Tag Archive: hakama


Back in November, my study abroad program (IES) brought us to Kyoto. It was our final and biggest trip for the semester, so of course I decided to wear kimono My friend Brittany decided to finally get her first kimono set, so I helped her get all the stuff she needed before she left. She chose a beautiful komon with red and orange maple leaves, which was perfect for the season. Her obi was a green hanhaba obi with owls. I chose my blue wool set

Our first stop on the trip was Kiyomizudera. The weekend we went was apparently the peak of the momijigari (maple-viewing) season, which is evident from this picture.

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I also helped my friend John get a full kimono set before we went on the trip. He’s really tall, so opted for hakama, which worked really well. We also got randomly interviewed in front of Kiyomizudera by a Japanese reporter asking us why we were in Kyoto and why we were in kimono.

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Later, we made our own sensu!

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That night, we did the coolest thing I did the entire year: had an ozashiki with geisha! Our geiko was my favorite geiko Tsuneyuu’s younger sister Tsunemomo, our maiko was Hisamomo, and our jimae geiko was Tsunekazu. I asked if we could talk to them one-on-one after we played Konpira Fune Fune. Tsunemomo was very excited to learn that her older sister was my favorite geisha, and that I had gone to see her in the Gion Odori and she said she’d tell Tsuneyuu. =D They also both did a dance for us.

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The next day, we went to Nijojou and walked around the garden. Only John I wore kimono the second day.

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The nightengale floors of Nijojou
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After that, we went to Kinkaku-ji.

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The last day, we went to Arashiyama which is a beautiful little place outside of Kyoto, about 20 minutes by train. We got to ride the rickshaws for quite some time and went through the bamboo grove.

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There are a bunch of other cool pictures in the full set here.

Halloween 2013

First of all, I’d like to say I’m really sorry about my lack of updates! I have several planned that I will be posting as soon as possible.  If you didn’t know, I’m currently in Japan studying abroad until May.

まず、更新の欠如ですみません!なるべく速くポストをいつか作るつもりです。5月まで日本に留学しているのは現状です。

When I went to update the blog a a few weeks ago, Flickr was beta-ing their redesign, and the HTML coding was missing from the beta and the original site, so I had to wait until they fixed it.

数週間前に更新しようとしたが、Flickrは更新中でHTMLが消えてしまったので、直ったまで待つより仕方がなかった。

I didn’t wear kimono from the time of the last post until Halloween except for Otakon, which, due to  a lack of pictures, I regretfully will not be posting about.  So, for Halloween, my dorm and one of the other study-abroad dorms threw a Halloween party, so of course, I took the opportunity to wear kimono.  For this occasion I decided to wear my newly-bought-in-Japan yukata with spider webs and new black hakama. The hakama are a tad long, so I need to hem them a  bit, it’s kind of tedious, so I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

この前のポストの時からハロウィーンまでOtakon除いて着物をきていなかった。写真の欠如があるものだから、残念ながら、Otakonについてはポストしない。とにかく、ハロウィーンのために、私の寮の人ともう一つの寮とともにハロウィーンパーティーを催した。当然だが、着物を着た。日本で新しく買ったクモの巣の柄の浴衣を着て、新しい黒い袴を履いた。袴はちょっと長すぎるので、ちょっと短くしたいけど、まだるっこいから、まだしていない。

Ryouji and I in our kimono.

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Brittany in a lolita cat outfit.

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After the party, I changed into something a bit warmer and more comfortable.

パーティーの後で、もっと暖かくて着よい着物に着替えた。

Babette as a maid.

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Ayaka and I.

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Jen as sushi.

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The next post will be up shortly, and I have a lot lined up, so please look foward to it!

次のポストは速く作るつもりで、たくさんが並んでいるから、お楽しみにしてくださいね。

On November 19th, my friend Kelly came in from Missouri where she goes to college to visit. She couldn’t stay the whole weekend, but that day, Kim and I already had a photoshoot planned and I wanted to go to Phipps with Kelly, so we all went together.  By the time we got there, it was much later than we had planned, and Kim had a photoshoot she had to go to, so unfortunately, Kim didn’t get to actually go in Phipps with us. We have a trip planned for New Years that I’m really looking forward to though. It was really sunny and windy that day, and it doesn’t help that Phipps is on top of a large hill. Kim’s photoshoot was vintage themed, and I went all Meiji Era with yabane and hakama, so no new outfit for me there, but Kim’s is new!

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I tied a tsunodashi variation on Kim ^^

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I wasn’t actually trying to copy Kim, my foot got stuck XD

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This was my first time inside Phipps and I really enjoyed it. I am a biologist, but my least favorite thing is plants <.< but there was some really cool stuff to see! I threw in some of my favorites:

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My friend Kelly =D

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The village display.

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These are the spider chrysanthemums (kangiku) featured on kimono. They are pretty cool!

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Coolest thing I saw!

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Maple (momiji/kaede).

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Japanese pine (matsu).

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There was one part that was a Japanese style garden, so I had a fun time doing some cool Zen-style shots. I took a few serious pics for something different, and they turned out better than I thought they would.

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Playing with editors to make some vintage:

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The whole set is here.

Yabane Komon with Hakama

So I temporarily stole Kim’s hakama too to put with this outfit.  I absolutely LOVE this outfit and I’m glad I finally got to do a yabane and hakama combo! The hakama are navy, so they didn’t photograph well, but I have an occasion in mind for wearing this again. Here’s the pictures: