Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,
Hello, How are you doing?
Megumi is writing.
March has come, and 'Ume'(Plum blossoms) are in full bloom.
I am looking forward to 'sakura'(cherry blossom) blooming.
The other day, I enjoyed Hinamatsuri (March 3rd, Girls' Festival).
I have more opportunities to wear Junihitoe (twelve-layered ceremonial kimono) than other Japanese girls.
This time, I wore Junihitoe (twelve-layered ceremonial kimono) just for fun.
Junihitoe is translated as twelve-layered ceremonial kimono, but it is not so accurate.
‘Juuni’ of Junihitoe meas ‘Juunibun-ni (more than enough)’.
So it does not mean the number of kimono.
Many Japanese are misunderstanding that Juunihitoe is twelve kimono.
This Junihitoe which I wore is tailored with attached layers of collar and hem(hiyoku).
So it was light to wear.
I wore Hibakama(red hakama) this time, but actually this is a dress for married women.
It is wrong with formal rules of Shozoku (Japanese traditional clothes).
Single women wear Koki-iro Hakama in its rule.
Koki-iro is deep purple to reddish purple color.
I wore Koki-iro Hakama for my Mogi (coming-of-age ceremony for girls of Heian).
The Junihitoe was very heavy, and it was very hard to stand.
I have seven-tiered platform Hina doll (a doll displayed at the Girls' Festival), but I have no time to display it.
I sometimes think that it is strange about Hina dolls.
A princess of Hina doll wears the most formal Junihitoe, but court ladies wear semi-formal.
According to the rule from the Heian period, the upper person was allowed to wear light dressing.
It is described that court ladies such as Murasaki-shikibu wear formal dresses, but only the second consort of an Emperor, FUJIWARA no Shoshi wears Kouchi-gi (semi-formal) in the Diary of Lady Murasaki,
I think that Hina dolls are opposed to the original rules.
And I have another question about Kimono.
Red hakama is for married lady.
But currently, red kimono and obi are for young women or girls to wear, not for married, mature ladies.
I think that the concept was opposite to the old days.
I would like to recommend Heian style design.
Thank you for reading this to the end.
See you next time.