Monday, May 31, 2010

selling kimono, plants and dvds!


If it just so happens that you were browsing my kimono collection on Flickr ...
My flickr page ...
and thought "wow, I'd like to own that one" maybe you can.
I'm going to sell off some kimono, obi, vintage maiko postcards, odori programmes and etc in the next few weeks so please check it out.

All items end on the 7th of June.

Check out my things for sale here

In other news:
I was out in my little garden today.
Those wisteria seedlings that I mention at the start of this blog and going quite well now. I did lose a few but have still got about 10 left.
All my deciduous trees are starting to lose their yellow leaves.
My chrysanthemums (kiku) are starting to flower. They were a bit late actually, usually they flower in early May for Mother's day but all the chrysanthemum plants were late to flower this season.
My Ginkgo has lost all its leaves but they are fresh, news ones at the base of the tree... which is odd.
My crepe myrtle has a flush of new growth on it too.
*Just to note, I'm in the Southern Hemisphere so its late Autumn, first day of Winter tomorrow!*
So that's why its odd for my plants to be having new shoots...

I've bought some dvds lately.
What I think is the 2007 Kyo odori?
The seller just said "its 2 or 3 years old". I'm not concerned either way, my favourite Geiko Kikutsuru-san would be around, and that's really why i bought it.

I also bought the dvd of last years Miyako-No-Nigiwai!
As noted in my post abut Maiko hikizuri my latest hikizuri was worn by a maiko when dancing at this performance so I bought it for that reason.
I hope she's on the dvd wearing my kimono!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New additions.

My niece was born on Monday the 24th.
Little Pepper. I'm going to call her Peppermint tho. Much nicer in my opinion.
She looks so much like her father.
I went down to spend a few days with them and I'll get another week off work in a month or so, to give my sis enough time to get used to it all.

The night before i was supposed to leave to visit them ( and get up early to drive -_-) I watched a car racing movie.
Honestly I quite like racing movies. I like Top Gear (UK and Aus versions) I can't tell you anything about cars but I enjoy it all the same.
Initial D was the movie.

Monday, May 24, 2010

My maiko hikizuri.

A maiko is an apprentice Geisha ( or Geiko which is the Kyoto dialect) from Kyoto and are frequently featured on tourism adverts.
Maiko wear long sleeved kimono called "furisode" that trail on the ground like the higher class women would wear back in the day called "hikizuri" or "susohiki" basically dragging hem.

Here is my collection of maiko hikizuri.
My first one that I purchased is one that is from the 1930's or Early Showa era.
It is black with 5 crests which makes it formal, it has designs of matsu (pine) and tsuru (crane) and was probably worn for new years celebrations. It is a winter piece.
I have found photos of this particular kimono being used at a maiko henshin studio (i.e. a place where you can dress up as a maiko,geiko,oiran,samurai, shichi-go-san etc)
The fact that its so old and has been used quite a lot explains why the fabric is in such fragile condition.

My 2nd hikizuri is meant for less formal engagements, it has an all over pattern (komon) and features abstract butterflies and grass motifs. This would be a transitional piece going between lined spring kimono to summer kimono. This hikizuri is "hitoe" or unlined.

My 3rd one is a summer piece made from "sha" fabric, which is an open weave to help cool the wearer down.
This would be a semi-formal piece.
The body is a pale blue featuring "hagi" or bush clover motif in purple, pampass grass in orange and yellow and its very difficult to see in the photos but tiny little wisteria bunches.
The idea with maiko and geiko hikizuri is that they are bold from afar but have fine details that you appreciate when you are closer to them.

And my new baby that I won a couple of weeks ago is a stunning, drool-worthy piece!!!
I found that maiko Fukuhina-san wore this kimono for last years Miyako no nigiwai performance (all geiko districts come together to perform dances each year under this name) so i was stoked to find it actually being worn by a real maiko!!!
The body is an amazing deep purple with blue and light purple hydrangea motifs on the shoulders.
The sleeves and hem are a pale blue with an amazing water lily motif.
I haven't received it in the post yet but i can't wait!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Julie and Julia

So i watched this the other day.
Clearly its got me inspired to start this whole blogging thing again.
As someone who works in the hospitality industry it was great to watch from that aspect (technical) and but also very entertaining to watch as a no brainer.
I understood how obsessive Julia was about it, I get incredibly obsessive about my kimono sometimes and my wisteria!!!
It was good, funny, you should see it if you haven't already.

Originally what i wanted to do with this blog was to have a list of all the foreign films I've watched for personal reference.
I haven't been doing a very good job of this so I'll chuck some movies that i can remember up.

Wikipedia does a better summary than I do.
I quite liked this one, i found all the relationships working together/against each other interesting to watch.

Goodbye Lenin!,_Lenin!
This is a great movie!
Many, many years ago I saw a single scene from this movie and it stuck with me for the next 3 or so years it took for me to actually see this movie in whole.
It was the scene where he meets his half siblings and they ask why he calls the cosmonauts... or some thing along those lines and he's so awkward around those kids.
I have non-purposefully seen a few of Daniel Bruhl's movies and I generally like them.

Love in thoughts:
Is another of his. Bit dark this one, so if you prefer lighter movies this probably isn't for you.Great 20's fashion in it too.

A friend of mine:
Tho wikipedia doesn't have a page for that one yet and it was a while ago that i saw it.
Two friends, one (Bruhl) who must be a white collar worker of some description goes "undercover" and meets this guy (whoever the other guy is, sorry I don't know!) who works as a.. i dunno... keeping rich guys cars in storage while they're away overseas, and then they go joy-riding.
Then Bruhl's character falls for his friend's girlfriend and then i can't remember the ending...
All i can really remember from the movie is his friend has a car that goes as fast backwards as it can go forwards.

Inglourious Bastards:
Eeek. Did not like this. Re-wrote history, was gruesome and just wasn't good.
The secondary plot of Bruhl's character falling for a Jewish girl masquerading as a French girl and trying to woo her was a much better plot line.
I found the "3 whiskeys" the English and German way an interesting thing. Its one of those cultural things that you probably wouldn't find in a book, its just something known.
Like how in Harry Potter those that are born into magical familys' just know things (like the legend of the hallows) and the muggleborns have to learn those things but they aren't in books.

I know this doesn't get the best rap, no, the plot isn't great but i still like it.

Run Lola Run:
I watched this in art class for the different array of camera angles.
I liked the "what-ifs" "what could've beens" and etc that it showed.

I watched a good martial arts one the other week too... Just can't remember the name...
I love on kung fu movies where they'll put the English voices on the people and the lips look funny, i LOL about it all the time.