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Monday, June 22, 2015

::Kimono Lookbook:: 2014.10 - 2016.05

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It has been about a year since I started learning about kimono.
I'm not taking any lessons now but trying to wear a kimono at least twice a month so that I won't forget how to wear it. 
I looked into my photo albums and found out I've worn 15 times since October, 2014. 
Here are some of my favorite looks with back number links to the blog posts.

My very first day in kimono without any help. 
I remember taking over an hour to dress myself that day. → Happy Kimono Day (Oct. 2014) 

KYOTO. Walking around the city in my own kimono was one of my goals I set when started taking lessons. The city was beautiful with full of red leaves then. 
Antique Look & Kyoto Day 1 (Nov. 2014)

The end of 2014. At one of most popular temples in Tokyo, Sensoji-Temple.
Holiday Look at Senso-ji (Dec. 2014)

My first look in 2015! I visited Meiji-Jingu Shrine in my favorite omeshi.
Celebrating a New Year (Jan. 2015)

Look 2 in January, 2015. I wore an obi with motif of cranes as a symbol of celebration. 
Strawberry Cranes (Jan. 2015)

A casual look for Valentine's day shopping with my mother's komon.
Shared Wardrobe (Feb. 2015)

Chemical colored kimono for a shopping day at kimono market. 
Color Jungle (Mar. 2015)

Quick transformation trial for my friend's wedding party. 
I tried changing myself into this kimono without a mirror in 30 mins, and I DID IT!!!!
Mandarine Orange (Mar. 2015)

Walking in a modernized city in Japanese traditional fashion.
Pineapple & Roses (Mar. 2015)

SAKURA. The first week of April is so beautiful everywhere with cherry blossoms.
I took a SAKURA seeing tour in Tokyo in omeshi.
Something PinkSakura Scenery (Apr. 2015)

One day in a semi-formal kimono for the family luncheon at Peninsula Tokyo.
My family on my mother's side gathered for my uncle's birthday.
NEST (Apr. 2015)

A formal look borrowed from my mother for my friend's wedding ceremony.
Formal Look (Apr. 2015)

And my latest look in a hitoe omeshi. → Digital Look (May. 2015)

Since I don't have a summer kimono or many yukatas, probably I won't be posting many kimono looks here until the end of summer. 
But summer is when more of those who usually don't wear kimonos tend to wear yukatas for festivals and firework shows. I'm so excited to go out in a yukata with my friends!
Need to plan something with them soon!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

::Off the Shoulders::

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Another look with my favorite gaucho pants :)
I posted my first gaucho look HERE

Top :  Le Ciel Bleu
Gaucho : AULA AILA
Necklace :  ZARA
Sandals :  Elizabeth & James
Bag : Double Standard Clothing
Shades :  CHANEL

I love shoes from Elizabeth & James.
Their designs are sharp and elegant.

I went to Ginza to have a catch-up lunch with my friend this day.
We found beautiful hydrangeas at the cafe.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

::New Accessories::

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New accessories for this summer :)
Here are some earrings and hair accessories I got recently.

Earrings from Lily Brown

And ball earrings I got for only 300 yen / pair!

Hair clips! I'm into stars and starfishes recently. 
Can't wait to use them for a beachy hair style.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

::Digital Look::

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The weather is getting too warm to wear a kimono. 
One of my favorite kimono designers had an event at her atelier the other day last month, and I got this hitoe kimono out from my closet.

"Hitoe" is a kimono without a lining. It is traditionally worn in June and September when the weather is too warm to wear "Awase = kimono with a lining" but not so hot as summer.
Since the climate is getting warmer year by year, there is a tendency of choosing which one to wear depending on the temperature of the day except for any formal occasions.

I chose a hanhaba obi in matching colors with the kimono this day.
"Hanhaba" means half-width in Japanese. The width of this obi is half (about 15 cm) of a nagoya obi. This is why it is called "hanhaba". Normally worn for casual occasions.

Total look.
I put a photo of this look on Facebook the other day, and someone commented "The motif looks like smartphones! I like it!". I didn't see that until I read that comment!
So this look is named "Digital Smartphone Look" from now on.

At a shopping event, I chose two out of this beautiful accessory box.
Which one would you pick?

The weather was so beautiful this day. 
After shopping at the event, I saw one of my friends in Jiyugaoka and had a beer party until late at night. It was so much fun!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

::1/25 Scale:: miniature world heritage

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Have you seen the Eiffel tower right behind the Notre-dame????? 
If you know the actual locations of them, you can tell this photo is not taken in Paris. But doesn't it look so real?
After 30 mins ride of the boat on the river in Nikko, we decided to drop by Tobu World Square on the way back home. It is an architectural museum with 102 globally famous buildings on 1/25 scale. It was so much more interesting than I expected!

House of Parliament in Tokyo.

Tokyo Sky Tree. The tallest tower in Japan.

Tokyo station. Look at the crowd!! It looks soooo real!! 

Me, trying to pick up the air plane in front of Narita airport.
And... yes, Tokyo Tower.

Not only the buildings in Japan, there are a lot of famous architectures all over the world.
My world tour begins from......Egypt!!!

Three pyramids and the sphinx.

The acropolis of Athens.

It was soooo fun taking photos. You definitely need a camera to come here!!

And this is the Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower of Paris.
I was so amazed how well the details are reproduced!! Colors, materials, sculptures, and etc....

Sagrada Familia in Spain.
I've never been there and didn't know it is like.....

this from behind!!

Westminster Abbey in the UK.

I've been there last year.

This is a photo of the real one that I took there. 

The Great Wall of China.
It looks even more real with the green around it.

Oh! I think I found something..... if you take a closer look.....

The main characters of "Annals of Three Kingdoms", the famous historical story of China, are walking on it! I found some more like this in the other area in the park. 

There are also more historic sites in Japan like this one.

I spent about an hour looking at these reproduced architectures from all over the world. It was like a virtual experience of a world tour. I'm glad the weather was so nice on that day.

Thank you for reading.