Now It's the summer kimono season!

We wear lined kimono with winter sash until the end of May and are permitted to wear single kimono and summer sash in June and in September. July and August is a season for silk gauze kimonos with summer sash.
This is severe Kimono regulation and no matter how hot in May (especially these global warming days!), if you wore single kimono with summer sash, a member of committee of Kimono discipline (usually old nagging ladies) walk to you and warn.

Now June starts. This is my June style. Do you like them?
Single silk komon(dyeing) kimono
Gauze silk summer sash with fan and dragonfly motif
Violet cotton and hemp kimono under
Violet collar
Rose and orange silk sash scarf
Violet sash belt

Thanks for your comment, Satoai-san. I found this gray/white lattice kimono at a famous antique kimono collector Ms. Shigeko Ikeda's shop in Tokyo. This is the only one she praised me although I had tried tons of kimonos!


Satoai said...

Pretty! I love the gray/white with a hint of red obi-age. Looks cooling.

serene daoud said...

hello Shino!
I'm a Canadian from Montreal and i wear kimono casually whenever I can; even in the cold canadian winter! I learned kitsuke from a canadian friend who studied kimono kistuke in Kyoto for 2 years and lived there for 4 years. I lived in Tokyo for 1 year. I never thought i could ever be able to learn kitsuke but i did, and now i'm so passionate about it that i want to start teaching it to others here in my city. In the summer time, i have seen many japanese and canadian girls wearing Yukata at the cultural festivals organized by the local japanese cultural center; so kimono is coming back to life all over the world! it's strange because it's not as easy to put on as western clothes yet people from non-japanese cultures still try and learn. There's a real love for the art of kimono that is spreading. You look lovely in your kimono, i especially love the picture of you riding a bycicle in Yukata! I think i will try that this summer too. I have a blog site on Blogger.com (View from the Flying House) as well, but i haven't posted my kimono pictures yet. You can check those out at Myspace/serenedaoud.com. Keep up the kimono spirit!
best regards,
Serene Daoud

shino said...

Hi Serene
Thanks for your impressive comment. I am so glad that you try spreading kimono in your area. Ganbatte!
Yes we can do everything with kimono. Even riding bicycle, cooking and cleaning up our house. My grandmother age people do(did) these quite naturally. Although I need to protect sleeves and tie bottom of kimono when I do house chores. Haha