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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.775

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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,
 
Hello! This is Nagisa writing. How have you been? Have you heard the news about EXPO 2025 yet? Osaka has been selected as the host of it! That's incredible! As you know, EXPO was once held in Osaka in 1970. 77 countries attended and displayed pavilions under the theme of 'Progress and Harmony for Mankind'. I hear that the number of visitors were over 64 million! I think that it's a good opportunity not only to spread Japanese culture, but also to learn cultures came from overseas. I wasn't born yet at that time, but I often hear that 'We waited in the line for many hours to see the moon stone.' I don't know how excited they were, so I'm looking forward to Osaka EXPO 2025!
 
Though EXPO 2025 will be hold in Yumeshima, where is reclaimed island in Osaka city, I often go to EXPO park in Suita city where EXPO '70 was once held. I went there again last week, and it was the 4th time for me this year. I have no idea how many times I go to there for the last 10 years... Anyway, I go to the stadium close by the park to watch football game, and usually go straight home. However, I dropped in the inside of the park last time to see the projection mapping show! Fantastic and exotic images were projected on the Tower of the Sun with spectacular music! It was so amazing! Up till the day, I passed through the artistic work without stopping, but I couldn't help buying a lapel pin and a magnet of Taro Okamoto's art works for myself filled with emotion. The inner area of the tower has been opened to the public from March this year, so I want to go there someday!
 

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When I see some warm lights such as projection mapping or illumination in downtown, I really feel Christmas is just around the corner. Then, I'd like to introduce you some Obis for this winter season from Kimonotte Brand Side Project! 
 
 
We also so have some other unique Obis. Please check this page! I'm happy if you find favorite one...
 
The other day, I met a fabulous album suitable for cold winter. It is 'wizard' by Vick Blanka. One day, I heard his song from radio while I was working. I took to him as soon as I heard his song! I watched music videos on You Tube, got his albums, and when I realized it, I was in a CD store where the new album 'wizard' release event was about to hold. He was singing songs and also playing piano by himself. Beautiful falsetto voice and melody of piano... I was really touched by his live performance! Some people say, his song like MIKA singing Queen's song. If you like Queen or MIKA, you must listen to Vick Blanka! I recommend 'Slave of Love' to begin with. At the end of the event, he kindly shook hands with me. I've been filling with happiness even now, so I'm worried that I might drain his energy from his hand by the handshake at that time...
 
Thank you for reading till the end. I'm having fun this winter while listening to favorite music and watching football games. KG Fighters advances to the final dramatically, and Houston Texans is winning 9 games straight. Hope you have a good winter, too!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.774

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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers

Hi, how are you doing? This is Mitsue writing.
It is already December, so just a month is left this year. Incredible! People begin to hustle and bustle at this time of a year. I'm going to clean my house and do 'Danshari'. 'Danshari' means reducing unnecessary things and bring harmony in life. 'Dan' literally means cutting off, 'sha' means throwing away and 'ri' means separating from the deep attachment to things which are not need. It might be hard to do, but I have to do now. Ganbarimasu!

Anyway, have you ever heard of 'Kiku'(chrysanthemum)dolls?
Kiku dolls are one of art crafts performing life-sized figures with 'Kiku'(chrysanthemum) and leaves. Usually the clothes are made of them, and the head, arms and feet are made of plastics and other materials. It is said the origin is from late Edo period(1603-1867) in Edo (present Tokyo). The themes are from the historical stories or popular dramas of that time.


Hirakata city, north-east of Osaka prefecture had been famous for Kiku doll exhibition until 2005. It had continued for 96 years, but closed its history due to the aging and the lack of of the craftsman successor. Now displays of the Kiku doll which civic volunteers made are exhibited at parks near the city hall or along the main street to Kyoto. Kiku dolls are deeply rooted to the citizen as a civic culture, so displays will continue from now on.

My uncle had lived in Hirakata city for long time, so he often took me to the Kiku doll exhibition every years when I was a child. However, Kiku dolls were so scared to me! I didn't want to go there, so my face looked depressed in old photos. In this October, I went to Hirakata city and saw a few displays at a park. I was not scared any more, on the contrary I was very interested in the scenes of the Kiku dolls. This year's theme is 'Sego-don', a NHK drama of Saigo Takamori, which is broadcasted on TV now. He is famous for closing the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji Restoration. If I were interested in history in my childhood, I would have enjoyed more. Oh, what a regretful!

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This photo shows Kirino Toshiaki (a member of the Satsuma feudal clan) and Saigo Takamori. They were very close friends.

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This photo shows Shimazu Kiku (consort of Nariakira), Shimazu Nariakira (11th feudal lord of the Satsuma feudal clan), Atsu-hime (adopted daughter of Nariakira and married to 13th Tokugawa shogunate later) and Saigo Kichinosuke (former name of Saigo Takamori).

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I also saw Halloween display with 'Kiku'(chrysanthemum). It was so charming!
Today, I introduce some items with 'Kiku'(chrysanthemum) design.

 

Kimonotte original from vintage kimono design:
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Thank you for reading, and have a nice day!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.773

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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,

Hello, How are you doing?

Megumi is writing.


December is coming soon, so it's gotten cold recently.

Every year, I am looking forward to going to see maple leaves.

But I have not gone yet this year.

Because the terrible cold has been lingering…

The top photo was taken by my photographer last year.

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Last month, I went to Gifu Prefecture.

Gifu prefecture is located just in the middle of Japan.

There is Hida Takayama that was the stage of the Japanese movie, ‘Kimino na ha (Your Name)’.

And there is Shirakawagou that was the stage of The Japanese animation, ‘Higurashi no naku koro ni (When They Cry) ’.

I am not a Otaku of animation.

I saw them because the original Kagura Mai(Japanese tradition dance) appeared in the two works.


Above pictures are from Shirakawa-go.

Shirakawa-go is a famous sightseeing spot and I do not think I need to explain it.

 

 

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At that time, it was not the autumn leaves season in Osaka.

But Shirakawa-go had autumn leaves a little.

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This is a picture of Shirakawa Hachiman shrine.

 

It is a model of Furude Shrine of ‘Higurashi no naku koroni’.

Its heroine, Rika is a shrine maiden.

And she danced original Kagura Mai.

However, it seems that they didn't hire a traditional Kagura Mai choreographer for this work.

(If they asked me, I would have choreographed with no charge...)


By the way, I heard the rumor that Kagura Mai of the movie, ‘Wakaokami ha shougakusei !’ being screened is fabulous.

But I have not checked it yet.

I may be an anime otaku ...

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At last, I took the same pictures as the movie, ‘Kimino na ha’.

 

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I wore Furisode Kimono for the first time of this season.

I think that used Furisode Kimono is suitable for going out.

I like Hakama and I often wear it.

Because I can wear Kimono in a shorter time than tying Fukuro obi.

The current girl’s Hakama is made for students to spend their school life actively in Meiji period(1868-1912).

So I feel that the Hakama is easy to move and easy to walk.

And I like its retro and cute atmosphere.

Hakama is also sold at Ichiroya.

Please search our website.


I would like to recommend autumn design and Furisode Kimono.

Maple leaves design

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Nishakusode Kimono (Shorter sode) for wearing with Hakama

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Thank you for reading this to the end.

See you next time.

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.772

Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers
Hi, how are you enjoying the weekend? This is Azusa writing.
 
It's getting more comfortable here, and it makes me want to eat a lot.  In Japan, it is also said that fall is the best season for arts and entertainment. Recently I went to a piano recital of Evgeny Kissin, who came to Japan for the first time in four years. I'm a big fan of him. I gave him a standing ovation after the performance.
 
The concert was held in Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall. Have you heard of the city of Yokohama? It is a beautiful port town and a tourist spot. A lot of interesting facilities are assembled. 
I also went to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, which is a historic building built in the the Meiji Period(1868-1912) as a bonded warehouse. But it is now a popular shopping complex and there are a lot of stylish stores.
 
When I went there, it held a fair of special local products and various food booths gathering all over Japan. When I was walking through them, clerks said to me, "Please try it. It is delicious.", so I was doing samples one after another. I thought the green tea from Shizuoka was the best. Shizuoka is famous for green tea. Normally I can't taste the difference between one green tea or the other. No matter what I drink, I say "It's good.", but the green tea from Shizuoka tasted difference from the one I always drink, so I recommend that!
 

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Why don't you try delicious green tea in kimono when visiting Japan?

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.771

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Dear ICHIROYA news letter readers
Konnichiwa, Ogenkidesuka? This is Iori writing.

"Autumn for arts"
In Japan, we say Fall is the best season for arts and entertainment.This is probably because it is the time of year when art galleries and exhibits are organized. School festivals or cultural festivals are held in autumn, too.
This time, let me write about my memory of this autumn.

My daughter has started learning 'Nihon Buyo'(Japanese Traditional Dance) since this June by the cultural program of the town where we live. This program was organized to spread traditional Japanese culture to successors of the next-generations.
This is a half-year program and the students take a part in the cultural festival in November. At first, my daughter asked me what the 'Nihon Buyo' is, so I showed it to her on the Youtube. Then she said "I want to do this!! I want to dance like this in pretty kimono!!" It was the first time that she wants to learn something.
So, she started to take the Japanese traditional dance class once a week.

Usually, a teacher gives one-on-one lessons to a student, but there are some students in the class of this program. My daughter was the youngest student in the class and older girls were kind to her. She really enjoyed dancing.
The way to dance of Nihon Buyo is very slow and hard to take rhythm.
Besides, the six years old girl could concentrate on something for only 15 minuets! She always runs around the room and the Yukata (she wears Yukata at lessons) is opened in front....oh no... However, the teacher is very kind and knows how to catch children's interesting. She teaches them how to sit, bow and walk in correct manner before dance.
My daughter gradually came to like dancing.

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Finally, the day has come.
Kids got dressed in Kimono, put on makeup and done their pretty hair. They looked so excited in pretty kimono because they usually wear Yukata at lessons. My daughter wore a pre-tied Obi, which I used for my 7 years old child's celebration. It is easy to tie and looks gorgeous! Of course, she ran, ate and jumped in kimono though, it was easy to re-tie.

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The stage was large. She has never stood on such a big stage. Lots of people were sitting in front of her and looking at her. She must got nervous in such occasion. My heart was beating fast, too. However, she did very good. Their stage was over, and I was relieved very much. All kid's dances were so cute. Their teachers also danced and that was wonderful!! It was too bad that taking pictures was prohibited.
There are two more lessons in this program. She keeps dancing at home almost everyday and I am happy that she likes it.

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I saw some dancers wore Susohiki-kimono at the stage.
The way to dance with the bottom hem trailing on the the floor was beautiful.
I introduce some Susohiki Kimono , gorgeous Obi and accessories.
Vintage Kimonos and obi are also good for display!

Kimono

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Obi

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Folding fan for dancing

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Thank you for reading till the end.
Have a nice weekend!

●ICHIROYAニュースレター 第145号●

 

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Photo from Sheila Kimono Style 

SHEILA KIMONO STYLE:かもめの本棚 online

 こちらが彼女の去年出版された力作 SOCIAL LIFE OF KIMONO

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日本語訳が早く出ますように・・・と待つばかりです。

ニューヨークのFIT(ニューヨーク州立ファッション工科大学)のテキストに採用されるような力作の著者がなぜ今度は写真集を?

 

「英語では a picture paints a thousand words(一枚の写真は千の言葉にも匹敵する)といいますが、着物の美しさは言葉ではどんなにしても語り尽くせないのです。だからこのフォトブックをつくろうとおもったのです」とシーラさんは語っています。

 

自分の持ち物の着物を着て、自分のホームグラウンドとも言える馴染みの場所で自然体で微笑むシーラさんを、お友達でもある写真家のトッド・フォングさんがカメラにおさめています。

わたしゃなんて言ったって振袖でスウィングしているトップの写真が大好き!輝く笑顔とはこのことかしらと思います。

着物が大好きな気持ちがこれ一枚でつたわります。

 

あ、そうそう、この振袖を含めて、イチロウヤで見つけていただいた帯を多数コーデしてこの本の中でお召しいただいています。え?こんなに素敵な帯だったっけ?と思わず写真と見比べて、うーんこう着てもらうとやっぱりいいなあと ブツブツ言いながら各ページを見ていました。

ほぼ毎日着物を着ているシーラさん、季節のコーデをたのしみ、時にはしっとり、時にはロックに、時にはファンキーに。明治のものから現代ものまで・・・小物合わせもエンジョイしています。

 

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こういった生活感のあるシーンも:

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着物がだんだん着られなくなっていくのも仕方のないことね・・・はあ とため息を付く人が大半のなか、シーラさんは「私はトレンド・ハンターよ」と公言しています。

 

「着物が`美術品’みたいにならないように、ファッションとして生き残るには、今のライフスタイル、キモノ・エンドユーザーたちの動向、つまり`流行(トレンド)’をつかまなきゃ」

 

と彼女は言っています。リサーチもして、フォトブックもだして、そして彼女が今続けているプロジェクトは、こちら・・・20代から50代までの女性50人を対象にお家を訪れてのその方の着物のタンスの中身についての聞き取り調査です。

その着物がやってきた背景、着物について困っていること、その着物にまつわるストーリーを丁寧に聞き取りしているのです

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The Kimono Closet

 着物産業は年々衰退していて 年間の売上がいくらいくらで・・・といった統計は耳にしますが、個人の声を集める調査はおそらくないのでは?実際の話、着物に何がおきているのか この調査からいろいろなことがわかってきそうです。

着物は好きだけど、置く場所ないしねえ、着る機会ないしねえ、好きなことは好きなんだけどねえ・・・あああ、よく聞いてしまいます。 

なんにも考えずにこの本を開くと、笑顔になること間違いなし。インスピレーションの宝庫です。着物に興味のない若い女の子が、この本をみて「かーわいーい!」を連呼しておりました。

写真と写真の合間には短いですが、おお、そうだそうだ!とうなずきたくなるメッセージが含まれています。

同じ年代の私も、(洋服なら何も言われないのにさ!着物だといわれるんだよなーなんていじけている暇があったら、おシャレしなきゃ)と心にぐっときた本でした。

どうぞエンジョイ!してくださいませ。

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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.770

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Photo from Sheila Kimono Style 

SHEILA KIMONO STYLE:かもめの本棚 online

 

Hello from Yuka. Do you remember about this book I introduced in our past newsletter?  

(Here is the past NL about her previous book, Social Life of Kimono)
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 I was so impressed by this book (Social Life of Kimono) written by Sheila san. The book was based on her research of kimono world, she covered not only the history and present situation in kimono industry in Japan but also the movement of kimono wearers both in Japan and all over the world. This time I would liketo introduce her new book, which is totally different from the previous one.

The new book is her kimono style book with full of photos taken by her friend photographer, Todd Fong.  The photos were taken in her neighborhood or near her university (she is a professor at Jumonji Gakuen Women's University), so they look supernatural, and we can tell she is really enjoying kimono in her everday life.

 

Why did she published this new book?

`In English there is a well-known saying, a picture paints a thousand words. But I think that you can speak thousands of words without being able to express the beauty of kimono. That is the main reason  why I decided to make this photo book'(from her book)

 

Each photo shows her own kimono coordinations. We felt so happy and honored, she wore many obi and kimono from Ichiroya too, including the furisode she is wearing (the photo on the top).

She wears kimono almost everyday, here are some photos from the book and you can see the changing of the seasons by her coordinations.

 

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I like the photo of her in furisode (on top) with her beaming smile but also I like this photo too, it is a real natural scene from everyday life.

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Each style has flow and her love of kimono is showing!

She loves both old and new kimono- she treasures kimono from Meiji era(Meiji 1868-1912) and also tries punk kimono fashion with leather belt.

In her previous book, her research and the viewpoint of kimono in social life showed us the reality of kimono. As you may know, we tend to have fixed idea about our own culture. Kimono were aound and the existence of kimono is getting less and less as time goes by but oh, well, that's what happens-that kind of mood is what most people have, I think.

Sheila calls herself 'a kimono trend hunter'. 

`For kimono to survive as fashion and not as some kind of art object, it is necessary to grasp trends, people's kimono lifestyles, and the needs of kimono end-users. '

To spread the information, she started her project called `The Kimono Closet'.

She is examining the kimono closets of fifty Japanese women from their 20s to there 80s. She visits their homes, count the numbers and types of kimono, note where they came from and how they are stored. Besides that, she asks participants to tell her their problems with kimono life and the stories of kimono that have special meanings for them. Not the annual kimono sale numbers but she is collecting the real voice from the individual's closet! That must tell what is really happening. We have this contradiction - kimono are pretty, precious and have memories of mothers, grandmothers but kimono are not really convenient, nor easy to wear (needs a lot of care!).

Her book is inspiring and fun to show kimono as fashion. A young girl who was not interested in kimono at all, saw the book and says `KAWAII!!' For her, the book was a fun fashion book.

I am sure you enjoy the book, and in between photos, she writes her message very clearly both in English and Japanese. Enjoy!

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