Back in March we were contacted by the AACS to see if we would host a kimono booth at their annual charity gala. We had a nice little corner set up with several kimono displayed, books and various kimono related dressing items. The lady who contacted us brought her vintage wedding kimono for us to display as well. It was a very lovely evening and it was nice getting to share out love of kimono with this organization.
The sprig festival was held almost a month early this year so we had to do a bit of scrambling to get everything ready. However we did have lots of volunteer help and the new backdrop and lighting set to play with. We also had a couple of yukata sets available for purchase as well as one set that got raffled off. Being next to the stage was loud during musical numbers but overall things went really smoothly this year and we all had a great time. It is always so great to get to be a part of the Spring Festival every year.
Back in February we spoke with a girl scout troop who was learning about Japan. This was definitely a bit of a challenge for me but Quat came to my rescue and handled most of the talking. It definitely brought back memories of my own girl scout days though. We brought a couple different kinds of kimono for them to look at and they all asked great questions. We still had a lot of snow at that point so I wore my hemline high with some boots to keep my feet dry.
I forgot to add these little tidbits in my last post. I ended up with two new kimono over the weekend. One…oddly enough I found at my local thrift shop. It’s a nice blue wool men’s piece in pretty amazing condition. At $7 I couldn’t say no. I also picked up a very interesting piece in the dealers room on Sunday. A greyish-brown Homongi with nekoyanagi or pussy willow on it. In 8 years I’ve never seen this motif on a kimono. It’s in really god condition as well and the silk feels so lush. I paid a little more than I wanted to but in the end I’m really very happy with it. It is however, a pain in the behind to photograph.
Over the weekend we presented 3 panels for Ohayocon. The first was, ‘Kimono are made to wear’ in which we explained some kimono basics then showed the audience a version of traditional kimono dressing and a more modern version. We dressed Erika up that day as well and she joined us for a time in the panel. The only picture I got of my Saturday kimono outfit was with voice actor David Matranga, but I had my hems hiked up and was wearing boots for the ‘modern’ outfit. The two panels on Sunday consisted of, ‘Life of a Geisha’ and ‘Kimono buyers guide’ both which had excellent turn outs and some wonderful audience questions. On Friday we didn’t have a panel but Quat and I dressed up in hakama and wandered around the convention center for a bit.
I’m a little late getting this out this year. The past few months have been exceptionally busy and stressful but better late than never. Here are my 2015 kimono resolutions.
1. Modify more of my kimono to fit better. Currently I have a whole stack of kimono that either need to be let out or have other minor things done to them.
2. Buy some new zori. I really need a light colored pair of polyurethane ones. Oh, and also invest in some rain covers or actual rain/snow geta/zori.
3. Make an easy obi. I do have an old ro obi I took apart some years ago that I think I may be able to do this with.
4. As always, buy more komono items. There are several pieces of under gear that I need to replace as they are getting worn out. Also, all the obiage! It seems I will always have trouble with this.
5. Work on planing some event with Jasco. I’d really like to do something strictly kimono related with them. We’ll see what happens.
Now lets look back on 2014 and see how I did with my resolutions.
1. Set aside 1 afternoon a month to pull out my stuff and actually practice dressing. While I did get to wear kimono a lot over the past year I always ended up just throwing things on and hoping it looked ok. One of the things that I originally found fascinating about kimono was all the ‘rules’ for dressing. While I love playing around with my style I would like to get back to some of those basic kitsuke roots and see if I can really polish my outfits.
This did not happen, although I did wear kimono just about once every month last year. I’m actually finding that I’m becoming much more comfortable with my dressing skills.
2. No buying kimono this year. I know, I know…this may not actually happen but, I received several pieces this past year that I have not had the chance to wear yet so I feel like I have some good options that people haven’t seen yet. I also need to flesh out my komono a lot. I may permit myself and obi or 2 since I don’t have as many of those and I could use more variety. Mostly though I think my purchases this year will be going to all the things I really don’t like buying but need.
WEll…buying a 10lb box of kimono probably negates this resolution…I did end up with one ‘new’ obi and a very nice haori last year. Didn’t really buy any accessories….*cough* I’m so bad at this one.
3. Figure out a better storage system for my stuff!
This actually did happen! I got a new set up for my obiage and obijime and re-did the top of my closet to accommodate my kimono better. I would love to actually have a nice ‘tansu’ like storage system but I don’t see that happening until we move into a house.
4. Actually, finally, make myself an unlined kimono.
Didn’t happen but, I did help Quat finish the one that she was making and for a first attempt it turned out rather well. She even wore it for our Halloween de jack event. I’m not really so concerned about this one this coming year since I have plenty of sewing projects to work on.
That’s about it. Hahaha, I didn’t really do so well on my resolutions last year. But it’s all in good fun and I really enjoy going back every year and looking at these.
Have you made any kimono resolutions for 2015?
On the 30th of December our group had a small party at our favorite sushi place. Overall it was a nice quiet evening with friends and good food.
Erika work a plum blossom haori over her cute dress. Quat wore her new blue edo komon and I finally got to wear my spider mum houmongi. Our friend let us dress him in kimono and Hakama. He looks like a giant next to us little girls.