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Travelling Kimono Round 2

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Hi everyone!

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately.  Life has just been so busy and active and I’ve had a large number of non-kimono projects I’ve been working on (if you are interested, you can check out my Naomi Hormozi Designs page on Facebook for a glimpse of some of them).  However, the Travelling Kimono arrived and it was time to bust out all my kimono gear again!

If you’re not familiar [...]

2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – Sunday Morning

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A few weeks ago we went to Fillmore Street in San Francisco to have brunch with Arian’s friend. Afterwards, we walked around window shopping when we unexpectedly stumbled across a tiny Japanese antique store. I could see through the doorway a rack of kimono along the back door and of course, immediately became excited! Ever since Genji Antiques closed, while there are a few places around, (including my favourite, Shiraku in Japan Town), I have [...]

2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – Saturday Evening

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Saturday evening, Arian and I had an extremely rare “date night”! With both our families either in other states or in my case, Australia, we don’t very often have toddler free time. Arian’s good friend, Katie, came by the hotel room to spend the evening with Lily so we could go out to enjoy the evening and to have dinner.

I had undressed from my morning ensemble for Lily’s nap time, so for the evening, [...]

2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – Saturday Morning

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It was Cherry Blossom Festival time again in Japan Town, San Francisco. Unlike last year where the trees were in full bloom, this year they had only just started blooming. The weather has been extremely erratic around here swinging from being unseasonally warm and wet, back to bitterly Winter cold. My guess is it delayed blooming. However, despite the late bloom – there were still enough sakura to get everyone excited!

As with last year, [...]

Kimono Challenge #4 – Your least used kimono item(s).

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The kimono challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono? 2. Your dearest kimono item(s). 3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.). 4. Your least used kimono item(s). 5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far. 6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono. 7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that… 8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get [...]

20th Kimono Day – San Francisco Japantown

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The 20th Kimono Day  was held on the 11th of March, the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami that rocked Japan, taking so many lives, destroying towns and leaving many more people left with nothing trying to rebuild their lives.  I remember all too clearly being glued in front of the television watching in utter shock, worried about all my friends in Japan, and crying at the loss.  Many of us rallied around to help [...]

Kitsuke of Yesteryear #3

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This is a lovely mother and daughter photograph I have in my collection. While I was drawn to it for a number of reasons, the fact all three of them were wearing plaid kimono really captivated my attention.

In the West, we might call this particular pattern (or variations of it) plaid, tartan, tattersall or madras. It may also fall within some variation of gingham. In Japan however, it is called kōshi (格子), which [...]

Hinamatsuri 雛祭り 2012

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Yesterday (3rd of March), girls all over Japan celebrated Hinamatsuri, alternatively known as Girl’s Day. We don’t have a Hinamatsuri display yet, but I thought it would be fun to dress Lily and myself in kimono to celebrate!

Being “Girl’s Day” and early Spring, I thought rather than my usual bold combinations, soft, pastel colours would be whimsical and feminine, and also the most appropriate. For my ensemble, I chose my salmon pink bamboo houmongi, [...]

Kimono Challenge #3 – Your most used kimono item(s) not counting jubans, datejimes etc).

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The kimono challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono? 2. Your dearest kimono item(s). 3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.). 4. Your least used kimono item(s). 5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far. 6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono. 7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that… 8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get [...]