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Kitsuke Workshop - 8/13

As some of us had participated the last Kitsuke workshop, you should see the improvement in the photo. If not, then we’d practice more… Today, we focused on Obi-belt. Since we had a limited time, while Chikako-san demonstrating how to tie Obi step by step, I showed our first-time participant how to wear Yukata for herself and Kimono on her daughter. Of course, little Mae-chan was a Princess of the Day. The important point of securing Obi – by keeping them at the appropriate place so that it wouldn’t be loosen or fallen – is not how tight the Obi is tied but it is how those small accessories, called “Komono” are properly placed before putting on Kimono and Obi: There are at least four (4) Koshi-himo ties besides 2 Corin-belts (a short stretchy belt with little clip at the both ends though it’s optional) and Date-Obi (Obi base) to deal with. If they are too tight or wrong place, while they may stay where they are, you’d have a hard time to breathe or eat. If you made a knot too big and hard, it’d cause you a pain as it’d be pressing ribs. The location of these ties varies depending on your body shape and height. Therefore, eventually you’d have to figure out where would be the proper location on your body. So, that was about tying Obi, and it wasn’t all about Obi after all - If it’s still not staying where it is supposed to be, then you may need to start all over again, from tying Himo-tie one by one… But one day, you may be able to find yourself in a mirror a woman with perfect sophistication in a beautiful Kimono and Obi, and of course with proper posture which is another important point. We’ll have more workshop in the future till we all look “perfect” to general public. Thanks to our instructor, Chikako-san, for her patience and dedication to make sure we’d get there one day. Midori Shinye Program Organizer
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