Saturday 19 March 2011

Do I need a title?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know about the devastation in the Tohoku region in Japan from the recent events. I have a very dear friend right in the middle of it all and have heard very dire stories from her. Just makes me want to run right out and help her, but that's not really advisable. I will go back to visit her perhaps in 2013.

In the meantime I am doing all I can to support the effort to help Japan. There are several ways you can help too as well as getting something nice in return. There are several auctions around as well as people just offering items with proceeds going to Japan. I will list what I can here to give you an idea. If you live in the Birmingham area, we will be hosting a fundraiser next week at Woktastic in Paradise Circus. Please come have a meal, and give what you can. Our donations will be going to the British Red Cross.

Here are the auctions/sales I know about or have purchased from myself:

And there are more to be found.

In addition I've just purchased these:

and hope they arrive in time for Kitacon.

Wednesday 9 February 2011

Back from Florida

I'm back from a two week holiday to Florida to visit my parents. It was nice to be back but also glad to be back home in the UK. I don't see myself ever living in America again.

On a high note I met Liza Dalby in Miami as she was there doing a lecture on Geisha and Kimono. It was fabulous to finally meet her. Had a great talk with her after and had her sign one a book for me. Unfortunately I couldn't bring them all to be signed, but figured this was a good one to have done.

Professor Liza Dalby autographs for April

Monday 10 January 2011

Happy Bunny New Year!

Happy year of the Rabbit everyone! I did wear kimono on New Year's Eve. I quite liked my outfit of cream and purple houmongi with tsuru (cranes) and a black haori with matsu (pine) motif. Enjoyed a nice meal out with Elizabeth and Dawn.

New Year kimono 004

As always you can check my flickr page for more photos:

Wednesday 10 November 2010


Moonblossom from IG recently posted on her blog about obidome. I thought hmmm... maybe I should have a look. So I did. And this is what I won today:

Happy birthday to me! LOL!

Saturday 16 October 2010

New kiku obi

Just bought this obi! :)

Maybe to go with the momiji kimono to wear to Kimono de Jack in November. If not I have a fabulous tsumugi iromuji in purple that would make a nice contrast.

Monday 20 September 2010

Yamatoku sale and festival

Thanks to the Kimono Lady here on Blogger, I just bought this:
from the sale on at Yamatoku.

The Japanese Matsuri in London on Saturday was fabulous! Much better than last year. We all had a great time. Sadly, I forgot my camera so you'll have to look out for others who took photos.

Sunday I met up with a Japanese friend in Oxford. We both have shiba inu so we took the dogs out for a tour around the city. We enjoyed a great day out with fine weather. I actually did bring my camera but haven't uploaded the photos yet.