445 Japanese Traditional Colors

 

Hi there Kimono fans in the world!
 

445 Japanese Traditional Colors is now ready
and enjoy finding you favorite tender colors:)
Also you can access from
 
top menu > About Kimono > Japanese Traditional Colors.
 

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The chart shows color, Japanese kanji character, and Japanese name in Rome character.
Some of those names came from nature and you will find interesting when you learn Japanese as well XD.
 
Also those colors were born from nature, so look so tender.
 
Hope you enjoy them!
 
 

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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)

 

 

 

 

 

CHIKUSEN YUKATA Traditional Style

Are you looking for a new special yukata for this summer?
Chikusen” is the best brand for you if you would like to have a traditional style yukata.

Their designs look simple and tender atmosphere, and they make your heart stand still. We believe that you really love them if you would like to feel Japanese style of summer!

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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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Antique Pattern custom-made Nagajubanin from the Taisho period

 

One of the most popular brands among kimono fans is Furifu.
Their target is women in their twenties.

When I dropped in at the shop, the staff showed me some very interesting things.
They were the design patterns of Nagajuban from the Taisho period.
There are no images that capture the true appearance,
please refer to the antique Kimono images index here.

Alternatively, if you do a web search for Furifu,
you will get a small idea of the appearance from the images.

Antique patterns from the Taisho period are different from
modern Kimono patterns. Ball and polka dot patterns have a pretty appearance
but create a fluffy pattern. The Western pattern is unique.

You can have one custom made by selecting a pattern from
more than twenty types! An additional attractive point is that
the Furifu brand is made by MIMATSU which is a
long-established kimono manufacturer.
Their dyeing technique enables us to change the design color to whatever color you like.

The sky is the limit, isn’t it?

It takes about three months to receive your custom-made Nagajuban.
If you are interested in this, I recommend that you visit a Furifu shop when you have chance to come to Japan.

If you need any assistance, feel free to contact us:)

Twelve-layered ceremonial kimono dressing show

 

Hello everyone!

I went to see a Twelve-layered ceremonial kimono dressing show last weekend.

Juni-hitoe(Twelve-layered ceremonial kimono)  is a ceremonial robe that was
the proper attire for court ladies and daughters of the warrior-class
families in the Heian Period and after.

The juni-hitoe were termed “color clothes” because
the aristocrats of the day matched the color of the juni-hitoe with the season.

Twelve-layered ceremonial kimono

There were two dressers both front and back. (can’t see the back side from this photo though…:)
A front dresser must get on her knees to get dressed to a noble person not to breathe her.

Dressers use only two koshihimo strings to get dressed.

 

Twelve-layered ceremonial kimono

Beautiful layers? Color coordination patterns exist more than 200!!

 

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Back side looks like this…

 

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How’s it? The weight is around 16 kg!

It is tough to be beautiful all through the ages, isn’t it?

 

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This is the best angle to take a shot!

 

Hope you enjoy:D

MIKOTO

What does the experience of wearing a kimono bring?

 

Wearing a Kimono (including a Summer Kimono) brings pleasure to,
not only our eyes, but to the eyes of other people as well.

The Kimono world has a similar unwritten rule.

 
By the way, as for Summer Kimonos, it is said that people feel a certain sex appeal
when they see the nape of a woman’s neck revealed as she wears her hair up and gathers it in a bun.

 

The Summer Kimono is a slightly special outfit for the Japanese.
It is common knowledge that Japanese men fall in love with
“a woman if she just wear a Summer Kimono!”

 

As it is also known that wearing a Kimono (or a Summer Kimono)
can bring pleasure to other people’s eyes, I think
when one wears a Kimono or a Summer Kimono,
the style is similar to a so-called ”piece of art.”

 

We can say that such a point of view when there is
a consideration of other people’s pleasures is not
fashion but art that is why traditional cloths.

 

Would like to experience a traditional summer in Japan?

We will host a yukata dress up party on Saturday,
August 11th in Ginza, Tokyo! Why don’t you come and join us?
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Themed yukata party ”Belgium"