It's getting a little cooler and more confortable here in Osaka.
That means now is the good time to start learning how to wear Kimonos!
And here is the exactly right information for you who wants to learn it!
We start new classes at a very popular Kimono store in Kohama, Kokoroya.
(Kokoroya's store front right now. They put these adorable kids' Kimonos for Shichi-Go-San, the festival to celebrate the growth and well-being of children.)
Classes will be held on any day of week in respond to your request basically, except Thursday, which is their shop holiday, and during owner's absence.
We usually have private classes, but if you have friends who also wants to learn how to wear Kimonos, you can take a class in a group of up to 3 persons.
If you start lesson now, you can show up for Christmas party or New Year celebration party in Kimonos! Why don't you start Kimono lesson now?
With our Basic classes, you can learn how to wear Kimonos and tie Nagoya Obi in Otaiko style in 5 days lessons.
Kokoroya-san will provide you good oppotunities to go out in Kimonos, like "Bunraku viewing gathering with a backstage tour" or "Osaka River Cruise", etc...
We are sure it will open up your new life with Kimonos.
And what is more, you can learn not only how to wear kimonos but also the proper deportment with Kimonos in our classes.
It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Kohama.
For more informations, please visit our website or send us a message to the address below.
It was really a big day for me.
On August 30th, Summer recital of Kamigata-Mai (Japanese traditional dance) produced by Great Master YAMAMURA Wakasaki was held and successfully over.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I made a debut as a dancer.
Thank you for coming all the way to see our performance despite the rain.
We were very greatful to have such a large audience there.
Let me give you a glimpse of backstage though some photos. Most of them were took by my friends and they allowed me to use those photos here. Thank you for your kind words!
Oh, I'm still excited and I can't believe a week has past already since that day.
Now let's get started.
Arrived at the theater at 9 o'clock in the morning.
I got thrilled to see the name card tacked on the wall in front of the dressingroom!
Soon after entering the room, everyone took their stage out-fit(kimonos, as a matter of course) out of suitcases and hanged those up real quick before they got wrincles.
We all use the same cotton fabric on outer.
These are specially tailored outfit for stage and have long and thick layerd train on the bottom. (you can see the bottom in other photos)
Then, changed into a Yukata (as a dressing gown, in this case) and visited makeup artists' room.
Behind my body, there a 7 year old lovely girl was sitting and got started her make-up, though you can't see her because of me...
As a makeup base, they used a very hard solidified oil.
It's too stiff and hardly melt and it hurt when the artist apply the oil to my face...
Next, white makeup!
They mix white powder with water and applied it with wide brushes.
Painted not only my face but my back in white too.
You can see my arms are whitened too.
They left both hands unpainted till the end, when dressing was done.
Then, wear the stage Kimono!
Costume dressing is a male profession.
It requires power and strength to dress a stage Kimono and tie a long and stiff Obi to dancers.
Awaiting for wigs.
I was trying hard not to laugh nor even smile.
If you laugh when you have white makeup on, you will get a crack on your face and the white powder will fall off soon. Never laugh in white makeup!
Hair's done too!
The hair style, accessories, Obi, inner collar, everything gose well and match with my dance program, "Kishi-no-Yanagi"(willows on a bank) which describes early summer scenery in old-time Tokyo.
Here's 7 year old pretty girl! She will be a spirit of wisteria flower.
Beautiful madam F.
This is her first stage. Same as me!
Now we are ready for the stage!
Unfortunately taking photos of performance is prohibited for the audience and I don't have any to share now. I'm sorry for this.
Suddenly my heart started beat very fast when I stood on the stage wing waiting for the music. Till then, I was so excited and delighted in getting prepared, but now back from the trance...
The music began and the curtain rose.
I took the first two steps towards the middle of the stage.
I could hardly see what laid ahead, no audience in my sight. I was blinded by the strong spotlight. It was only the stage floor there.
I could listene to the music and start my dance.
While dancing, I remembered my teacher, master Wakashizuki's voice giving me advices.
Don't look down, straighten your arm here, never shake your head, and so on.
Anyhow, I could finish my performance without major troubles and the curtain dropped.
Went into a lobby and showed our deep appreciation to the audience.
We were all satisfied and proud of ourselves.
With my dear friends!
Thank you so much for your warm support always.
Together with our troupe members and friends.
Some of them came from Tokyo!
We were so glad such many people come see us and send us their hearty cheers.
Thank you again!
To be continued later...
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We sometimes need to take a break while concentrating in something.
For me, Bon dance is a just right rest.
I know too much rest may prevent my usual practice, and so, narrow down the target to a few Bon dance parties to join.
This is the one I really love to join, Bon dance festival at Kita-Mido.
They have a changing room and a cloak, so you don't have to worry about your baggage!
Two Rakugo storytellers, Mr. Yuhei Shofukutei and Mr. Emimaru Hayashiya started a warm-up talk to catch people walking by. To those two storytellers' eyes, all people in suits appear as elite buisinessmen and women appears as beautiful ladies.
Until Bon dance begins, there are some fun events like marble scooping, chance lottery and etc...During those events, the said two storytellers pump up the mood with their talk.
Waiting for the madness of Bon dance.
How adorable! Cute little girls in lovery yukatas.
We were all stirred up into a frenzy by awesome voice of Kawachi Ondo(dance song) singer, Mr. Kikusuimaru Kawachiya at once!
My stamina run out so quickly and sneaked out of the circle though...
With my Bon dance friends who stick it out to the end.
The man in a black suit is a Bon dance master.
He knows 7 different choreographies! So impressed!
With Mr. Tamanosuke Horaiya, Anzuya cafe owner, M-san & M-san.
Now that woke to reality, and we need a cooling down.
I don't eat nor drink something cold usually, but I needed an ice on this day.
What a delightful day it was!
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