Friday, 25 March 2011

I love this Yuuki Kimono, came down from my mom in law.
But I damaged the sleeves of this by rain last month.
Yuuki would be shrunk by water. I know this, but I did not have umbrella then. My stole could not cover the sleeves.





Anyway , this Kimono ' sizing are slightly too small for me. So I've been deciding to have this Kimono all renewed, not only washed, but to have taken apart (parts and parts of them) and re-sew into my measurements.
This Kimono with lining. I am planing the renew in July or after that, and renewed by Sept.
Later than summer Kimono, before Autumn (or winter) Kimono.

-Natsu

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Michiyuki & Obi

This is a self photo , taken on the way to the office.
The coat, which is called "michiyuki" style , is from my mom.
Ground colour is redish purple, I think this is a kind of "Enji" maroon. Japanese traditional red or purple.



And, this was another one.
I was going to my Japanese Odori class (Hanayagi, less expensive beginner class I attend three times a month).




The Obi is same fabric of the Michiyuki I wore above.
My mom had the Kimono tailor to dye these specially.
In old time, (I think it was twenty or thirty years ago, ) our mothers and grandmothers easily found a tailors and sellers handles wonderful & luxury Kimonos.

-Natsu




Monday, 14 March 2011

Tsunami and earthquake attacked East japan

Coming back from Japanese Nichibu lesson, I was talking about it to my mom in law. My daughter, two months to her three year birthday, climbing up me and talked me how she spent her hours with her grand-ma.

"Earthquake!?" shouted me and my daughter almost same time. We come under a dining table.
It was the biggest one as long as I can remember. It was frightened me very much. I think my scare was affected to my daughter. She cried. I said to her that she did not have to worry anything, because I was there for her, and her grand-ma too. But I think I was more frightened than her.

My daughter still wake up , crying. I believe she have a mare of the earthquake.

But we are all right after all. Concerning about people in the north, it was nothing what we experienced.


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Old japanese saying, "JISHIN (earthquake), KAMINARI (lightening and thunder), KAJI (fires) , Oyaji ( a father)", these are the biggest four you are frightened.
We know we always came throughout difficulties of Jishin, Tusnami and storms, Fires.
My grand-mothers, who were born in late 18th did, came through wars and KantouDaishinsai, a big earthquake disaster. By their generation, Japanese Kimono was always recycled as Kimono, then as sleeping clothing, then covering, bags, Sashes, ... last being cleaning cloths.


I once again think about the greatness of Nature, greatness of power.
Not natural. We are very lucky.

So I decide I will save electronics powers and other powers as ecological as I can do.
I will use everything better and valuate them at the last of the last.

At last, of course but not at least, we received many many kind words and messages to Japan.
We would like to thank you all! We are so encouraged by your warm messages.
Thank you very much for your thought, for your prays.

Sincerely yours,
Natsu