Sunday, October 28, 2018

Formal Kimono Affair



Whenever I wear this formal kimono, I feel so gorgeous. I ordered this kimono when I was thirty years old. It was the first time I ordered a kimono, and I didn't know much about kimonos. I asked a staff member at a kimono store in a famous department store in Tokyo. I wrote about my experience at that time in my book, "Akiko's KIMONO JIKENBO" that means the Case-Book about kimonos of Akiko Hiramats. I told her "I'll leave it up to you", then other staff came out around me. I couldn't ran away on tatami mats because they pay lip-service to me. I knew they didn't mean it, but what they said still made me happy. I felt like a queen and payed a great deal of money for the kimono. After that, I had worn it only once in a year, so I started to regret my purchase. However that kimono had such a great power it let me forget my depression. I really wanted to become a it woman who suited the kimono. Suddenly, I felt motivated to study about different kimonos because of understanding the value of the kimono. At last, I became one with the kimono.! I felt it clinged to me. It must not just be static electricity. I wonder if my body really needs the kimono's silk. Anyway, we both suit each other.

この訪問着を着ると、気分が優れない日でも一瞬でゴージャスな気分になれるのですよ。今からちょうど18年前、生まれて初めて自分のお金で着物を誂える事にしました。知識が全くなかったので何がいいのか似合うのか分からず、全て高島屋の方にお任せしました。そのときのエピソードは『着物事件簿』の第一話でも書かせていただきましたが、デパートの呉服売り場は、畳のスペースに上がったら最後、いろんな人に囲まれて逃げられないのです。神輿を担がれるという言葉のように、本当にわっしょいわっしょいという声がしてきて、神輿の代わりに畳が揺れて、幻覚と幻聴の中、よくわからない着物をお買い物しました。でも、クーリングオフはしなくて、この訪問着を絶対に着こなしたくて猛勉強。ついに、着物が私の体と一つになりました。絹が体に吸い付くのです。静電気でひっつくのとは違いますよ。もしかしたら、私の体が絹nに吸い付いているのかもしれません。どちらにせよ、今は両想いの着物です。

Takashimaya kimono, Erizen obi, Komastuya zori (sandals), Saint laurent bag








8 comments:

  1. Amazing look! That traditional colors looks so pure!
    Sunny Eri: beauty experience

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  2. Traditional Japanese clothes is the best ever. I envy you because you are Japanese and can wear these beauties every time you like. The pale blue shade looks amazing on you! This shade makes you skin shine@

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  3. Really love kimonos, and this one you're in is just adorable
    Great my dear

    Kiss kiss.*Jo
    Jo & Company Style

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  4. Lovely print and colors, so chic Akiko!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  5. I would love to try a traditional kimono like this one. So Beautiful!

    www.fashionradi.com

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  6. Akiko, this such a modern and great approximation to the kimono culture! I'd say I'm not an expert in this matter but I adore to see the textures and fabrics they use to create such pieces of art!

    And I adore that you included a fashionable actual bag in this outfit, perfect contrast between modernity and tradition!

    Pablo
    www.heyfungi.com

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