and Saturdays outing to heresy and heelz contained ‘Queenies cakes’ and we took some home as not to mess up our faces 🙂
Well, I partied in my new purple furisode and silver zori that I have been breaking in for weeks. No hurty feet so I recommend a week or two of breaking in your zori 🙂 My friends and I did our Christmas present swap in which I got hello kitty treats, cute Japanese style make up bag, green tea and mug (with a geisha on it) and a parasol amongst other things.
I brought my friend who is interested in kimono (I think if I can acquire a suitable Ro kimono set for my other friend she will be interested too, she suffers from over heating and awase kimono would set her on fire) a synthetic furisode with matching heko and pre-tied obi as it would be her first. The kimono is pictured 🙂
This kimono is nearly 180cm long like a kakeshita but my friend is tall and we need the length. I always keep an eye out for stupidly long kimono for her but as with myself we are cutting back on spending of late due to the economic meltdown continuing in the UK.
I made them watch my kimono dressing DVD and they were astonished at all the items, the skill and complication of kimono dressing. I dress along to my DVD all the time as I am still wanting ultimate perfection!
On the Sunday we went to Mount Fuji for lunch in Birmingham and I had my first bento . It was super cold so I had my leggings on under my kimono, a haori and a shawl with my omeshi awase kimono. I sported my FUG boots also with kimono 🙂
Drunken-ness and hungover-ness meant I didn’t take photos but when my friend puts her photos online I will steal one 🙂
Oh yes, a kimono free weekend for me as I am going to spend the weekend having my hair cut and making dreadlocks. I have worn kimono once this week so I don’t feel I am neglecting my art. Kitsuke is an art it needs practise and attention, and I imagine its going to be a while yet till I am happy with my skill. I can dress other people beautifully but its all about dressing yourself as perfectly as you would dress another.
I might dress up in the kimono I am donating to the kitsuke evening in December so I can do a little advertising on this blog to get people interesting in visiting Birmingham for the night and getting involved. Its only £2 to go and a £1 a strip for the raffle tickets. Hopefully we will see some kanzashi and other kimono bits and bobs donated too.
The featured image is from my teal modern furisode that I might wear to Kimono de Jack Birmingham!
So the next meeting is Friday the 10th of December onwards from 7pm, the night before the December KDJ at the Christmas markets in Birmingham. Costing a meagre £2 April will be demonstrating kitsuke on three men and three women. There will also be a plethora of kimono ladies present namely Lyuba, Hong, Isla and myself.
Well, it rained on the first kimono de jack and the weather is getting colder. So the next “KDJ” on the 13th of November needs to be catered for. EMS shipping is the only way to get your winter kimono warmers before that date!
So, what do we need:
1. Rain Geta
It rains in the UK and getting wet tabi is no fun. When searching for any kimono item it is best to first navigate straight to the Rakuten kimono page :http://event.rakuten.co.jp/borderless/kimono/ and use the ‘Japanese sandals’ section in ‘Kimono items by Category’.
The kanji is already inserted for you but we need to add to this. I will add the kanji ‘for rain’
Now the search results will show waterproof coverings and rain geta. A UK size 7 is best to get a 25cm or large pair, but measure the length of your foot to make sure. Geta and Zori sizes differ from western so take heed of the measurements provided. A pair of Zori roughly weigh 300g so expect the shipping to be £11/12.
2. AMA or Kimono Rain Coat
To find this we are going to use the ‘for rain’ kanji again, but this time directly in the kimono category:
and you will find an array of colours and styles. Rain coats are very light normally so will come up at about 200-300g for shipping.
3. Kimono Shawl
Finding kimono shawls is also super easy, by just using the kanji for shawl in the main kimono category.
and you get an array of items from fluffy to regular shawls.
So there you have it, easy as pie to find winter kimono goods to keep you warm and dry in the great British weather!
And just to promote Kimono De Jack UK again, here are some shots!
I started this blog because I have a terrible need to talk about kimono. I don’t care if you are listening or not, its my obsession. A friend of mine recently described me as a 30 year old that thinks she’s Geisha (and she was a 30 year old who thinks she is a sailor, but that’s another story) so this is my outlet.
I started my love of kimonos at the age of 18, but it didn’t really manifest itself into an obsession until 2 years ago.
Now I have over 70 kimono.
I know most of the kimono rules, but for me kimono is fashion so you will see me mixing formalities, flouting the rules and adding a gothic/loli/cyber twist to ensembles.
Enjoy, and comment if you have the urge