The half-way point - 中間点

How fast the times flies (when you're having fun)! I can't believe that I have reached the half-way point for The Year in Kimono! I'm about to take a little vacation (I'm off to Vietnam, and no - kimono is not in my suitcase... if Canada had trouble understanding, I don't think Vietnam would fare much better). While I leave you for two weeks - enjoy this recap of the adventure thus far:


Breaking the Rules - ルールを破る:

What started the 'breaking the rules' theme from the very beginning was lack of proper shoes. With less than 2 weeks from idea to go - I didn't have time to start the project with proper footwear, and thus... I started my first appearance in kimono already breaking the rules.


A/r/e/c/o/l/e magazine - アレコレ雑誌:

Just a month after the project began, A/r/e/c/o/l/e magazine contacted me and asked me to contribute content in their segment dedicated to bloggers - in Japanese! This meant The Year in Kimono project was read by Japanese kimono aficionados before we even started to get noticed by English readers and press. Look for The Year in Kimono in Volumes 69-71.


Kimono School - 着物学校:

I was a little shocked when I first learned that the typical kitsuke (kimono wearing) course is 6 months(!!) - but it turned out to be one of the most cherished and fond memories I have of the project thus far.


This is mostly due to my lovely teachers at Hakubi Kimono School. Always patient and kind, they are my sartorial inspirations for this project - thank you!


The Translators - 翻訳者:

It was extremely important to me from day one to make this project bilingual (even though my Japanese level is low) so none of this would be possible without the translators! Thank you to Elie Yoo (Dec.-Feb.) and Chiyono Jaeger (Mar.-Jun. including the a/r/e/c/o/l/e submissions) for adding your Japanese words and voice to the first half of this project!


I'll be back in July - in the meantime, enjoy the blog and reading about The Year in Kimono - the first half.



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  2. I just discovered your blog seems a real adventure. Are the kitsuke lessons given in English?

    Greetings Rota


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