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This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.767

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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,

Hello! This is Nagisa writing. How have you been? By the way, do you like traveling? One hot summer day, I was looking Instagram, and got to know a former NFL player, Arian Foster had been in Japan. He was a member of my favorite team, Houston Texans! 'OMG! Arian Foster is in Japan, and headed to Nagoya!' I posted it immediately on twitter. 'Ohhhhh my goodness! seriouslyyyyy?' Then, I received a reply from my twitter's follower who is a huge Texans fan lives in Nagoya. He had no sooner known about that than he dressed up in the Texans T-shirt and headed to Nagoya station. I watched over him on twitter, and marked the player's movement on Instagram. I got very excited even though I had no opportunity to meet that player directly. He maybe shouldered Japanese Texans fan's passion on himself. However, the player was gone just before the follower arrived at the station. Oh, sigh... After that, I had a chance to go to Nagoya last month due to my private matters, so I went to see the same view which I saw on his Instagram story. It was just a pharmacy, though.

By the way, I love traveling, too! This year, I went to many places such as Yokohama, Okinawa, and Saku Island other than Nagoya which I haven't been there before. Autumn is good season for traveling, isn't it? The other day, I went to Asuka village with my friend. Asuka-mura is a small village surrounded mountains where is located in the middle area of Nara prefecture. It was once a capital of Japan about 100 years around 6th century. It says that Japanese history has started from here, and the place name is always appeared on textbook. This village has an old history, and there are a lot of historical remains. However, we both are not interested about history. Shotoku-Taishi, Sogano-Iruka, Horyu-Ji... Oh, they gives me a headache...!
 
We headed to the Ishibutai stone tomb by bus. Our first destination was the scarecrow festival. Red spider lilies are in full bloom, and various scarecrows are lined in the rice fields... I saw the beautiful scenery on Instagram for certain. However, There were not so much spider lilies, and not any scarecrows. That's strange... but, it's OK! We had one more destination where I found it on Instagram. So, we took the bus again, and headed to Okadera station to go to Okadera temple. A fantastic illumination event should have held there, but there was no one else but us at the station. That's really strange... Also, we found a tragic guide. It was said that 'It takes about 1 hour by foot from here to Okadera temple. There is no bus and taxi service.' 1 hour by foot? No way! ...but it was also said that 'about 2.9 km'. We discussed and decided. 'Let's go to the temple!' We headed to the temple by foot in desperation, and we just thought that it must take us about 30 minutes. We walked and walked as much as possible in the dark night for very, very, beautiful lights... However, Okadera temple did not show up in front of us finally. It should be a phantom temple, maybe, I had not enough belief in the temple, I think so. Anyway, I need to make a preliminary, check a map, and believe a guidance!
 
< Scarecrow Design Nagoya Obi >
 
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Speaking of Instagram, did you notice the new function of Ichiroya's Instagram account? If you find a favorite item, please tap the item. You can buy it directly from Instagram! Let's try it! 
 

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Thank you for reading till the end. That said, I enjoyed the day trip, because there were some other beautiful sceneries which were not posted on Instagram. I was purely moved the beauty of great nature. I wanted to post some photos on Instagram, but there were no Instagenic photos in my photo folder. I need to improve photo skills, too!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.766

 

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Konnichiwa, Ichiroya News Letter readers!
How are you doing? This time Mitsue is writing.
The season has completely turned to autumn, and the weather is comfortable in Osaka. Autumn is good season to enjoy art, music, reading and eating. Though I enjoy them all around a year,  I often visit museums in autumn. Also enjoying Chinese tea is one of my favorite, a different way of serving from Japanese one. May be I will talk about this issue some day, but this time let me show you wonderful art crafts.
The other day I visited an exhibition of Shanghai Jushu embroidery works in Osaka. 'Jushu' literally means carpet embroidery. I was so surprised at them, because they looked like paintings! They are called "Oil painting of the East" which is registered in Chinese nation grade Intangible Cultural Heritage. Shanghai developed rapidly after the Opium War in 1984 as a center of transportation of coastal area. So Western culture entered to China and many artists gathered in Shanghai. As a result, new cultural art of fusion of Western and Eastern was born. Tapestry has been a representative art craft of East-West trade. Now high quality embroidery art crafts are made in Shanghai including Jushu embroidery works. 100% wool threads are used according to the process like this.
1. Rough sketch is drown to the net fabric of Asa.
2. Wool threads are dyed by hand and dried.
3. Lining is attached to the net fabric and stretched tightly.
4. Stitch with various techniques.
The shade of threads is adjusted by its dipping time on high temperature and proportion of water. Photos are allowed to be taken, so I introduce some pieces which are impressive symbolizing of China.

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There are also works which reproduce the paintings of such as Gogh, Vermeer and Klimt. They are exactly like the real ones though I have never seen yet...(-_-;)
Though Ichiroya has no items of Jushu embroidery work, I introduce Soshu embroidery works. It is one of the three major Chinese embroidery technique with Sagara and Swatow. Soshu embroidery works use 100% silk threads to express gracefulness and elegance.
Fukuro obi

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Thank you for reading! Please enjoy this weekend.

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.765

 

Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,


Hello, How are you doing?

Megumi is writing.

 


Higan (Equinoctial weeks) is passed.

Higan is the special days of praying to our ancestors.

When the equinox comes, we say good-bye to the heat or cold.

So, kimono season is coming!


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Recently, I bought sandalwood fans.

It is my favorite because it smells very fragrant when I fan it.


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The other day, I went to Kameoka in Kyoto to see Higan-bana(cluster‐amaryllis).

The flowers were not still in full bloom on the day.

Higan-bana is poisonous, and has ominous aliases such as ‘shibito(dead person)-bana’ ‘Jigoku(hell)-bana’ ,etc.

Therefore, some people do not like it.

However, there is another name, ‘Manjushage’ that means flower of heaven in Sanskrit.

And I love this cute and red color flower.

I studied Sanskrit for half a year in my university.

But it was too difficult for me…

I respect the Buddhist students who have to learn Sanskrit.


(gazou6, 7,8,9 平等院と源氏物語)

Then I took a walk around Uji in Kyoto.

Those pictures are Byōdō-in temple and the Tale of Genji museum.

Uji is the place where the scene of Uji jujo (The Ten Quires of Uji) at the end of the Tale of the Genji.

The main character of this story is Kaoru, son of Hikaru-Genji.

Movies of the sad love story of heroin Ukifune are screened.

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Incidentally, Maiko came to greet us when we went for dinner.

She was so cute…


I would like to recommend autumn design and princess design this time.


Autumn flowers design

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https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/401251/


Princess design

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/427556/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/420978/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/407245/

Thank you for reading this to the end.

See you next time.

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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,


Hello, How are you doing?

Megumi is writing.

 


Higan (Equinoctial weeks) is passed.

Higan is the special days of praying to our ancestors.

When the equinox comes, we say good-bye to the heat or cold.

So, kimono season is coming!

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Recently, I bought sandalwood fans.

It is my favorite because it smells very fragrant when I fan it.

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The other day, I went to Kameoka in Kyoto to see Higan-bana(cluster‐amaryllis).

The flowers were not yet in full bloom on the day.

Higan-bana is poisonous, and has ominous aliases such as ‘shibito(dead person)-bana’ ‘Jigoku(hell)-bana’ ,etc.

Therefore, some people do not like it.

However, there is another name, ‘Manjushage’ that means flower of heaven in Sanskrit.

And I love this cute and red color flower.

I studied Sanskrit for half a year in my university.

But it was too difficult for me…

I respect the Buddhist students who have to learn Sanskrit.

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Then I took a walk around Uji in Kyoto.

Those pictures are Byōdō-in temple and the Tale of Genji museum.

Uji is the place where the scene of Uji jujo (The Ten Quires of Uji) at the end of the Tale of the Genji.

The main character of this story is Kaoru, son of Hikaru-Genji.

Movies of the sad love story of heroin Ukifune are screened.

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Incidentally, Maiko came to greet us when we went for dinner.

She was so cute…


I would like to recommend autumn design and princess design this time.


Autumn flowers design

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/430002/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/361041/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/401251/


Princess design

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/427556/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/420978/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/407245/

Thank you for reading this to the end.

See you next time.

 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.764

 

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Dear Newsletter readers.
Hi, this is Azusa writing. How are you?

Autumn has at last arrived here and we have a fine crop of rice in Japan. I like autumn best of all the seasons because it's comfortable and we have a lot of tasty food.

In Osaka, we have autumn festivals for the celebration of a good harvest. There are a lot of festivals in Japan, and the autumn festival is well-known in Osaka. People are marching through the city towing a festival float. They are very enthusiastic, and they even practice singing songs for many weeks for the festival, which is held only once a week.
But in the elementary school I went, the situation was a little different.

It was like the autumn festival was held in my class all year round. A lot of students were singing the festival songs and beating a desk like it is a drum all the time, during the recesses, lunchtime and even in the class hours. The lyrics of the songs are to express gratitude for rices. When they were in the music room, they would play the songs on the piano with an index finger, and sing the songs. The students and teachers love the festival very much, and were thankful to rices, I assume.
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It would be great to visit Japan in autumn! Would you like to eat good rice or see the autumn festivals in kimono? 

 

 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.763

 
 
 
Konnichiwa, Ichiroya News Letter readers!
How are you doing?
This time Iori is writing.
 
The big typhoon has passed Japan on September 4th.
It hit this Kansai area and we had heavy storm here. A strong wind blew off my carport roof and the roof hit my car!! 
Oh my god... I need my car get reparied. 
Also a big earthquake occurred in Hokaido...
I hope the early restoration of the damaged areas...really.
 
After the typhoon went through, I feel like the autumn has come at last!
It's getting cooler and cooler in the morning and the evening.
I hear the songs of autumn insects when I'm in bed.
It is really comfortable. I like it;)
 
In autumn, foods are great in Japan. New rice, chesnuts, sweet potatoes, Matsutake mashrooms... I strongly recommned you to come and visit to Japan in Autumn. Not only seeing the red leaves at temples but also having delicious food!
 
We have an event of 'Jyugoya' in September. We also call it 'Otsukimi'.
'Otsukimi' means “viewing the moon”. It is a seasonal festival to enjoy the moon on the night of August 15th, on the old Chinese calendar.
It will be the 24th night this year. In Japan, people decorate with silver grasses and offer rice dumplings to the moon.  It is said that silver grass can house a Shinto God, and acts as a charm against evil. People offer the rice dumplings in appreciation for the harvest of grains. During this Tsukimi season in Japan, McDonald’s sells “Tsukimi burgers” which have sunny-side up eggs in them.  yummy!
 
Anyway, do you know it is said that there are rabbits on the moon? This is because the shape of the lunar crater looks like a rabbit pounding rice cake with a mortar and pestle. In Arabia, it is said that there are lions on the moon. What do you see in the moon in your country?
I will make rice balls and see the moon rabbits on the 'Jyugoya' night.
 

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Today, I will introduce kimono and obi for Autumn.
 
 
I also recommned these lovely accesorries.

www.ichiroya.com   This is sold out but will be available again soon, so please contact us if you are interested in this obidome buckle.


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Thank you for reading!
Please have a nice weekend.
 
 
 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.762

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Hello, this is Mari. 
Kids went back to school! YES! 
Generally speaking, Summer kimono and Yukata season is over. 
However, I don't feel like wearing hitoe kimono yet, because IT IS HOT!
I hope it will cool down soon.
 
Have you heard about "Team Lab"?
They are a creative team which provides digital contents such as 
WEB site, smart phone apps, interior design, architecture, TVCM, 
stage performance and so on. I have heard about them and their 
interesting art exhibitions for years. Finally, I had a chance to 
experience it in Osaka.
 
 
I went there with my family as the last event of our kids' summer break.
The exhibition was GREAT! We had so much fun!
For us, the highlight of the exhibition was "Graffiti Nature". Our sons 
drew and colored animals, and scaned them. 5 seconds later, the bird and 
alligator which they draw were flying on the wall and crawling 
on the floor! It was amazing! Kids were so excited and chasing them around.
The top image is the bird which our second son colored. 
 
The room was too dark to take pictures. So, I couldn't take a picture of 
their animals on the wall. Please take a look at the movie below. 
You will get the idea what is "Graffiti Nature". It's really amazing!
 
 

Their exhibitions are available all over the world.
There may be one in your town! Check it out!
https://www.teamlab.art/e/?type=pickup
 

We have colorful, impressive and gorgeous stage costumes which 
are very creative like the exhibition!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.761

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Dear newsletter readers,
 
Konnichiwa!  Ogenki desuka?  Yoko desu!
Hope everyone is enjoying the last weekend of August. 
By Chinese lunar calender, we are supposed to be in Autumn now, but it is still super hot during the day in Japan and I still cannot live without my summer shorts and sleeveless shirts!   Atsui desu!
But faintly, it is funny, but I am starting to smell the Autumn in the air, and gradually,  I can tell by the colors in the sky and sunset in the afternoon, it is shifting to Autumn.  Dragonflies are making circles over the rice patties, and Tsuku-Tsuku-Boshi are crying out to remind us that Autumn is coming.
The above photo is taken yesterday on my way home from work,  I love driving in this beautiful sunset which is about to change to Autumn sunset.  Though we had record breaking duration of sizzling hot summer days this year,  we are definitely starting to listen weak steps of Autumn along the way.  Omachi shite ma-su.
 
During my long summer Obon holidays, I took a short trip to Nagoya with my kids and parents. What is in Nagoya? 
Well, there is a town in Nagoya I have been wanting to visit.  The town is called Arimatsu, yes, the city that originated THE Armatsu Shibori(tie-dye).  From my short research on internet, the area seemed rather cozy and quiet at this time of year, but I thought it would be a very nice place for a quick vacation with my kids and parents.  Oh! by the way, we enjoyed nice Onsen and meals (Matsuzaka gyu-) on the way, of course!  hehehe
 

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Arimatsu town was originated in 1608 in Tokaido by eight migrants from other parts in Aichi perfecture and became very famous for their Shibori dyeing techniques and products.  The place is also known by #41 of 'Stations Of The Tokaido' by Hiroshige Ando, Ukiyoe artist.   Please check!  So! about 400 years ago, people in Arimatsu started tie-dyeing with vegetables dyes, especially indigo, on cotton and other fabrics.  They developed more than a hundred ways of making incredible patterns on a cloth by Shibori!   Travelers passing though the Tokaido back then would buy Yukata or Tenugui, hand towels, to mop up sweat, and in this way, Airmatsu-shibori became quite popular throughout Japan. 
If you are interested, they have Arimatsu shibori festival held on the first weekend of June!  I probably go back for the festival next year!!
 
Here are some fabrics with shibori(tie-dye) technique!!
 
 
 
 
Wishing you a lovely weekend everyone!
 
Here is a photo of Marin with my parents's Shiba. You can see Marin is not wanting to make an eye contact!! hahaha
 

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