Hello Ichiroya news letter readers! How are you doing?
This time Iori is writing.
The rainy season is over here in Osaka. It's been hot and humid these days! I can't stand it without an air conditioner. Last night I could not sleep well with this heat so I turned the air conditioner on till the morning.
Actually I don't want to sleep with the air conditioner because I feel tired when I wake up. I have tried some ways to get cooler sleep, for example an ice pillow, a cool bed sheet, a fan and so on. I need to find the better way this summer, too.
Do you have any good idea to get over the heat in summer?
eat shaved ice? go to swim at a pool or the sea? or maybe drink cold beer at night??
In summer, I look forward to something. That is 'Yomise'. 'Yomise' literally means a night shop. We have lots of summer festivals such as fireworks, 'Bonodori'(dance festival) and so on. There are food stalls and game stands at the festival which you can get yummy foods or play fun games. We called them 'Yomise'. When I was a child, my parents always took me to summer festivals. My favorite food and game at 'yomise' were 'wataame'(cotton candy) and 'Kingyo sukui'(goldfish scooping). Now I am a parent of three kids and I take them to summer festivals. They enjoy playing games such as 'Yo-yo'(water balloon) scooping, quoits, hitting a target.They also love cotton candies. It reminds me of my old sweet memories.
You can see lots of people of all ages in Yukata Kimono at summer festivals. Yukata textile is cotton or linen as it feels cool while wearing. There are many designs and patterns such as seasonal flowers, fish, fan, dragonfly, butterfly, swallow, stream and so on. The yukata designs look refreshing and cool. Yukata is easier to get dressed than the way of Kimono.
I have not worn Yukata for these past years because I had to carry my kid on my back. I want to wear it this year with my kids. I got children's yukata already but I still don't have mine! Hmm... I need to look for a good one at Ichiroya maybe....
If you don't get used to wear Kimono, would you like to try Yukata at first?
We are now offering lots of attractive and Kawaii Yukata at Ichiroya web site!
You may find a good one on sale maybe :)
We would be very happy to help you to find your favorite one.
Here is our Youtube video to show how to wear yukata:
For your informaiton,
We sell "How to wear kimono" DVD on our site too. It includes the yukata dressing to
most typical square bow(otaiko) and a fancy bow tie (fukurasuzume) for formal kimono`furisode'.
yukata for boys and girls