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Thursday, August 18, 2016

::Traditional Wardrobe::

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Let me share some new things I got for my traditional wardrobe recently.
Beautiful things created by Japanese artisans!

For my friends' wedding party, I WAS going to attend it in kimono but didn't have any summer obi to match my summer kimono. 
A day before the party, I went to 4-5 kimono shops to find the right obi to pair with my diamond kimono, and this is the perfect bellflower obi I found!

The lemon yellow of this obi matched perfectly with the rose violet kimono.
Click HERE for the whole article on this look.

Another obi I found on internet on the other day.
This is for autumn and winter so I'm looking forward to wear this in a couple of months!

And another party kimono with this beautiful drawing!
I found this at an antique store in Omotesando and just fell in love with it. Can't wait to get a chance to wear this :)

Last week, I finally got a chance to wear a yukata for the night party at FLAME tokyo.

 Many of my friends came in their beautiful yukatas!

I was requested to wear my own yukata in mini-length with heels. 
So yes, I was there looking like this.

Yukata : Roccoya

Yukata itself is about 160 cm long but I just folded it all the way up to this length.

And I paired this obi with it.

I helped some of my friends dress themselves into yukata.
One of them was a guy and became a temporary drag-queen for fun.
I lent him my obi and yukata. Pity that I can't share the total look of him here. He looked so beautiful in kimono with the makeup done by a professional.

Here are my other looks in the same yukatas as above. 
You can see the total look by clicking each link below.↓

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

::Crossed Braids::

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For my friends' wedding party I attended a couple of weeks ago, I tried a soft hair bun updo with 3 braids. 

For details of my total kimono look for the party, please go read the previous article HERE.

Fuzzy hair bun with a fishtail braid and two dutch braids.

First, separate your hair into 3 sections like above.
Make the middle section into a low ponytail and braid the tail into a fishtail braid. If you don't know how to create a fishtail, normally create a three-strand braid instead. 
Loosen up the braid to make it look bigger and make it into a loose bun right above the nape of your neck.

Dutch (french) braid the section on each side and loosen up each braid.
Cross both braids above the hair bun and pin each end in place under the bun.

And you are done :)

Give it a try for a party look!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016


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During this super humid and hot summer in Tokyo, I haven't got an urge to wear kimono just for an ordinary day. 
Last weekend, my friends, Tai & Miki, had their 1st wedding anniversary party at Westin Tokyo where they met. As I promised with them, I wanted to join and celebrate their beautiful day in kimono.

At the gorgeous staircase of Westin Tokyo.
Both Tai and Miki used to work at this beautiful hotel and that's how they met.

Their lovely portrait made with tiny photos of them.

About 130? 150 people were there to celebrate, but only Tai's mother and I were in kimono.
Here is what I wore.

Summer Omeshi with diamond motif.

(FYI: Omeshi is actually not suitable for formal occasion. But the host wanted to make the party casual and comfortable for every guest so I chose this one.)

Summer obi with Chinese bellflowers.

With lilies on my new sunshade.

The party was so much fun and heartwarming.
Thank you Tai and Miki for the great time and CONGRATULATIONS :)

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