The Twelve Days of Kitsuke (5): otaiko musubi

On the fifth day of kitsuke my musubi will be, otaiko!

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The Twelve Days of Kitsuke: Preparation and Folding

Merry Christmas everyone!  Yes, it’s early, but this year I have a very, very large present to give you all.  So big that it requires twelve days of giving.  Here it is.  The project I’ve been working on for months (if you saw me refer to video editing in my kimono diaries, this is what I was referring to!) The Twelve Days of Kitsuke!

This series will show you how to tie a wide variety of musubi using a wide variety of obi.  Now, the actual musubi tutorials will start appearing in December, and we’re still a few days away from that.  This is like a stocking stuffer.  In this video, I’ll show you how to fold and prepare your obi and accessories in preparation for getting dressed.  That way, you can be ready when to tie your obi in December.

I hope you enjoy the series, and enjoy the run up to the holiday season, regardless of what you are celebrating this year.

Kimono Diary: November 17th-23rd

Things were up and down this week for me. Fortunately, the ups outnumbered the downs. But only by one. So here’s what happened.

First, I finished it! Just a few hours ago too! The project I’ve been working on since September! I have a Christmas present for all of you. Starting later this week, on my YouTube channel (here) you can find (drum-roll please) The Twelve Days of Kitsuke! During the month of December, I will be posting videos (about every other day) with instructions for tying twelve different obi musubi. I hope you enjoy the videos. It’s the least I can do for everyone who has read my blog, contacted me, liked my Facebook page, and generally let me know that what I am doing is appreciated. So thank you so much everyone, I hope you enjoy the videos.

The second good thing that happened is that I finally got back into teaching after a month’s hiatus. It was really great seeing my regular students again. We moved on from hanhaba obi to Nagoya obi this week, and we’ll continue again next week.

Now for the bad news. I had a wasai lesson scheduled for Sunday. Again, my first in a month. But things weren’t going my way on Sunday. I woke up with a massive migraine. I had to cancel and I spent all day like a vampire; in the dark. I finally started feeling better around five at night. I survived on saltine crackers and green tea that day. Needless to say, I didn’t get much done that day.

Hope you all have a good week!