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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

I got this kimono while I was away at Otakon using a sniping service. I didn’t expect to win it because kimono with this type of technique tend to get quite pricey as well as the fact that the motif is rather well loved, especially on the IG Forums.  The auction photos showed this kimono as white, so I was kind of disappointed when it arrived and it was light beige. I still really love this kimono though. The fabric is strange; I think it’s chirimen, only very flimsy and it has a rough texture. It’s kind of strange to dress in for this reason. I was trying to make due with the obi I had, so I thought this one was best. I tried black, but it looked strange, because the sumi-e isn’t black at any point, just a really dark gray. This was one of my first obi and I love it, so I’m glad that I finally have a kimono to pair with it. I tried black accessories at first, the changed to red cause the black didn’t look right again. I feel like red was a safe choice though. What color accessories would you choose? Depending on the weather, and because this is my only fitting kimono with a water motif, I think I’ll wear this to the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival. If it’s too cold by then, I think I’ll wear my stippled komon I mentioned in my first post.

Here’s the auction photo:

Houmongi with Sumi-e Nami-Chidori

Here’s the obi:

Fukuro Obi with Abstract Pattern

Here is with the black accessories:

And here are the rest with the red accessories: