Wednesday, May 30, 2012

1st Meet-up, Kimono Show

The Seattle/Tacoma Kimono Club is planning our first meet-up at the upcoming kimono show, The Tradition and Culture of Kimono.

Details Here

Our Facebook event listing can be found here.

Kimono master, Yu Ugawa will be demonstrating kimono and yukata dressing and preparation, and sharing the history and culture of kimono.

Registration is required. $20, $10 for students. Please register as soon as you can as tickets are expected to sell out. You can purchase your tickets here.

Wearing kimono to the show is NOT required, however, you may wear kimono or yukata if you wish to do so. This is a great opportunity to learn more about kimono from a master.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Chado, Tea Ceremony

If you've ever been to the Seattle Japanese Gardens, you may have seen the lovely tea house. I've been to the Seattle Japanese Gardens once, in 2010 on the same day as Aki Matsuri. The garden is beautiful, and the giant koi fish are amazing. There just happened to be a private memorial tea ceremony at the tea house in the gardens, however we could watch from fence. The seat of honor was taken by a framed picture of a man. It was touching to see, but I have to admit that I know nothing about tea ceremony.

Recently, the Seattle Japanese Garden's Community Blog shared an interview Naomi Takemura, the chief administrator of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association, one of the two chado schools that do tea ceremony at the garden.

(Naomi Takemura. photo source)

You can read the interview with Naomi Takemura on the SJG's Community Blog. Tea ceremony is a fascinating part of Japanese culture. As I mentioned before, I personally don't know anything about tea ceremony, but I do find it appealing. Not just because of the association with kimono, but also because of its calming, meditative nature. Sometimes in the midst of an especially stressful day, I find myself wanting to disconnect and reflect in a serene environment.

Tea ceremony demonstrations are often presented at the many Japanese Culture events around Seattle, however it is different from experiencing tea ceremony in the Japanese gardens. If you would like to experience tea ceremony at the Seattle Japanese Gardens, I have listed the demonstration dates below. If you would like to see about getting a group together with the Seattle/Tacoma Kimono Club, let us know, either by commenting on this blog or on our Facebook group.

(Shoseian Tea House @ Seattle Japanese Garden. photo source)

Chado Presentations, by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai
These are 40 minute presentations in the Shoseian tea house, seated on tatami mats. Wearing kimono is not required, but they ask that you do not wear jeans, rings, fragrances, and you must wear socks. Reservations are required. Please call 206-684-4725 for reservations, or contact the kimono club either on this blog post or on Facebook if you would like to try and set up a club meet-up. The presentation dates link to the Kimono Club's Facebook event pages.
There are two presentations each day, at 1 and 2 pm.

Chado Demonstrations, by Urasenke Foundation Seattle
These demonstrations require no reservation, and is viewed from the patio at no charge. You can purchase a $5 ticket at the garden's gate if you would like to taste a bowl of tea and sweets. There is a limit of 20 tickets per demonstration.

There are two demonstrations each day, at 1 and 2pm.
June 16th, Saturday
July 21st, Saturday
August 18th, Saturday
September 15th, Saturday
October 20th, Saturday

(Ryokusuian Teahouse @ Seattle Art Museum. photo source)

Chado Demonstrations at the Seattle Asian Art Museum,
These demonstrations take place at the tea house of the third floor of SAM Downtown. The demonstration is free with museum admittance, seating is limited. You can register online, or you can contact the kimono club if you would like to try and set up a group meet-up.
June 21st, Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, by Bonnie Mitchell of East-West Chanoyu Center
    registration link
July 15th, Sunday, 2:30-3:30pm, by Naomi Takemura of Chado Urasenke Tankokai
    registration link
July 19th, Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, by Bonnie Mitchell of East-West Chanoyu Center
    registration link
September 16th, Sunday, 2:30-3:30pm, by Nobuko Iwamura of Chado Urasenke Tankokai
    registration link
September 20th, Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, by Bonnie Mitchell of East-West Chanoyu Center
    registration link

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Welcome to the Seattle/Tacoma Kimono Club! This is an informal club for anyone with an interest in kimono. We hope to schedule many events and meet-ups in which to go out and enjoy wearing kimono together.

You may visit or join our Facebook group here:

Rules and notes:

I don't have many rules, really, except - Please be respectful. People come from various backgrounds, and have different kimono styles, preferences, and kitsuke skill levels.

Please no spam, trolling, insults, or lying.

Age - No age limit, just please make sure you have your parent's permission, and bring your parents with you if the event requires parental supervision.

Cosplay - Cosplay is certainly welcome here! I feel that anime and cosplay are an important aspect of drawing interest to the world of kimono and wafuku, and attributes to growing interest in kimono. My only request regarding cosplay is please dress for the occasion! If we are planning a meet-up at, say, a koto recital or fancy garden party, it may not be the best venue to wear a Rurouni Kenshin cosplay. Sakura-con, Cherry Blossom Festival, Aki Matsuri, and other culture festivals are great events if you prefer to wear wafuku-related cosplay!

*Wearing kimono to an event or meet-up is NOT required! Just suggested, and really fun! ^.^
If you attend a club event or meet-up and do not wish to have your picture taken or published on the club's blog or Facebook page, please let the administrator (Amanda) know.

If you do not know how to wear kimono, or would like to learn or practice, or if you do not own any kimono yet and are looking for where to buy - please ask. I would like the Seattle/Tacoma Kimono Club to be a local resource anyone who would like to learn or improve their kimono dressing skills. If the club administrator or any of the other club members are willing and available, we can certainly try and answer any questions or try to set up a kimono dressing practice session. Just keep in mind that we wear kimono as a hobby and are NOT professional kimono dressing instructors.

Contribution - If you have a personal blog or other website and would like them added to the links list, let me know! Also, feel free to suggest any events, meet-ups, or anything else you'd like! Feel free to tell others about the kimono club. Let me know if you would like any business cards or promotional material.

That is about it! Let's have fun!