Saturday, 3 December 2011
I wish I get to wear my furisode (long sleeve) kimono more often. Isn't it gorgeous? This picture was taken a year ago, and I haven't gotten a chance to wear it again since.
You know, I'm proud to say I can wear it myself. I have been well trained by a parasol-weilding godmother. It usually takes one to two people to dress a person in kimono, and kimono dressers charge a couple of hundred of US dollars for each job. But it's not just about saving money, it's also about learning and preserving the culture.
Kimono is usually handed down from mother to daughter. This one belonged to my (god)mother, who wore it when she was my age, so it is not only beautiful, it is also meaningful. It was my graduate school graduation present. My mothers always have a hard time figuring out what to give me for Christmas and my birthday, or any other occasion for that matter because I never want anything (new). I want something of theirs! Well, it doesn't have to be kimono's all the time. Purses, rings, shoes, diamonds and fur coats will do too. Ha ha ha.