Sunday, November 23, 2008

Asian Occasian

Last night we had Asian Occasion at my college. I was previously asked to be in the fashion show. Well, originally I was just going to Asian Occasion, then I was asked if I could help my friend get dressed, and then my friend asked if I would be in the show with her, because she didn't want to be in the fashion show alone. So I said I would help out... basically any excuse for me to wear kimono.
I decided to wear my new royal blue tsukesage with aurora motif. I paired it with my silver saga nishiki obi and matching silver saga nishiki zouri. Ideally, I would have liked to have a white obiage for this, but since I don't have one, I used my light blue obiage - which looked ok. I also was tossing the idea of either my light blue obijime or my lavender obijime when my mom was at my apartment. We both thought the blue blended into the obi too much, so we chose the purple one. Even though Asian Occasion, was pretty much accross the street from my apartment building - it was really cold out, so I decided to bundle up! I wore my navy blue Ume haori, a ivory scarf, and on top of all of that, my ame coat (it wasn't raining, but it acted as a windbreaker).
So, when my freind Emma arrived to AO, we immeadiately went to the bathroom to get her dressed. She very nice red furisode, with a black tsukuri obi, and pink obiage. It all looked very cute. I found out she actually learned how to wear kimono from her mom, who aparently wears kimono almost everyday, which I thought was pretty cool. I think she was reasonably impressed with my kitsuke abilities.
We made Andrew take pictures of both of us completely dressed. I think both our kitsuke came out very nicely. Her fukura suzume looks really good, and I jokingly asked her if her mom could make me a tsukuri obi. On me, I really need to work on getting my collar back where it should be. Right now, I continually have my collar too close to my neck - which usually indicates someone more mature in age. My collar should be back where Emma's is... and I should be showing a lot more collar in the front as well. However, this was the first time I actually tied my obi correctly. Usually I just kind of fudge it, but this time I really tied it correctly - this is the first time. I was pretty impressed with my first true otaiko musubi! I couldn't believe it wasn't a disaster.
Something that I was actually surprised to hear from Emma was her saying, "We should totally have a kimono party!" That made me insanely happy, especially since I want to wear mine more often.

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