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Akemashite omedetou!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2004

Happy New Year! To celebrate 2004, I finally tried on my red and black furisode: . . From left to right: The first photo is with a datejime, before putting on the obi; the second and third photos are fully dressed. I’ve posted the first photo because of what becomes apparent in the second: my […]

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Lesson 8: How to put on a kimono

Wednesday, December 17th, 2003

Photographed instructions that I hope can act as a complement to others online: o How to wear a kimono There are three pages of instructions in all, not counting the collar preparation that I posted earlier. Please note that I’ve done my best to make clear instructions that are as thorough as possible, but by […]

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Lesson 7: More juban basics; preparing a kimono collar

Wednesday, December 17th, 2003

I’ve updated the instructions I had for how to put on a juban, added how to tie a datejime, and have started on instructions for wearing a kimono. As with previous instructions, all are interlinked. o Putting on a juban (with a chikara nuno) o Putting on a datejime o Preparing the kimono collar (first […]

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Trying on various kimono

Saturday, November 1st, 2003

Lots of photos today! I had enough time last night and this morning to try on the woven kimono I received in the mail yesterday, as well as another go at my hikifurisode, this time with the obi I bought especially for it. . . . . The omeshi tatewaku kimono worn with my chuya […]

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Lesson 6: Juban basics

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003

I finally had the time to do something I’ve long wanted to do: photograph the process of making and sewing on a han eri. I took the chance to also make a chikara nuno – juban collar adjustment – and photograph how to wear a juban with one. The photo-illustrated directions follow. All are interlinked, […]

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Lesson 5: English-language books on kimono

Friday, May 2nd, 2003

After recommending Basic Kitsuke Books and Advanced Kitsuke Books in Japanese, here are some of the best English-language books on kimono. 1. Kimono: Fashioning Culture, by Liza Dalby An excellent book covering kimono past and present. The author covers not only “familiar” – i.e., formal – kimono, but also work clothes, folk clothing, and the […]

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Hikifurisode: first attempt

Wednesday, April 16th, 2003

My Marusho hikifurisode seems to have a penchant for adventure. I originally had it sent to my parents in the US, then asked them to send it to me in France. They put it in the mail two months ago, and I just received it today! Postage was for it to be sent by air, […]

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Lesson 4: Advanced kitsuke books

Monday, April 14th, 2003

This lesson will cover more advanced kitsuke books, which mainly focus on different obi musubi (obi knots or bows). At the moment I only have two, but these two books are so full of information that they should satisfy most anyone’s needs. See also Lesson Three: Basic kitsuke books, where four all-around kitsuke books are […]

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