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I dressed my friend Kelsey for her Coming of Age Day in a furisode she rented.  I actually dressed her twice, the first time was a test run a few days before the actual ceremony.  She went to a local temple to take pictures.  The furisode was just gorgeous and I think the kitsuke came out very well. There’s not much else to say, so here are the pictures.

成人の日に、ケルシーという友達に彼女が借りた振袖を着せました。二回着せました。一回目は試しで、二回目は成人式のためだった。近くの寺に行って、写真を撮りました。振袖は本当に美しかったです。着付けもよかったと思います。それで、写真です~

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This second tutorial I made is my first ever YouTube video! It’s in two parts: the first part is dressing in the kimono, which can be used for any kimono, save for maybe kuro-tomesode, and the second part is tying otaiko with a Nagoya obi. Later, I’ll do formal kimono and men’s kimono. I’m really excited about this, but unfortunately, the sound on my camera apparently doesn’t work so well, so I’ll probably re-do this at some point. It gets the job done though!

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI7UG05psAE

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDUY3V-n0xc

On Oct 6th, I was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something I thought I’d never do.  The Japan American Society of Pennsylvania brought in two wonderful ladies from Japan who are actually quite well known. Their day job is to dress people in traditional Japanese dress for weddings, which is a service widely provided, due to the fact that kimono has fallen out of fashion and most Japanese people don’t know how to dress in kimono.  If you have enough money, however, you can be dressed in much more than the standard men’s kuromontsuki-haori-hakama and the women’s uchikake.  Some people spring for something much much older: Heian Era dress (794 – 1185 CE). Known best for the Tale of Genji and being the Golden Age of Japan, it’s also known for the elaborate dress the women wore.  Normally called juunihitoe (十二単)(lit. 12 unlined robes), the day-to-day version was formally called itsutsu-karaginu-mo (五衣唐衣裳) which refers to the five normal layers, the Chinese-style over-garment, and the long train. My friend Mizuki got to wear that (and I did afterwards) but I wore what’s called a Noushi (直衣). The outfits they brought were silk, even though they had synthetic ones, because the silk ones were lighter. I don’t know if I’d put that much trust in the US airline baggage system. Oh and my outfit was worth $10,000 and hers was worth $30,000.  Anyways, here are the pictures:

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The beautiful kimono and hakama.

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Then people got to try on the twelve layers.

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Me with the dressers.

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I really hope that everyone who organized it, Katsuko-sensei who asked me if I wanted to do it, and the wonderful ladies who have me the opportunity to do this know how much it meant to me.