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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.780

 

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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,

 

Hello, How are you doing?

Megumi is writing.

The start of the rainy season is not announced for the Kansai region.

 

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The other day, I went to Kyoto to see the fresh green.

I like Kyoto of ‘Ao Momiji(maple tree not yet turned red)’ season .

It is because Kyoto will be very crowded when it is the season of maple leaves.

I absolutely do not want to go there.

I went to Genkoan and Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.

 

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Now it is the season of "Ajisai" (Hydrangea).

These pictures show Mimo Shrine of Aichi prefecture.

Recently, it has become popular to decorate ‘Temizuya (purification trough)’ with flowers.

But I thought that this was not practical, because hydrangea is toxic.

 

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By the way, June brides are also popular in Japan.

However, weddings at shrines will increase in autumn…

The other day I went to try on dresses,

Even though I said that, I do not mean to have a wedding.

It is just a memorial day.
I usually wear kimono, but this time I tried the western dress.
It was light and easy to move.
Wearing dresses is very nice but I prefer kimono.

 

I would like to recommend "Ajisai" (Hydrangea) designs.

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/810035/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/810036/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/820056/

https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/302092/

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Thank you for reading this to the end.

 

See you next time.

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.799

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Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers


Hi, how are you doing? This is Azusa writing.

It's getting hotter and soon we will enter the rainy season in Japan.

 


Last month I went to Nara Park to see flowers and deer.


The wisteria in the park was in full bloom. The flowers were very elegant and reminded me of the long sleeves of Furisode!

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Nara Park is famous for deer. In Nara Park area, people and deer live together in peace.

There are over 1,000 deer in the park. They are roaming around the park while relaxing and eating rice crackers called Shika-Senbei, which people feed them here and there to attract their notice. They don't even look at a person who doesn't have a Shika-Senbei.

They rested together in the shade of the tree. It was hot on that day, so they seemed a little tired. I took over 30 pictures of them for about 30 minutes, but they looked like they didn't care at all. Kawaii!

 

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By the way, why do you think deer are loved and taken care of like that in Nara?

They are cute, but it's not that because they are cute. It's because they have been believed to be messengers of deities since ancient times. It is said that the deity enshrined in Kasuga-taisha in Nara Park came on a white deer.

 

 

The cute deer are depicted in kimonos and obis!

 

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The other day, I have visited JR Kyoto Isetan Department store to see Fumiko Matsuda's amazing art work. Her work are exhibited and sold on 9th floor until June 04.

She is an interior coordinater and Senior registered architect who is now making beautiful interior display called `Art Hyoso'.  Hyoso literally means `mounting'.

You may have seen Japanese `kakejiku' (scroll) or `byobu (screen). She uses vintage kimono, obi and fukusa for mounting and makes amazing display. 

Her works were exhibitied in Gump's SanFrancisco as well as the most famous department store, Mitsukoshi and Isetan in Tokyo. There are many students of her Hyoso classes in Tokyo and Kyusyu area.

Here are her work:

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(made of vintage fukusa)

 

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(made of Meiji era kimono)

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She use vintage fukusa, kosede, and other vintage items. You can see how she adds some `frame' which are also old obi or kimono. Her work is exceptional with the arrangement of those textile. 

 

These are some of the photos of her work from JR Kyoto Isetan↓

Some of the screens are reversible - you can enjoy each side.

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The byobu looks three-dimentional. This is one of the characteristics of her work.

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Some `little display' items were sold too (you may notice some textile from kimonotte are used for these small items, but they are exception). She uses only vintage kimono mainly.

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If you are interested in purchasing her book, they are available. They include full of impressive photos of work by her and her students. 

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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.798

Konnichiwa! How are you doing? This time Iori is writing.
June has started. It is getting humid and we had some rainy days. I hear frogs singing in the rice fields at night. June is the only month that does not have any holidays in Japan. We need to work work work! 
Speaking of work, we have a meeting every morning. These days we speak about "my favorite pattern or design on kimono". A person in charge of the day talks about the pattern and its origin. I like to know colleagues' favorite designs and its origins beacause it is just interesting to hear and my knowledge of kimono becomes wider and deeper.
I like the 'children' design on kimono or obi. Have you ever seen the chubby face children designs on kimono?? They are sooooooo cute and adorable! The two classical designs of children are called 'Karako' and 'Gosho-Ningyo(Gosho-doll)'.
'Karako' is one of the popular children design. It is a motif of Chinese children in Toh era(618-907). They are in Chinese style costume and have unique shaved head leaving small hair on top and both sides of the head. It is called 'Karako-mage'(Karako-hair).This 'Karako' is an old design used from Nara era(8th century) and appears in lots of things such as kimono, obi, earthenwares, books and so on. Surprisingly, this design was made by Japanese. It has a meaning of prosperity of descendants.

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'Gosho-Ningyo'(Gosho-doll) is another popular design. This doll was made in Kyoto in middle of Edo period(1603-1867). It is made of wood and painted in white skin. Imperial family or court nobles had sent this dolls to daimyos(feudal lord) in return for presents from them. It became popular generally in the end of Edo period.

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Both 'Karako' and 'Gosho-ningyo' are so cute, aren't they?? Many people like children design and usually these items are sold soon in our shop.Some people loves collecting them or using as handicraft materials. Please check this lovely design sometimes. 
and here we also have 'child' motif obi on our Kimonotte side project

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We are making the unique and eye-catching obis more and more!
 
Thank you for reading till the end.
Hope you all have wonderful weekend!

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.797

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Hello, this is Mari writing.
It will be rainy season in Japan soon.
Japanese summer has been getting hotter and more humid 
just like Southeast Asia. In summer, I feel like I'm living 
in Thailand or Vietnam. Actually, I love those countries so much! 
I love their cuisine! I think those spicy dishes taste better when I 
eat them in hot and humid weather with sweat like a waterfall!
 
As you know, we had 10 days long Golden week in the beginning of 
May. I visited Hanoi, Vietnam to see world heritages such as 
Halong Bay and Chang'an. Both areas are beautiful! The top photo is 
sunset at Halong Bay. I highly recommend you to visit there when you 
have a chance to visit northern Vietnam.
 
Again, I love Vietnamese food so much! I even make Vietnamese spring roll 
and Pho(rice noodle soup) at home because there is no Vietnamese restaurant in my area. 
So, my another main purpose to visit Vietnam was EATING VIETNAMESE CUISINE!
Me and my husband eat pretty much anything. We love local foods we can taste 
at the markets, on the streets and so on. 
 

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In the morning, we walked down the streets, and ate a bowl of tasty 
pho on the roadside.

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In the evening, we ate chicken hot pot, again, on the roadside.
 

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Yummy for our tummy! 
Our kids were a little bit nervous when they saw the feet and heads of chicken.
Believe it or not, they asked another round after they tasted the hot pot!
At the end, we didn't leave a piece of meat on the dish. It was so tasty!
 
Now, I have to tell you about my husband's true purpose to visit Southeast Asia.
This is it.
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He loves to eat developing bird embryo! 
He eats it whenever he finds it. 
 

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Well, he said the one he ate in Hanoi was just a couple of days too young 
for him. He prefer to have already developed beaks, bones and feathers. 
Believe me. I respect any eating habit. I really do! 
However, this egg thing isn't for me. Every time he eats the egg, he offers 
me a spoon full of the part where used to be yolk. That is so nice of him 
because he loves the part. I really appreciate it, but you don't have to do that anymore.
Thanks anyways.
He said that the one he tasted in Ho Chi Minh City was the best one he has 
ever tasted. Here is the picture of it.
 

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You see feathers, right? This is what he is talking about.
 
I'm not sure if it is appropriate to introduce this item after talking about 
the egg thing though. I just remembered this obi when I was writing about 
the egg.
https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/400157/
 
I also remembered these obi after I saw the sunset of Halong Bay.
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These fruits pattern obi remind me tropical fruites I tasted in Vietnum.
https://www.ichiroya.com/item/list2/820073/
 
Thank you for reading until the end!
See you next time!
 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.796

 
 

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Konnichiwa everyone! Ogenki desuka?  Hope minasan is having a relaxing weekend. :)
Soon in Japan, it will be Tsuyu (rainy season) and Taue (rice planting) time of the year.  I find my neighbors getting ready to draw water into their rice patties.  The funny thing is, as soon as the water is drawn, frogs come back and so as the mosquito.  Then those frogs jump out of the patties, and make their ways to my garden.  Do you think they have the homing instinct?  I am sure these are not the same frogs, but... every year, I find one green amagaeru kun returns to my front gate and sitting at the very top.  My son when he was a little, threw him far back to the patty, yet one somehow managed to return a few days later. ( I swear it is true! ) Another cute amagaeru kun returns to a paper bag which I keep packs of plastic bags outside for gardening, and it surprises me every time I put my hand in it.  Sometimes, at early Spring when the weather is still a bit cold, I accidentally wakes up a Gamagaeru, a huge toad, while gardening.  I am starting to think I am the predator and needing to live quietly on their property?  fufufu My beagle Marin does not seem to mind their company at all as she enjoys chasing frogs, geckos and grasshoppers in summer.  
Here are some items with frog motif which is perfect for Summer! Can you find the frogs?
Oh by the way, the past Sunday was Mother's day in Japan. My two children and I went to an Italian restaurant and we had a really nice time.  I cannot believe my daughter is turning hatachi, 20, next week! and my son is in second year at high school. They have friends and busy with their activities( of course iphones and instragrams), yet they remember to shower me with the wishes every year.  I cannot be a happier mom.  Urshi desu! Some years ago, my daughter made me a small picture book for Mother's day.   I was truly impressed with its quality and care she had put into it.  Here I attach some photos for you to see. If you are curios how the story goes, email me and I can send pictures of rest of the story. hahaha, cute isn't it!
 

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Here are some items with Rose motifs! 
You can wear rose motif all year long!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend everyone! Thank you for always visiting Ichiroya and reading our newsletters.
Also, by the way, I am having a bit of trouble with a particular plant in my garden. It is Houttuynia, we called it Dokudami, and their vitality and production speed is very strong!!   I try plainting some nice flowers, but they are outgrown by Dokudami very quickly, and before I knew it, they contain a good part of my garden!!! Do you have any ideas what to do with it!!!!??? Help!!!
 

Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.795

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Dear Ichiroya Newsletter readers, How are you doing? This is Mitsue writing.
A week has passed since we backed from the golden week. During the long holiday, I did various things at home which I usually can't do such as washing winter clothes and blanket, gardening and exchanging the strings of musical instruments. I also went to the Manyo Botanical museum to see full blooming 'Fuji' (wisteria), and art museum to enjoy Vermeer's paintings in Osaka. It was an exciting holiday.
Actually, I traveled to Holland and Belgium before the golden week. It was my first trip to Europe. Is there anybody who is reading this in Holland or Belgium? I enjoyed so much there, and these 2 countries became my favorite places! Everything was so amazing, so I can't choose what to write. The main purpose was enjoying flower parade. I enjoyed festival cars full of lots of flowers such as tulip, hyacinth, narcissus and carnation. To my surprise, I also could enjoy 'Sakura'(cherry blossom) on streets.
 
 

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The second purpose was enjoying art paintings. There are many famous ones at museums and churches. I wanted to appreciate paintings of such as Gogh, Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer. The two paintings at Antwerp Cathedral were the most impressive for me. The "Elevation" and the "Descent of the Cross" were the ones that Nero (a poor boy of 'Dog of Flanders') wanted to see. The story is very famous in Japan, because the animation was broadcasted when I was a child.
Delft, a hometown of Vermeer was also attractive to me. It is a canal town where is known to blue ceramics and old buildings. I could feel how he spent his life painting the people's daily life there. Needless to say, I enjoyed Belgium beer, chocolate and waffles. I would like to visit again and walk slowly around the town.

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Today, I would like to introduce some items with tulip design. I hope you enjoy these charming design.
kimonotte factory nagoya obi

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(We have more other colors.)
 
 
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fukuro obi 

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nagoya obi
Bride's Furisode
obidome