One exam down, another to go... I don't really know how today's paper went. It felt easier than the coursework, but then again it was an MCQ paper (with negative marking!) so I might be a little too confident...
ANYWAY! Over the past week, I've only worn kimono twice. I feel proud because I haven't spent all my days wearing kimono even though I really really really want to.
Here is the first outfit I wore!
I was absolutely dying to wear yukata because I hadn't had much of a chance to wear them in Malaysia. Plus, I'd just received my ro obiage and obijime sets, so I wanted to try them out.The yukata is one of those which I got in my lot of 5 new yukata. I'll admit that when I first saw it, it didn't really strike my fancy, but once I took it out and put it on, I was absolutely smitten! I mean, such a gay shade of blue, and stripes!! And it's blue, white and pink too. Gorgeous.
The obi is a summer-weight all-white obi that I'd got on YJA for about USD20. It seems rather dingy and not as bright a shade of white as I'd expected or wanted, but it gets the job done XD
... Oh and I hadn't adjusted the collar properly in front, which is why it didn't stay back at the neck.
Next up is a furisode!! I was flipping through Komomo's book one evening when I had a sudden intense desire to look "that pretty! *points at book*" so I took out a furisode that I'd been dying to wear. The photos were taken on timer from a lower shelf looking upwards, so what little you can see of my face looks fat, and the collar doesn't really show properly. I assure you, though, that I'd adjusted it nicely and it was set almost scandalously low at the back!
I've posted this furisode here a few times already. I've finally gotten all the pieces I need together. Well, actually, I was just waiting for a juban that would fit it ehehe. I still need to find a suitable han-eri for this though.. The juban collar had a stain on it which I think is a make-up stain, but could well be a sweat stain (eww). Whatever it is, it doesn't really show when I put it on, but I'd feel better if I had a coloured collar. Besides, white against cream doesn't really look all that nice!
The kitsuke for the furisode is a little messy. Well, it might have been because it was my first time putting on the whole kit-and-kaboodle with a furisode. I've only worn a proper furisode once, and it was only practice without an obi. This was only my second time dressing in a furisode, and also my second time using a biyo-sugata to tie a fukura-suzume.
Of course, I was actually stupid enough that I put on the furisode first, then attempted to tie the obi onto the biyo-sugata. I struggled and struggled with the obi until I finally managed a bow. By then, my furisode was all messed up :( And I still wasn't satisfied with my fukura-suzume either! It might look alright, albeit rather lop-sided in these pictures, but from the side, you could still see all the gadget-y bits.
I think part of the problem might have been that I was unused to the obi - it was really thin! The first time I used the biyo-sugata, the obi was rather thick and stiff, so I had some problems, but at least the obi hid all the "unsavoury" parts from view!
The next time I wear a furisode, I must remember to:
1) Practice with my biyo-sugata. Maybe try a different bow that isn't fukura-suzume!
2) Practice fancy obiage styles.
3) Practice fancy obijime styles :P
4) Remember to sew on a han-eri and a date-eri.
That's all for now folks! Next post, I'll talk about our new cat! *squeals* (okay, okay, not our cat, per se, but rather the cute cat that visits us. I've got pictures too!)
P/S: What do you think of the colour coordination? I originally wanted a yellow obiage and white-and-gold obijime to go with the furisode, but the green set was right in front of me that day, and I thought "why not?" although it is a little unusual compared to what I originally set aside for it. Opinions?