Botanical Garden

Our Kimono de Jack group visited a botanical garden last month! We were on the hunt for wisteria; unfortunately heavy rains the week before blew away all of the blossoms! However, the rest of the garden still had some blooms, so we were still able to enjoy some flowers.๐Ÿ™‚

Strathmore Kimono Exhibition

Members of Kimono de Jack: Greater Washington DC visited the Strathmore’s kimono exhibit, “Timeless Transformations: Kimonos, Prints & Textiles”. The exhibition is part of the Cherry Blossom Festival of Washington, DC. Unfortunately, professional cameras were not allowed, so I couldn’t use my camera, but we made do with our cellphones!๐Ÿ™‚

New York Fashion Week 2016

Me and several other members of KDJ: Greater Washington DC went to the Hiromi Asai & Kimono Artisan Kyoto kimono fashion show at New York Fashion Week. This was the first time a kimono show has happened at NYFW, and also the very first Kickstarter-funded show as well. It was an amazing experience! I am…

Wedding Houmongi

I attended a friend’s wedding in kimono! This is only the second time I have worn this kimono, but it is one of my favorites. I refer to it as my “Rainbow Cottage” houmongi.๐Ÿ˜‰  

Happy New Year!

Happy 2016! I recently bought my very first synthetic kimono, and I just had to try it out! It’s hard to believe that it’s taken me around 6 years of wearing kimono to actually get one, but what can I say? Taisho silk calls to me lol. What finally made me break my silk obsession?…

Kimono de Jack December Meetup

Kimono de Jack: Greater Washington, DC had their December meeting yesterday! We went to an exhibition at the Freer Sackler Gallery entitled “Sลtatsu: Making Waves“, which I highly recommend. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed inside. Afterwards, we went to the Kyoto Kimono trunk show down the hall, and then to the Torpedo Factory Art Center…

Halloween 2015

They say better late than never…so I decided to be very late!๐Ÿ˜‰ I finally got around to doing my Halloween monster-theme kimono photoshoot. It all started with a men’s yukata that I found with a spiderweb (and spider!) pattern. I added an obi that my dear friend sent as a birthday present from Japan, used…

The Travelling Kimono

I can finally share this awesome project that I have had the privilege of being able to participate in! The Travelling Kimono is a project where one kimono is sent around the world to different kimono wearers, who then create an ensemble representing their personal tastes and style. Eventually it will have traveled to 16…

Projects and Instagram Love

I’ve got some really awesome projects in the works, guys! We’ve recently launched an open call for entries at Go Hime ๅงซใฎไธ–็•Œใธ for the next kimono magazine issue! The theme this year is “Travel”, so if you’ve ever wanted to be in an awesome kimono magazine, grab your passport, tickets, luggage, and what have you!…

KDJ Swap Meet

Kimono de Jack of Greater Washington DC had a swap meet yesterday! I had a lot of fun, and came home with sooo many pretty things! ^^

Ekoji Obon Festival

Yesterday, a few members of Kimono de Jack: Greater Washington DC attended an Obon festival at a local Buddhist temple. An Obon (ใŠ็›†, or Bon ็›†) festival honors one’s ancestors, and usually includes a Bon Odori, a dance during Obon that is specific to each region. My personal favorite dance is Tankล Bushi (็‚ญๅ‘็ฏ€), or…

Matoi Otoko Poi Style

July 4th is Independence Day in the U.S., so I wore my matoi ็บ (Edo-period firemen’s flag) motif kimono to celebrate! It’s one of my favorite motifs, and super-fascinating to learn about. Each district had their own flag; one day I hope to be able to identify which ones the two matoi on my kimono…