

 

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The teacher was mixing tea quickly.

 

 

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Creamy! (This is mine. Bubbles should disappear…)

 

In my opinion, we can tell you about the heart of Japanese people without the tea ceremony culture. And even for us, this workshop gave us a deeper understanding of the tea world. We learned so many things, too many to list! We are so glad that all attendees had such a fun time!

Many people, especially younger generations, think that learning tea ceremony requires high levels of entry because of very strict traditional rules. Our teacher is full of enthusiasm to share the knowledge of tea ceremony among young people, so she allows a casual attitude during lesson time. We could enjoy her lesson from the heart!

She also teaches tea ceremony to elementary school students, and she says they do better than adults! Can you imagine that little girls and boys make tea beautifully to welcome you? If you have the chance to visit Japan, don’t forget to experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony!

 

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Coming-of-Age day at Tokyo Disney Land

Hello everyone!!

January 13th was Coming-of-Age day at Tokyo Disney Land in Urayasu city, Chiba. I went there with my children to see them! I took some photos so let me share them here:) Personally, I love green ones! How about you?

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