Iwakura Shisetsudan 1872 ( Kido, Yamaguchi, Iwakura, Ito, Ookubo ) at San Francisco. As Mr. Iwaskura is the court noble. so his outfit isn’t normally ” Samurai” style, but this picture to demonstrate as an ambassador, Old Japan and New Japan.
What to wear, how to wear…
Comfortable and suitable for the occasion. that makes you confident is the best dress.
As I am modern Japanese, I don’t have much occasion to wear Kimono as pre-Meiji Japanese.
To be honest, I have been worn kimono very small number of occasions.
When my 7th-year children’s festival in November was a proper dressing occasion, I was so excited to wear my Kimono.
Hairpiece and little chatelain….beautiful Obi sash belt and layers of kimono and lots of belts with sandal with tabi socks.
On top, dad bought me “Chitoseame” which is 1000 years candy in red and white that celebrates for the future.
All new experience of uncomfortable to walk, but I was so happy to be dressed!!
I didn’t want to take off everything after came home.
7th Children’s festival in November with my dad.
Oh yes,,, I love orchid.
3 years ago, I bought 2 white orchids. Since then, I am so in love with them.
Yesterday, I bought 1 pink orchid additional to my member of the family 🙂
When I heard sad news from Japan last Summer, I thought I can send my love to my dad sending orchid.
My mum said they are growing new buds again!!
I am so happy to hear, mum is cheering to see new growth thinking of my dad and me.
Having new growth in life is a wonderful feeling!
Hope you will try yourself, too! 🙂
My 2nd flowering white orchid is doing really well!!
This is my new pink orchid!!
Dendrobium is growing really nice!! they had fantastic pink flowers so I am hoping they will flower this year, too. : )
As a Japanese living in Scotland, it is not much chance to use era based year …
But today is really the big day for Japan.
The Japanese current emperor Akihito started 1989 to 2019, today is the abdication day…
Last day of Akihito emperor period ” Heisei ” His son new emperor Naruhito is on his right hand.
Just as I am thinking back of his emperor time, I was the end of the teen, now I am 50.
Life is strange, I never knew I was going to live in Scotland…
Hoping the ” Reiwa ” bring a peaceful period for all over the world.
sword and jewels are presented on the side of the emperor and the empress
starting the historical ceremony
Comedienne Dee Max was very kind warm personality she commented all the catwalk and show!
Beautiful Mhairi is wearing one-off Burberry fabric tie and short designed and made by me, with cotton lace and straw flat cap. Cool looking Layla is wearing customized shorts, shirt and matching band balmoral bonnet made by me. Happy to walk with them!!
Once again, Me, Mhairi Waddell also Layla Burns showed Kids Fashion Festival International.
This time it was in Glasgow.
It is a challenge to prepare the collection that mostly my designs are for the adult.
I started one to help with my friend model Mhairi last year.
Ronnie who organizes for the Cancel Cancer Africa allowed me without any kids collection.
I was thrilled to work with the so many fantastic kids are coming from all over the UK are helping models of my collection.
And this time it was in Glasgow, so there was no excuse not to meet Ronnie and Anne once again.
I was glad I participated in the show once again, kids and people who are involved in were fantastic.
12 shiny happy faces in Glasgow. They helped Cancel Cancer Africa charity for modeling in confident in public. What a brave young people they are!!
Japanese Era will be changing soon.
” Heisei ” to ” Reiwa “.
” Reiwa ” will start on 1st of May 2019.
Reiwa is this character
Because emperor Akihito will abdicate and Naruhito will be crowned.
I was bone in ” Showa ” era that lasted 63 years.
” Heisei ” is now the 31st year and this will be changed to ” Reiwa Gannen ( beginning of the year ) ”
I am feeling already lots of challenges ahead in my life.
My son was born in the same year as the new emperor ‘s daughter Princess Aiko.
They will have a new beginning of adulthood.
Wishing of all the great future for young people and all of us. 🙂
Just thinking about the name of col0ur how poetic can be!
So many new names appear every year, and enjoy looking at the name of colour!
When I was a child my Crayon and Watercolor had lots of “Japanese names” called “Wairo” that comes from nature.
I remember “Oudo-iro” ( Yellow soil ) is my least favorite because it gets hard very easily.
“Gunjyou-iro” (Ultramarine ) was my favorite. I don’t know just I loved the name.
”Yamabuki-iro”（Bright yellow) is we saw the flower all the time on the way to go to nursery school.
“karashi-iro” ( Mustard yellow) is spot on so I can almost taste the colour!
“Enji-iro” ( Burgundy ) I didn’t know the meaning but I know the colour…
“Azuki-iro” ( Red bean colour ) is nice to picture the image colour but difficult to make it.
We loved driving our Suzuki Wagon R in “Nasukon” ( Aubergine Navy blue ) .
Aubergine Navy Blue
Perhaps, you can make up lots of different name from traditional food or dish ” Sekihan-iro” ( rice cooked with red bean-pale pink ),
“Tamagoyaki-iro”( omelet yellow ), “Tofu-iro”( Ivory like white ) , ” Beef Curry-iro “( dark yellow-brown),
“Crispy croquette”, “Konnyaku-iro” ( Pewter grey like grey) , ” Oinarisan-iro” ( Pale Brown ) ….I can’t stop now! 🙂
I copied from the FB post. 🙂
Would you put makeup with those name of colour??? 🙂
Typical Spring, I found daffodils blooming in our garden..
Dwarf Daffodil is busy flowering 🙂 First Spring sign I see in our garden.
But getting cold again…
I am lucky to work on the trendy mother of the Bride, and the wedding guest outfit.
I have been pattern cutting for number of years,,,
but I just realized today, “Origami” skills are quite useful for the pattern cutting.
Both are flat paper to create 3D object.
When I was a child, we played cats cradle and gomu-tobi ( Jumping over flex elastic rope)
dodge ball ( we were quite hardcore for those tournament, and practice!! )
Chainring（https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1crQlbPrRnE）those are my favorites!
but origami was my least favorite…
my son used to play at RAF museum in Hendon every week. when he was a little.
Now he can’t get enough of flying experience. No doubt he will aim for the aviation industry…
So, people, child play is the serious business, you never know it may indicate child career !!
Dress code, and formal dress…
There are many rules…
I don’t have any formal occasion to attend…but
My first experience of formal was an award ceremony of
Worshipful Company of the Feltmakers millinery competition at Mansion House.
I didn’t have any evening dress as a foreign student.
My mum was very happy to make and send it to me from Japan to London, and my boyfriend (husband) had to hire the kilt.
Recently I am a fashion designer who designing and making outfits and hats together collections.
I think safe to say my background is millinery.
It is a long time ago, but time to time better to mention this rather than sleeping in the file 🙂
Turning 50, my right shoulder is getting painful even though I do my regular exercise every day.
I visited my doctor and he reckons better to see the physiotherapist.
My doctor is very dandy and his background is Royal Navy.
He dresses very neatly ( Tweed 3 piece with tie or bow tie and matching pocket chief ) and I have to mention all the time.
He said dressing nice makes people happy. 🙂
I totally agree.
People dress nicely to make people happy is very good for the environment!
So relax people. if you feel nice, that shows!!
I am happy to help to make you happy, that is the doctor ordered! 🙂
Just thinking about what I have been doing for my whole life, and looking at the photo from 20 years ago,,,
Perhaps not much different what I have been doing…
Does it mean I am same all myself??
I don’t think so, because, what I am trying to do is much better than yesterday.
When I was in 20’s I was much braver and much agile than now, but I had much limited view than now…
What I am trying to say is I am constantly enjoying and creating new things for such a long time. Perhaps I have never been well known, but my imagination and passion are big enough to express my creativity in public for such a long time.
I am progressing slowly in my pace…
I am a slow starter, but I am hanging on and moving to a better vibe.
Just day to day work isn’t smooth due to all the circumstance…
So thank you for everybody who was helping and supporting me out for making me going all the years.
I am as a designer, I don’t want to make people misunderstanding me.
Since I am not a good speaker, I can’t explain very well myself ( I never do in English nor Japanese ). So I write my own thoughts from time to time to focus myself…( That is the blog for…)
I am a fashion designer who has a background of millinery that I used to get into all the time.
When I was working for Philip Treacy, I questioned lots of myself and world…straight from the graduation I was working there, I liked working there, I didn’t have enough base nor confidence to be a successful designer, but I left…
Recently I am thinking myself because I thought that is natural to have a passion to design your own collection of top to toe…
In my design mission, I have to have compliment on the headpiece/hat or some kind of accessories to finish off my design.
When I design something I just have to see all the balance that is my mission…It isn’t domination, but I have to create my world as a designer.