Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kimono Fashion Show Videos

In June, the STKC attended a kimono fashion show at the Nagomi Tea House in Seattle. The Nagomi Tea House has shared videos of the fashion show on their tumblr page! If you were unable to attend, or want to rewatch the show, here are the Youtube videos below. You can also see the photos we took and read about our experience on this blog post.

Part 1, men's kimono, tsumugi (worn modern style):

Part 2, men's hakama, furisode (with obi change)

Part 3, furisode (modern style), furisode, men's denim kimono, tsumugi, komon, tsukesage

Part 4, Komon worn modern style, ro tsukesage, iromuji, houmongi

Unfortunately, there isn't a 5th part to show the furisode ensembles.

Upcoming: Yukata Class and Aki Matsuri

Amanda dancing at White River Bon Odori

Bon Odori was a blast. The STKC wasn't able to meet-up, but I look forward to future festivals and possible meet-ups! You can see my photos from the White River Bon Odori at my personal blog, here, as well as a photo slideshow at the bottom of this news article by the Auburn Reporter, here. The Bon Odori dance lesson's paid off and I had a great time dancing at the festival!

Summer is drawing to a close, as is matsuri festival season. There is one more big festival coming up: Aki Matsuri.

Saturday, September 8 (10am - 6pm) 
Sunday, September 9 (10am - 4:30pm)

Bellevue College, Main Campus
3000 Landerholm Circle Southeast 
Bellevue, WA 98007

Admission and parking are free, but some workshops may require registration. See ENMA's website for a full listing of this year's highlights and schedule. Some things to look forward to: tea ceremony, musical performances (koto, shamisen, taiko, traditional, J-Pop), dance, artisans of various traditional crafts, Japanese flea market, and Mikoshi shrine parade.

Also, the Nagomi Tea House has announced their first kimono dressing class. Yukata dressing, a two hour class is the first of a 4 part series of kimono dressing classes that will be held until November.

Yukata Kitsuke Class

Saturday, September 15 (11am - 1pm)

Nagomi Tea House (in the old Uwajimaya building)
519 6th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104

$25, registration required. Call 206-623-0100 or email Registration by check or credit card only.

Bring what yukata dressing supplies you can (listed below), or you can rent a yukata/obi/koshihimo set for $10, or purchase needed items at the class. Also, bring leggings and a tank top to wear underneath.

Required items:
Hanhaba obi
Koshihimo (2-3)

Also bring:
2 face towels (for padding)
Korin belt (or other kimono belts if you have them)
Hadagi (kimono underwear, such as susoyoke, suteteko, hadajuban, or a yukata/kimono slip)