Happy (belated) New Year to all my readers out there! I just wanted to write you all and tell you that I haven’t forgotten about you. Life has been very busy recently and I haven’t had the time to write. But no worries, I have big plans for this blog in the future.
Right now, I have two very exciting things happening in my life. First, I am the official kimono dresser for my community’s local English musical production. This year they are doing Frozen with a Japanese twist (tanuki instead of trolls etc.). The coronation scene requires a lot of characters dressed in kimono, so we raided my closet to get them dressed! I’ll also be dressing and undressing everyone at each of the six performances.
The second exciting thing happening in my life is that I am practicing for my kitsuke license. In order to become a qualified kimono dresser, I have to dress myself in a kurotomesode and obi (with a nijyudaiko musubi) in five minutes. My current time is at about ten minutes so I have a lot of work to do, but I’m enjoying learning. I’ll keep you updated when I hit major milestones on this journey. Currently I’m dressing, checking my time, undressing, and repeating as much as I can. I’m going to meet with my tester in mid February for some advice so right now I’m in overdrive mode.
I also have a large kimono trip coming up in April. I’m going to Kyoto to see Miyako Odori. While I’m there, I plan to visit and experience nishijin weaving, shibori dyeing, and yuzen dyeing. And of course I plan to write blogs on all of them! I’m also planning another shopping trip to the Toji flea market while I’m there.
And of course I’m planning on continuing my ongoing motifs series. I’m trying to post motifs that are seasonally appropriate, and with spring coming up, there’s a lot to choose from. My top choices right now are ume, sakura, tsubaki, and botan. After that, we’ll see!
Finally, one of my own personal goals for the year is to start the process of making kimono. I’m not sure what I’m going to start with, but I do have a Nagoya obi that is too short to fit me properly. Perhaps turning it into a pre-tied obi would be a good first project. I haven’t decided yet, but I’ll be sure to write about it.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I suspect I won’t be able to post as frequently as I’d like for the next few months. I just want you to know that I haven’t forgotten about you or this blog, but I’m going to be very busy with multiple projects. I’m hoping to get at least a few posts up before April, but expect many, many, many posts in the spring. I pride myself in researching each blog post before it goes up and I do prefer quality over quantity, so expect some high quality, but widely spaced blog posts coming up in the next few months.
Thanks for reading everyone! I enjoy writing this blog and I hope that you enjoy reading it. Keep an eye out on my facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram for announcements of new posts!