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Sara@JKI
08-04-2012, 08:44 PM
Hello :) I'm trying to wear kimono as much as possible at JKI (and Jon wears samue). Here's some kimono photos I have... I have a lot of kimono at home, and most of them are not in this thread.. From next time I wear kimono, I will make sure to upload photos here.

FYI: I started learning how to wear kimono like a year ago (from my Mom who lives in Japan)... so please forgive me for any mistakes I make...

With my artistic parents.
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/4175/img1797kp.jpg

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/4996/img864148.jpg

I bought this hurisode (kimono with extremely long sleeves) for my coming of the age.

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/3725/dsc0465f.jpg

Date night in kimono :)
http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5103/dsc0100gr.jpg

http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/1695/dsc0099rx.jpg

Quick breakfast in kimono...
http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/9646/img0993xm.jpg

Being two massive dorks in kimono (hakama for Jon)
http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/5065/20070926200790145.jpg

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/3084/20070926200790143.jpg

Working in kimono
http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/9919/img3211q.jpg

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/5002/img3207jj.jpg

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/4049/img3209r.jpg

Eamon Burke
08-04-2012, 09:07 PM
These Kimonos are beautiful, but I have to say, your father looks awesome in that second picture. I hope I get a few pictures like that of me before I die.

Lucretia
08-04-2012, 10:03 PM
Those are beautiful, Sara!

Jim
08-04-2012, 10:10 PM
You look lovely Sara. Please do post more photos of your kimonos.

ecchef
08-04-2012, 10:11 PM
Jinbei. Best summer clothing ever. Just hard to find my size.

ThEoRy
08-05-2012, 12:12 AM
The kimono do look great. I must say however, your dad's hair looks fantastic in pic 2!!!

Sara@JKI
08-05-2012, 02:00 AM
Thanks :doublethumbsup: There's something so awarding to be able to wear them.... I will keep posting new photos here :)

And yes, my Dad is awesome! I miss him so much...

99Limited
08-05-2012, 09:00 AM
Wow Sara, all I can say is, you look stunning!!!!! I really like the two kimonos, one with the orange in it and the other one with the purple.

Sara@JKI
08-05-2012, 08:32 PM
I really enjoy putting kimono on :) ! I'm hoping to do a kimono day more often, but i often run out of time :( The purple one you liked is from Japanese so-called "Taisho Roman" (Taisho Romance) period. It's an antique, and was originally designed as a wedding gown. As an indication as an antique, the hem has a little volume to it.

Twistington
08-06-2012, 03:33 AM
So when are you going to liquer Jon up, dress him in kimono and make him wear the pink helmet of joy?(I demand pictures) :D


Great looking clothes anyway and that's a fantastic mustasche on your father. :)

Sara@JKI
08-06-2012, 06:13 PM
oh yes, pink helmet... i think i can give it a shot this week :) ! He will look so adorable with it...

And yes, my Dad has such a magnificent mustache.... i've never seen my Dad without a mustache.

knyfeknerd
08-06-2012, 06:54 PM
What percentage of Japanese wear kimono? Is it still a tradition that is passed down? I would hate to see such things "die out" over time.

Sara@JKI
08-06-2012, 08:03 PM
What percentage of Japanese wear kimono? Is it still a tradition that is passed down? I would hate to see such things "die out" over time.

I have no clue when it comes to the percentage.... but I can say that kimono is not at all worn on a daily basis at all anymore, excluding tea masters and very few really older females (maybe the age above 70? 80?) who grew up not wearing western clothing. Both of my parents are tea masters, and their masters, I remember, worn kimono everyday they were both females). Among parents' and my generation, it has become a rare ability to be able to put kimono by themselves as well... None of my friends are able to put on a kimono by themselves, or even with an assistance.

Yukata is a little easier and there are a lot of people who can do it by themselves - you see a lot of little kids, young adults, and adults going out in yukata for summer events such as firework festivals. When it comes to kimono, more often than not people hire professional stylist to put on kimono for very special occasions. Here's some examples when Japanese people wear kimono....

Usually little girls wear kimono and boys wear hakama to visit local shrines for their Shichigosan event (a gala day for children of three, five and seven years of age). Japanese local municipalities hold coming-of-the age event for young adults of 20. Then majority of females wear kimono (in particular furisode style with long sleeves), and some males wear hakama for the event. Also it's very common to wear hakama (specifically made for females) among females. Also, you have a better chance of finding females wearing kimono on the new year day since it's a big and very important day in Japanese culture.

Yes, I'm very strong advocate for kimono! It's a genius and beautiful design our ancestors came up with... They last very long time and can be recycled in such clever ways. Japanese kimono design was way ahead of time in terms its practicality and eco-friendliness, as well as the style... I love it!

One interesting fact - Kimono will look better on someone who is not that skinny. You need to have some roundness to your figure... When I had stylists put on kimono for me for my coming-of-the age event, I had 3 huge bath towels around my sholders, and 1 towel for my belly. It looked much better that way, and also kimono sits more comfortably that way....

Lucretia
08-06-2012, 08:28 PM
Can someone who is not Japanese wear kimono, or would it be considered disrespectful?

JBroida
08-06-2012, 08:44 PM
i wear one sometimes

Sara@JKI
08-06-2012, 08:49 PM
Can someone who is not Japanese wear kimono, or would it be considered disrespectful?

no way... you might "stand out" a little bit but all the exchange students I know usually tried kimono/yukata sometimes, and they all were encouraged and welcomed to do so. :Beersausage:

lowercasebill
08-06-2012, 08:56 PM
Can someone who is not Japanese wear kimono, or would it be considered disrespectful?

my japanese friends have offered to get me a yukata and geta sandals to wear to their summer party . they do want me to wear one .. so i guess it is ok

http://www.densaburouoku.com/Site/Fish_Series.html

http://www.kenekphotography.com/KeneK_Photography/Densaburou_Oku/Densaburou_Oku.html

Sara@JKI
08-07-2012, 11:53 AM
we welcome everyone for our awesome kimono culture :) !