I’ve got a couple of new video’s up over on the you tube channel.
I’ve got a couple of new video’s up over on the you tube channel.
So September was pretty dull as far as Kimono went. We did not do an outing for De Jack but we did play around with some photo-booth outfits. I really wanted to dress in men’s kimono so the top left is that. It’s hard trying to act manly. Middle top photo was from our October De Jack event. We went downtown to a big outdoor Halloween party called Highball. It’s hard to see in the photos but both Quat and I are wearing spooky haneri, her obi had spider webs on it and I decorated mine with a scull scarf and my ‘obijime’ is a ribbon with eyeballs. The last two pictures were from an impromptu event in which we were going to go apple picking. Sadly it was not allowed that day but we did get a few things and took some pictures at the farm store. Quat wore her wool meisen and home made obi and I wore this strange wool blend piece and easy obi. The kimono is one from the Yamatoku box o’doom. It actually fits fairly well but I may widen it anyway to give the sleeves a little more length. So there are our kimono shenanigans from the past two months. I don’t believe we have anything planned for November but we always do a Christmas/New Years party. I need to get on top of things and find an obi for the kimono I want to wear for that.
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
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.
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
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
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:
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!
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.
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.
I’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.
Group photo credit goes to Ohio Kimono.
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.