A friend of mine (and fellow kimono enthusiast) has been studying the koto for two years and had a concert today with her group. Not only was the music great, but the kimono…sooooooo beautiful! Most of the ladies were wearing houmongi, but one woman was in an oshima tsumugi and the other was wearing a gorgeous shibori kimono (maybe oshima, I didn’t get close enough to see her kimono, but the colour is right).
My friend is currently practicing for a kimono dressing competition next month. She’ll have 8 minutes to completely dress herself in a furisode, create a fukurasuzume musubi (plump sparrow bow) using a biyosugata, and put it on. Today was a great opportunity for her to practice and her group was impressed with the results. So much so that when they introduced all the members of the group, the announcer made a point of saying…
“This is nani-nani-san. She is from America. She has been studying koto for two years. Today, she is wearing her own kimono and she put it on herself. (Audience: eeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiii!!! Sugoi!) Please stand up and show everyone!” My friend then had to stand up and turn around for all to admire.
Just one more note before I show you the pictures, Japan has very strict privacy laws. If I don’t have the person’s permission, I have to block out any identifying features which is why all the faces are blocked out. I only have my friend’s permission. And with that being said, enjoy the plethora of kimono I got to see today!