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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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Some New Men’s Stuff

So I decided to start getting more men’s stuff for my collection. I hope I’ll get to use them in Japan next year too. I’d still like to find a few more things: a formal haori, informal hakama, another kaku obi, and another cool colored kimono.

I finally found a black/blue kimono I really like, and it came with a haori too. It’s also nice and big.

Black and Blue Men's Kimono

Black and Blue Mens Haori

It has light blue threads!

Black and Blue Men's Kimono Detail

Then I found this thing called a nakagi. It’s like a dounuki for guys I guess. I mean, I guess that makes sense, but I never really thought about it…

Nakagi 3

Nakagi 4

It has this really cool, fine design.

Nakagi 5

I’ll probably wear these for Christmas, so look forward to pictures!

I changed the widgets on the right side of my blog  a little bit, so now there is a link to my Facebook group from which you can receive notifications of new posts if you are subscribed to the group. You can still find the email subscription link at the bottom of the widget bar if you don’t want to use Facebook. I also added the link to my YouTube channel. While it’s pretty scarce right now, there will be more videos to come!  Also, at the bottom of the sample Flickr photos, there is a link to my photostream. I’ve also gotten rid of the redundant search bar which I never noticed. If you’ve tried to use it in the past, you might have noticed it didn’t work, but I’ve recently added tags to all my old post, so it should work now.

If you check the kimono information tab at the top of the blog, you will notice that I’ve finally finished the glossary. I will still be adding terms as I think of them. You will also notice that below that, I’ve given a kanji look-up for a ton of words, and defined the individual kanji to help deepen our understanding of kimono terms.

Under the kimono blogs sub-tab, I’ve added a lot of new blogs! If you’re an IG member and you see your blog listed, please state your blog and IG username so I can put a name to the blog. Thank you!

The next thing I’ll be re-doing is the eBay links sub-tab as I’ve added quite a few sellers to my favorite list since I last edited the blog list. After that will be the IG links sub-tab.

Phipps New Years Visit 2011

Kim and I had been planning a new years trip to Phipps Conservatory for a while now, so we went on the 29th. The original plan was to wear tomesode or furisode, but I wanted to wear my new kimono  and with Kim’s gallstones, she wanted comfort, so we saved those plans for later.  The holiday displays were beautiful. There was a man and a woman playing Christmas songs on hand bells and tons of Christmas trees.


Kim and I with the enormous center Christmas tree. It was breathtaking.


The center tree. It was very tastefully decorated in silver and blue.


The tree was in perfectly still water, so all of the lights were reflected on the surface. A genius idea. It was amazing.

Whole set on Flickr here.