On Kimono groups and YouTube

So it has come to my attention recently that there has been some confusion regarding which kimono groups I am a part of.  Kimono is gaining popularity on an international scale, which is fantastic!  The more the merrier in my opinion! However I do understand how things have gotten a little muddled with all my picture posting and throwing around of group names and what not.  Here I will try and lay things out clearly for everyone as well as post links to the various groups I am involved in.

Kimono de Jack Ohio

https://www.facebook.com/groups/277792788990173/

This is a group on Facebook that I and Quat manage.  We are part of the global Kimono de Jack community and have gotten permission from the creator of Kimono de Jack to be apart of this.  We schedule events for the sole purpose of wearing kimono and getting it out in the public eye.  This is a hobby group and anyone who has an interest in Kimono is welcome to join.

 

Columbus Kimono

https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusKimono

This is Quat’s and my own personal Kimono side project page.  Since the purpose of de Jack is just to enjoy wearing Kimono we thought we should start a separate group for when we do educational events, photo booth and anything else where we might potentially make money or be compensated in some way.  Whenever we do an event that is not us just dressing up and hanging out in Kimono we label and promote it under the Columbus Kimono name.

 

Northwest Ohio Kimono Society

https://www.facebook.com/groups/204871832871359/

This is a group run by Katrina out of the Toledo area and is similar to a de Jack group but is in no way affiliated with Kimono de Jack itself.  They are a hobby group who enjoy Kimono and wearing it just like we do.  Kimono de Jack Ohio has met up with them several times for events.

 

Kimono de Jack International

https://www.facebook.com/kdj.international

This is a community page on Facebook for all different chapters of Kimono de Jack around the world to get together and share their love of Kimono.

 

I know that’s a lot of similar words flying around there but I will always do my best to tag things appropriately in my posts depending on which group it is related too.

On a rather different note I would also like to promote my YouTube channel a little.  It is my personal channel so there are some things on there that are not Kimono related but I am trying for mostly Kimono related content in the future along with more travel videos as well.

Please check my channel out here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/tenshishu/videos

Matsuri con 2014

Our Kimono de Jack group decided to hit up a local convention last month.  We only went on Friday due to work and other adult responsibilities but it was a nice excuse to get dressed up.  This summer in Ohio has been pretty mild with cooler temperatures and lots of rain but of course the weekend of the convention was hot and humid.  Quat and I puttered around the convention center looking in the dealers room and artist alley, went to lunch at North Market and then met up with some of the members of The Northwest Ohio Kimono Society for dinner at Sushi Ting.  Later in the evening Quat and I went back to help Kerry from Ohio Kimono unload and set up her booth in the dealers room.  It was a long day but it’s always worth it to get to wear kimono!

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Dinner at our favorite restaurant; Sushi Ting, with members of the Northwest Ohio Kimono Society.

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Quat wore her blue synthetic ro komon with tiny fan pattern and a cute grey hanhaba with bunnies. Foregoing traditional foot wear she chose funky white sandals instead. I really love the modern look.

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Enjoying a chicken pesto wrap for lunch at North Market along with some Jasmine green bubble tea. Delish!

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We had to make a little side trip so Quat could feed some fish and there was this great little ‘park’ by the apartments. I’m wearing a ro homongi with hydrangea and my ro obi has red camellia with silver water accents.

JASCO cultural event

Personal note:  Oh my gosh!  I haven’t done a blog post since June and here it is almost the end of August!  In my defense I was having some health related issues all through July.  Everything is good now, I got some really positive news from my doctor so my outlook is much brighter now!  Also, I reconnected with an old friend from high school and we’ve been chatting a lot in my spare time, so sorry for neglecting my kimono blog for almost 2 months!  I do have quite a few updates.

 

On July 20th Quat and I did a presentation for Japan-America Society Of Central Ohio.  Please visit their website to check them out. http://www.jas-co.org.  This was the group we got to network with a bit during the JSO festival this year.  We were invited to do a short yukata dressing demonstration.  The theme of the event was Tanabata festival and there were presentations on the festival, ike-bana, Japanese traditional dance, and taiko drumming as well.  It was a nice afternoon of cultural education and our Columbus Kimono group was happy to be involved.

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During one of Brittany’s dance pieces. Unfortunately my camera had difficulty with the lighting so a lot of my pictures came out blurry.

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We loaned an outfit to Brittany for her dance pieces; summer weight komon with hakata obi. Quat is wearing a traditional indigo colored yukata.

 

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This is the only picture we got of the three of us together. I wore traditional indigo yukata as well with hydrangea on it.

2014 Kimono Fashion Show

Last weekend the Northwest Ohio Kimono Society hosted a kimono fashion show up in Temperance, MI.  Our Kimono de jack group went to help out and model some outfits.  It was a really fun experience and getting to hang out with so many kimono enthusiasts is always a treat.  There really were a spectacular array of outfits ranging from yukata all the way to furisode.  Unfortunately we had no male models, so no men’s wear was represented.  One of the models did bring her little girl though so we did have an example of children’s wear.  After the initial show we answered questions from the audience pertaining to kimono and it’s history.  There was also a raffle, which I was able to donate a haori to that I’ll never wear.  I feel good about it going to someone who will appreciate it.  Afterwards we got to go outside and take some photos with a nice camera set up.  Katrina, our hostess had a casual after party at her home and we spent the rest of the evening enjoying good food, drinks and new found friends.  This experience has really motivated me to try and do something similar down here in Columbus.  I’d love to see if we could get backing from JASCO and maybe get a really cool venue to do it in.  I’m probably just dreaming, but it’s a nice dream.

kimonofashionshow 010I’m not sure who provided the advertisement poster but it was nicely done.  I wanted to grab one of the smaller flyers before we left but didn’t get a chance.  There is a small newspaper article floating around somewhere about the event as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10436200_864599060220880_355941413280713498_nAfter everyone walked we lined up in front of our audience to tell them a little bit about each of our outfits.  Here Quat is explaining her ‘mother of the bride’ ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10487400_864598356887617_6142454936506457169_nAll lined up and ready to go!  I have to admit I was a little nervous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kimonofashionshow 028Aaaannnddd!  Obligatory foot wear shot.  I always love these since you don’t often see these little details of an outfit.  I was totally love Katrina’s lace tabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group photo credit goes to Ohio Kimono.

Asian Festival 2014

Every year over Memorial day weekend the City of Columbus, Ohio holds the Asian Festival downtown at Franklin Park.  The event is free to attend and there are many live performances from different Asian cultures, tons of ethnic food, a informational pavilion on Asian countries and a open air market.  It has been a couple of years since I’ve gone so Quat and I decided to make it a De Jack event and dressed up in yukata for the experience.

Overall the day was pretty good although we did have a mishap where Quat blew out the straps on one of her geta while we were walking in the opening ceremonies parade.  That involved a 45 minute trip back to the car by taking the buses that were running for the event.  I picked up a cheap uchiwa with The Great WAve off Kanagawa by Hokusai on it but mostly just spent my money on food.  After spending nearly all day at the festival we met up with Kelsey at Sushi Ting for dinner and I stuffed my face with a mango roll and some cold Soba~ delicious!

I must confess though I’m always a tad bit disappointed with the Asian Festival.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a fun event and brings cultural diversity to the community.  However there were several things that bothered me and I feel like they need to be said.

So during the opening ceremonies parade many different performance groups and people representing Asian countries from around the world participate.  Every single group except ours had people either from that country or descendants representing.  So basically we had three Caucasian girls dressed in wafuku representing Japan…  When we went to the info pavilion  we got accosted by an older woman who said we should be in the parade and she linked us up with another girl who was in kimono.  We were all glad to walk in the parade but it was a little sad that if we had not agreed to there would have been no one representing Japan at all!  This surprises me a little since there is a fairly large Japanese population in Columbus.  According to my friend this didn’t just happen this year but has happened in years past where no one is representing Japan in the parade.

Secondly, out of the entire open air market there was only one stall that was selling Japanese goods.  Wait…there was an anime booth as well.  So, ok two out of probably at least 60 or so vendors!  The one stall that I got my uchiwa at also did not have a lot of merchandise either.   This, shockingly enough is an improvement.  When I went two years ago no one was selling anything even remotely Japanese related.  I’m not sure why this happens but it makes me sad, so here we have another area where Japanese culture is barely represented.

One of the biggest draws to the Asian Festival every year besides the food is the live performances.  It is a chance for people to get to experience traditional music and dance from across the globe, which is pretty cool.  Again though I was disappointed in the fact that out of all the performance groups there were only two who represented Japan.  The first was a local taiko kids group.  They are usually there every year but only ever play two pieces.  I’m not sure why that is but with all the set up time to get the drums in place it seems a shame for them to do such a short set.  The set up time is literally longer than their performance.  The second group which I was looking forward to seeing was a dance group and they were supposed to go right after the taiko performers.  Instead they got switched around for the Chinese Opera group which had already done a performance earlier in the day.  I don’t know why the switch happened but I watched the group of dancers get off the bus like 3 hours before their set so it wasn’t like they were not on time.  Also the taiko and dance group only had one performance each day while every other group had at least two slot times, sometimes three!

I’m not sure if there is some political bs going on behind the scenes or what or if it’s just due to some unfortunate circumstances but like I said before it does make me sad.  I’d be curious to see if anyone else who went noticed these things. I would really love to see more representation for Japan at the Asian Festival.

We did manage to get some pictures even though the sun was so bright and a lot of them look washed out.

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Asian fest 2014 008Quat lookin’ sassy waiting for me to bring her flip flops from the car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian fest 2014 051There is this nice little waterfall area on the edge of the park.  It would make an excellent photo shoot spot when the sun isn’t so glaring and there aren’t a ton of people around.

9th annual JSO Spring Festival

We did our photo booth gig for them again this year.  It was a lot of fun and we were very busy all day.  We were unable to get a lot of photos but luckily my mom, sister and niece stopped by and took some.  I even got to dress my sister and niece in yukata for the first time!  My niece loved the experience.  I’m not sure what possessed me but I decided it would be a good idea to wear and work all day in kimono for this event.  I wore the yellow cotton komon I got in my Yamatoku box and borrowed the obi from Quat.  I did not wear juban underneath but just my kimono slip and Quat talked me out of wearing geta so I just had on my flip flops.  I got pretty warm rushing about dressing and undressing people and had to change back into normal clothes about an hour before the end.  It was still worth it though!  I actually got in a conversation with one lady about her kimono and the fact that she never wears it because she feels it’s too fancy.  She seemed to like the idea that kimono can be casual as well.  We met a bunch of great people interested in kimono and our de jack group…sooooo maybe we’ll have some new members soon?  I also talked with an organizer of the Japan American  Society of Central Ohio who is very interested in working with our Columbus Kimono project.  I’m super excited about that!  Um…geez…so much stuff I can’t quite remember.  Anyway have some photos!

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yamatoku box o’doom!

 

 

 

 

A few weeks ago I spent some of my tax return money on a box of twenty vintage kimono from the online vendor Yamatoku.  I had no idea what I would be getting but after seeing some of the things other Immortal Geisha members got I decided to try my luck.  It was really fun getting this giant box of kimono to look through.   I’ve had a lot going on so it has taken me some time to sort through and do some maintenance on the pieces that needed it.  Overall I was really happy with the things I got.  Only a handful of pieces I either didn’t like or were unwearable so I felt like it was money well spent.  I still have quite the stack to go through to make a decision to wash or hang out to freshen them up.  I really can’t wait to wear some of these and I now definitely need some fancier obi.

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This sweet little cotton komon has two super tiny pin spot stains that are unnoticeable when wearing.  Aside from that it’s in perfect condition.  I wore this over the past weekend to the JSO Spring festival.  I’ll have an update on that soon once I get pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I finished cleaning and ironing this piece today.  It’s a really beautiful mint green lined komon with subtle woven buildings and trees.  It’s a shame it didn’t pick up in this photograph but there is a iridescence to this piece that I just love.  Sadly my cleaning methods did not completely remove any of the stains but they have lightened and are small so I would put this piece is wearable condition.  It is also a touch on the small side around the hips but I think I can make it work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This blue komon with fans had some staining too so I took a chance and threw it in the wash with some woolight.  The stains were almost all gone and the few that are left are so small and light they are practically invisible.  I’m so happy I was able to salvage this piece since it fits so well and had no other damage.

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