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This is just a short post about my friends and my hatsumoude, or first shrine visit of the year.  A bunch of people from the dorm including myself went down to a temple called Koushou-ji. There were quite a lot of people and food vendors and stuff which was nice, but since hatsumoude is supposed to be to a shrine not a temple, we set off on what would become a rather long journey to find a nice shrine to pray at. We eventually found one and there was no one there, so it was quite peaceful.

初詣のついての短い更新です。寮に住んでいた友達と近くの興正寺に行きました。食べ物がたくさんあったけど、もちろん、興正寺は寺なので、それから祈れる神社を見つけるために長旅しちゃいました。やっとの思い出、誰もいなくて静かなのを見つけました。

I wore my blue wool kimono with black accessories and I wore my awesome new haori that my friend’s hostdad bought me. The crests are nami-chidori and the lining has ume with a nightingale.

青いウールの着物を着て、黒いアクセサリーを使って、友達のホストファザーが買って下さった羽織を着ました。家紋は波千鳥で、羽裏に梅と鶯が染まりました。

at Koushou-ji 興正寺で

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the new haori  新しい羽織

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at the small shrine 見つけた神社で

and then this was the view of Nagoya from the hill 坂からの景色

On New Years Day, we went to Atsuta Jingu, a very famous shrine, but there were a ton of people, so we just made our round and left. お正月に熱田神宮に行ったけど、人が多すぎたから、見回して出ました。

the line to go pray at the shrine 祈りに来た人々

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First Kimono

Since my first post was about how my obsession with Japanese culture started, I’ll talk about my first kimono in this one.

I really don’t have a story about how my kimono addiction got started, because it was a complete whim that I wanted to buy one. So I signed up for eBay and looked around. Luckily for me, I came across the seller eisaku-jp, and when I saw their real kimono, it became really easy to pick out the fakes. Unluckily for me, their store can be a little pricey. I ended up buying two things from them: my first kimono and a haori.

My first kimono is a kuro-tomesode with amazing dyed scenery at the bottom. I was in love. It is still one of my most amazing kimono, and even people who do not know about kimono are immediately impressed by the artistry. I would later find out that kuro-tomesode are meant for married women. It’s funny, many people’s first kimono is a kuro-tomesode, but they are one of the most non-versitile kimono, as well as being rather hard to dress in. At the time, I really had no intention of buying women’s kimono, but since I had spent so much on it (about $120USD), I figured I should just continue; besides, men’s kimono are usually so boring. I still avoid anything with flowers and I don’t think most of my kimono scream women’s clothing. Anyways, here is a picture:

Kurotomesode with Scenery

(Psst… Clicking will take you to the original on Flickr)

The haori that I got has almost unnoticable embroidered bamboo and bears one crest matching the ones on my kuro-tomesode. I wear it out frequently, as it makes a nice little, formal-looking jacket. Here is the picture:

Kuro-montsuki Haori with Bamboo

Since I now had a very formal kimono, I thought I should get an informal one then (are you seeing where this is heading?). So I went back to eisaku-jp and got a polyester komon with a blue, yellow, and burgandy stipple pattern. I’ve still never seen anything like it, and I love it to pieces.

Stippled Komon

Close-up:

So that’s it for my first run in with kimono!

First Post!

So I’ve thought long and hard about what to write for my first post. I figured it should probably be kimono related, but I thought of a better idea. Why not go back to the very beginning of it all? The beginning of my obsession with Japanese culture.

My mom has always enjoyed oriental aesthetics, but since the internet wasn’t around yet, her knowledge of the things she collected was limited, and that pretty much hasn’t changed.  In comes my best friend Ashley.  We met eachother because we sat at the same lunch table in 8th grade. We didn’t talk until she asked me quite a random question: “Do you know about Sailor Moon?”  Well, it was only my favorite show ever since I was like 5… When I told her this, she got very excited. I knew from that moment on we’d be best friends. She started explaining to me what anime was and also told me about her extensive manga collection.  We hung out at her house a few times for “anime nights” and watched Sailor Moon movies and talked about anime. She explained that there wass a fifth and final season of Sailor Moon (Stars) which never aired in America. So I went home and watched it. When we hung out again, she showed me how to put the theme song on my iPod and gave me some of her Japanese music to listen to. Among those songs were Utada Hikaru’s Sactuary, Passion, Hikari (from which I derive my meme), and Simple and Clean. Before my iPod Nano died, I had listened to the Sailor Stars Song (Hanazawa Kae) about 2000 times. I think my mom still knows the lyrics… To this day, it is my number one favorite song, and the song that marks the beginning of my obsession with Japanese Culture.

So here it is, the Sailor Stars Song! (There is also a full version, available for download at gendou.com/amusic.)