Tag Archive: yukata


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。

Plaid Kuro-tomesode with Yukata Dounuki

So I’ve been wanting to try and use yukata as a dounuki. I wasn’t sure about this outfit at first, but I tried my best to mix the black and blue, and I really like the result. The obi is the chuuya that Kim gave me. I was also feeling inspired by Mokona’s Okimono Kimono where Mokona uses some modern patterns to make a kurotomesode young and fashionable. Depending on the weather, I may do something similar to this for my cousin’s wedding in October (in California). It’s surprisingly comfy, but just a little bulky. It was a little hard to dress in since the yukata was longer than the tomesode, but once you get the bottom edges even, you just do kitsuke as normal.

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Whole set here.

Comments and/or critiques welcome!

Tekkoshocon X 2012

Tekkoshocon, my home town’s convention, celebrated its 10th annivery this past weekend. I’ve been going to Tekko since I was a sophomore in high school, and to my dismay, it’s gone down hill in my opinion. The main reason for this is it’s movement from the David L Lawrence Convention center to the Wyndham Grand Hotel Pittsburgh. Tekko boasts about 3000 attendants each year, which is quite large. The hotel doesn’t really fit that many people well. Things maybe looking up though as rumor has it that it may be moving back after we were able to book all the reserved rooms at the hotel and then some. But I digress. This year was actually quite fun as I had a friend come along with me on Saturday and I met up with a few other friends. As I said in my last post, I also got a nice turn out for my panel.

I didn’t take many pictures this year, but here are the ones I took:

First, I did a Meiji-inspired outfit that I saw in a manga. I used my favorite dance piece with a white polo underneath, completed with hakama and no obi. This is one of my new favorite outfits! It was super comfy and flow-y and I felt like it was greatly my style. I definitely love Meiji inspired outfits and I would love to explore this style more.

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I also got to meet Youtube star Dejavudea and she was kind enough to take a picture with me. As you can see, I also wore my yukata outfit this weekend, which I’ve already shown a few times.

As for cosplay pictures, I only have two. The first is a picture of King Kazma, a character from one of my favorite anime movies, Summer Wars (サマーウォーズ).

Lastly, I got a picture of three awesome cosplayers as white-outfit Marth from Super Smash Bros Brawl, Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII, and Cloud Strife (Dissidia Final Fantasy 012 outfit).

I’m sorry I don’t have more for you, but there a few things coming soon as well  as an analytical/historical post to change things up a little.

I decided that I should finally do a series of various kimono tutorials. This first one is a picture tutorial for yukata and hanhaba obi. The obi is tied in kai-no-kuchi musubi.

The Flickr link is here!

I’ve had this yukata for about a year now and just recently found an obi that I think does it justice. After losing one of my first auctions (another crane yukata), Moonblossom, a mod on the IG Forums, was very kind and showed me this yukata on eBay, and I instantly fell in love with it. So now I finally get to give back the favor by showing it off.  This is still one of my favorite kimono and still my only yukata. I got the odori hanhaba from Shinei (and had to pay EMS to get it here in time, or else I would have gotten it for nice and cheap). This is outfit 1 of 3 for Otakon. I didn’t think about it, but when I wear this to the con, I’m going to use my silver obi-jime with the crane obi-dome I traded Tzippurah-san for.

IG thread here.