Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.776


Konnichiwa everyone!  Ogenki desuka? 
This is Yoko from Ichiroya. I hope that you are having a nice weekend. :)
Have you noticed that we are having a huge markdown sale???
The price is incredibly tempting and you do not want to miss this opportunity!!
Please check our Final Sale category to view what is left!!
Also, our Kimonotte Side Project is still ongoing!! Our staff is working very hard to make this project unique and extravagant!  Even an item says SOLD,  we can still accept your order! Please feel free to contact us. 😄

It seems that the weather in Japan has decided to shift to Winter all of the sudden! 
We had some warm days last week, but we are having awfully cold days this week.  Totemo Samui desu!
I took out my Nenneko, Haramaki, Kotatsu, oil heater, neck and arm warmers on the same day.  Now I am ready!
Good thing my beagle Marin keeps me warm on cold night! haha 
I talked about Danjiri Matsuri in my last newsletter, and I would like to tell you how it went along with some crazy photos of people involved.   I hope you enjoy!
Unlike last year, the weekend of Matsuri this year was perfect!!, a bit cold but sunny throughout the weekend. 
I enjoyed cooking Oden, making Onigiri rice balls and Miso soup with ladies in my neighbor to provide the members of Danjiri.   They pull the Danjiri float on foot all day, so a warm meal is a life saver to them. 





Danjiri is a traditional Matsuri.  This Aki(Autumn) Matsuri has been in our town since the Edo era.  
Danjiri appears mainly in festivals of western Japan and are roughly categorized into two types, 'hiki-danjiri' (a decorative float towed by festival participants) and 'katsugi-danjiri' (a decorative float shouldered by festival participants). Danjiri in our area seems to be Katsugi though there are wheels attached at the bottom. 
Since it involves carrying a huge wooden Danjiri on their shoulders most of the times, the participants are mainly young people in their late teens and early 20's.
For this special traditional day,  some very young participants try to get as much as attention they can by putting heavy make up on and wearing their hair wild and colorful!!!
Can you tell what is on a boy's head at the top photo? You guessed it right! It is a chameleon!!! Can you believe his hair is dyed, not painted or colored in ink!!  A lady who did his hair also did my daughter's hair.  My daughter said she likes working with difficult request and making a challenge! Sugoi!
Well, this year is almost over.... soon it will be the year of the Boar.  Are you ready to welcome the New Year??!!
Here are some items you can use for the New Year!!  These auspicious motifs are perfect as the New Year display or Oshogatu outings. 😄
Thank you so much for reading. Have a wonderful weekend!