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Kitsuke Sensei

For some reason, I announced this on my facebook page, but I forgot to mention it here.  How I managed that, I’ll never know.  So here it is.  Drum roll please!  Last month I received my license as a kitsuke sensei from the Nishi Nihon Wasoukai, a small school based in Kobe.  In order to pass the exam, I had to dress in kimono and obi in under five minutes (I finished with seven seconds to spare) and complete a written exam.  I had a lot of help in preparing for my exam and I want to send a warm and heartfelt thanks to all that helped me (you know who you are).  I’m looking forward to the challenges that are to come with this new title!

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GirlGamerGaB

I have a good friend named GirlGamerGaB.  She’s a big fan of Japanese horror games and does Let’s Plays of them on her youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/GirlGamerGaB/ She specializes in playing horror games in Japanese (some that have yet to be released in English!) and translating them as she goes.  She recently got some visitors from home and they all wanted to be dressed up in kimono.  Of course, I was happy to help!

Displaying the kimono for the girls to choose from.

Displaying the kimono for the girls to choose from.

Choosing obijime and obiage.

Choosing obijime and obiage.

GirlGamerGaB in a kurotomesode.

GirlGamerGaB in a kurotomesode.

Having some fun with an antique wagasa.

Having some fun with an antique wagasa.

This is a three-crested irotomesode.

This is a three-crested irotomesode.

Checking out the musubi in the back.

Checking out the musubi in the back.

The only furisode of the day.  I love this colour!

The only furisode of the day. I love this colour!

I had to do a quick review of the fukurasuzume musubi the night before!

I had to do a quick review of the fukurasuzume musubi the night before!

All three girls enjoying their kimono experience!

All three girls enjoying their kimono experience!

We all had a great time choosing kimono and obi and getting dressed.  I only wish that they weather had cooperated a bit more.  It was raining all morning, but as soon as they had to get undressed and I had to go to work, the sun came out.  Typical.

Don’t sweat the small stuff!  But if you’re interested, check out my facebook, twitter, and instagram for the small, spur of the moment ideas, articles, and activities that I find and do related to kimono!

http://www.facebook.com/readysetkimono
http://www.twitter.com/Readysetkimono

http://www.instagram.com/readysetkimono

Renshuu Diary: February 2, 2015

Hello everyone! As I mentioned in my last post, I’m currently practicing (renshuu) for my kimono and kitsuke license.  I’ve been sick all week so today was the first time I could really practice for a long time.  My goal is to dress in a kurotomesode and obi in five minutes.  I’m not there yet, but here is what I accomplished today.  None of these are perfect, and one is downright embarrassing, but I’m slowly learning.

For each attempt, I dressed without a mirror.  The first time I saw what the result was when my wonderful husband took the photos.

First Attempt: 9:42

first attemptThe only thing I really like about this attempt is the hemline, and the fact that the hiyoku (the white, false layer) is wide enough to show.  My obi is crooked everywhere, my obiage is messy, and you can even see my waistbelt under the ohashori at the back.

 

Second Attempt: 8:53

second attemptMy ohashori is neater in this attempt, but my obi is still lopsided, and now the hiyoku is hidden as well.

 

Third Attempt: 8:31

third attemptWell, my obi is looking nicer in the front, but I’d still like it to be flatter at the top of the otaiko.  The hiyoku is still hiding on me, but at least this time I remembered the ougi (small fan)!

 

Fourth Attempt: 8:47

fourth attemptI’m really happy with the way my collars and obi in the front turned out in this attempt, but what the heck happened to my 0tesaki??  I swore I had one when I tied the otaiko! I blame it on the slipping padding I had.  After this attempt, I had to undress entirely, adjust the padding, then get redressed again.

 

Fifth Attempt: 8:32

fifth attemptThis one is just downright embarrassing.  I was tired at this point, I was feeling sick again, my concentration was shot, and it shows.  Everything is just messy and ugly.  Collars, obi, ohashori, everything.  But at least my obiage looks decent.

 

For each attempt, I started by wearing my juban with everything spread out in front of me within easy reach.

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004My datejime, waistbelt, korin belt, clip, and obi ita are placed on the left so I can grab them easily.

005My kimono is folded in the kosodedatami folding style to make it easy to put on.

006My obi is folded and ready to go with all the accessories I need sitting on top.

I hope you found this post informative.  Hopefully I can break the eight minute mark by the end of the week!