Today’s guest was from Mexico.
She was so nice.
Thank you for coming here on such a hooooot day!
First, I helped her choice of “furisode” and its accessories as I was asking her preference.
She said “I like blue and purple”, so she selected a purple “furisode“.
She was very interested in kimono and asked me a lot of questions.
“What is this name? What for?”
“Oh, it’s used like that! I didn’t know that. I always thought how I use.”
That was “obi-ita” or an obi plate to keep the front of obi neat.
“What is “frisode“?
“It is a kind of formal kimonos worn by unmarried women mainly on Coming-of-age day.
Its sleeves are long.
Men used to put a love letter in a sleeve to ask a girl out in the Edo period from the 17th to the 19th.”
“Are there any differences between kimono for men and women?”
“Yes. Kimono for men is just-sized, on the other hand kimono for women is longer than the body,
so women have to tuck the extra fabric up around the waist, etc….”
“Does “geisha” wear an obi like this shape?”
“No she doesn’t.
An obi shape for “geisha” is simpler than that for “furisode“.
Obi shapes varies by occupations and kinds of kimono.”
The next was an experience of “sado” or tea ceremony.
At first, tried “seiza” or sitting on your legs!
When your legs go sleep, you can use a small chair.
Then you practice “ojigi” or the Japanese style bowing.
Our tea ceremony is conducted in guest’s mother language.
Kimono instructors and tea masters are National Government Licensed Guide Interpreters.
How was the experience of kimono and tea ceremony?
“I was so impressed with respecting each other in the tea ceremony.”
“I don’t want to change into my clothes. I want to wear “furisode” all day!”
She understood the heart of tea ceremony.
“I want to wear “furisode” all day” is the best words for me.
That means “feeling so good in kimono”.
Thank you so much!
Enjoy the rest of your holiday!
After this program, we were talking about “What is this?” in Japanese, English and Spanish.
She speaks Spanish, but today she spoke English very fluently.
She studied English very hard.
Should I restart learning Spanish? That’s a good idea for me…
*To all, thank you so much for your acceptance of photograph posting.
You can do this program at True Japan Tours.