wafuku – noun: traditional Japanese clothing
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Geisha & Maiko obis
What makes these obis really special is that they are geisha’s obis. Geisha’s garments are very hard to get and, being very collectable, are expensive items. I had to have a few in my collection, so I gradually bought some geisha obis and a handful of geisha kimonos. I am allowing myself to keep one of each but have now put the rest up for sale on my website, along with most of the rest of the collection of vintage and antique wafuku I built up over the years. One of my heavy, silk, geisha obis can be seen below.
Maiko, trainee geishas, wear darari obis. A darari obi is a very long maru obi with the mon insignia of its owner’s okiya on one end. They are tied so that they hang way down towards the feet, rather than in a bow or knot such as a taiko musuba. You can see maiko’s darari obis below
Hot Air Balloon Festival
Sadly the wet and windy weather meant no hot air balloons got off the ground at the local Balloon Festival this year, so no balloons were seen flying over the town and I didn’t get my balloon flight. There was a night glow, which is always pretty, but not with the large array of balloons taking part there usually is. Most used only their burners, which are spectacular but don’t have the beauty of a balloon canopy glowing in the dark when lit up by the burners, but they didn’t dare unravel their balloon canopies because it had been raining and packing a balloon that’s wet will ruin it and they are impossible to dry before packing.
There were a number of other things going on in the park, including taiko drummers. I love taiko drumming and tried it at a workshop recently, so I was willing to brave the rain interspersed with dry spells, with ferocious midges, to see the drummers. I forgot my camera so the photo below had to be taken on my mobile phone