Since I heard Sheila would film about kimono, I dashed off the shooting place near Asakusa. Surprisingly, the place was a traditional Japanese folk song bar and all store staffs were professional signers and shamisen players.
Not only just listening the staffs are playing Japanese traditional folk songs, you also can dance and sing with their accompaniment. I sang Tokyo-ondo song and danced Tanko-bushi coal miners song. These are very easy to sing and dance songs for Japanese traditional bon festival.
Like our ancestors, I really wished I could sing and dance all-night! Definitely would like to visit again! must be on Friday or Saturday night.
Thank you for your interests on kimono. Kimono is magic. It is quite comfortable to wear, and tells you lots of historical secrets why kimono have been worn over a thousand years. Sadly, kimono wearers become minority recently, so you can be a special person if you wear kimono.
Now I am offering kimono wearing lesson in English on request bases. If you would like to join, please contact shinokimono at gmail. With just three times lessons, I will make you to be able to wear kimono (if you practice at your home hard). Anyhow, the lesson is really fun and good exercise. Please join my kimono club!
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My favorite kimono magazine Nanao's English version
a selection of the best articles from Japanese kimono magazine
PHOTO BOOK:Kimono for these 90 years
Kimono photos on Japanese Housewife Magazine from the first to the last issue. (1917-2007)
Kimono History BOOK:Marriage in Edo
This book introduces how every class of Japanese in Edo era carried their wedding ceremony by texts and some illustrations (not so many and they are monochrome). The most interesting to me was Edo wedding was carried at night. This is the reason of Japanese traditional bride wear all in white!