Dear Newsletter readers,
Konnichiwa, this is Mari writing this week' s newsletter.
It is getting cooler and cooler in Osaka.
Fall is just around the corner. I washed my summer kimono and yukata, then stored them for next summer. It is time to wear my white hitoe(not lined) Oshima which I washed at home. Do you remember my last article? I'm so happy to wear it again :-)
Sometimes, our items are introduced on kimono magazines, or used as costumes in TV dramas. This fall, our kimono and obi are introduced on the magazine called "Kimono Salon", one of the most influential kimono magazines in Japan. The top image is the cover page of the magazine. The articles are about latest kimono fashion, coordinate tips, introduction of kimono textile production areas and so on. All the articles are very interesting and educational. I learn a lot from this kind of kimono magazine.
We are proud of our items which look great on those pages!
We get those offers through kimono stylists. They specialize kimono styling for prints and films. Some of our customers are top kimono stylists in Japan. They work for major studios, TV stations, advertising agencies and publishers.
One of them was working on a popular TV drama series called
"Kurokawa no Techo"(The black leather notebook). The heroine of the drama is a lady of a high-end hostess-bar in Ginza, a popular upscale shopping area of Tokyo. Many of ladies who works at high-end hostess-bars wear gorgeous kimono. So does she.
I watched the drama every week with high interest in her kimono. You can see some of her images on the drama's website which introduce her wardrobe every week.
On the page, the kimono stylist explains the reasons why she choose the kimono, obi and other props such as bag, parasol and so on. It is very interesting to know how she came up with those kimono coordinate for each occasion. She even changes the way to dress the heroine for each scene. For night time, the collar is a little bit wide opened, and the zori sandals are high heel to be look gorgeous. For day time, the collar is tightly closed, and the zori sandals are lower to be look neat.
When the heroine visited one of her customers to celebrate opening his new office, she wore the refreshing light blue transparent summer Houmongi Kimono with wave pattern. Actually, wave is an auspicious pattern which means "eternal" or "get on track(wave)" which is good for our business and life. She encourages her customer with her kimono. To enphasize the blue kimono, she wore white obi, obiage and obijime. Even her bag and parasol were all white.
It is always good to have some kind of meaning or back ground story of our kimono coordinate. We are all kimono stylist for ourselves!
I was inspired by the drama so much!
I'm in mood of checking gorgeous Houmongi Kimono and Fukuro Obi now. They are eye candies!
Gorgeous Houmongi Kimono
I have to find a party or something to wear those gorgeous kimono to first!