I just wanted to pop in and say hi to all my new followers! Things have been pretty busy in the last couple of weeks and I came back to find a whole bunch of you. A big thanks to you and of course to my other followers for being here! :)
Here, have a deer.
I took this while visiting the famous Giant Buddha complex in Nara, Japan a few weeks ago. The locals used to consider deer sacred, and now they’re designated as national treasures, so they can wander around freely in the area.
This is the Kyoto International Museum of Manga, three stops from Kyoto Station on the Karasuma line (Karasuma Oike stop). For an 800 yen entry fee, you can pull any manga from their 50,000 title collection and sit and read as many as you like as long as you like all day. Plus they have one small wall of English-language translations. It’s a wonderful place and I want it next to my house!
I’ve never seen this until today…
Bullet-train sushi delivery.
I feel like a kaiju. A very full, happy kaiju.
The cuteness! It burns!
For the Shichigosan (7-5-3) Festival, boys and girls are both celebrated at the age of 3. Boys get their time alone in the spotlight at 5, and girls at 7.
To keep up with the tastes of younger parents and as part of the general kimono industry trend to try to become less fossilized and more “modern”, you can now find super-trendy sets like these for the stylish boy in your house.
The random English you see everywhere in Japan is, on the whole, a lot better than when I first lived here years ago. Most things I see now are right, or at least largely comprehensible, and mostly accurate inspirational quotes are big right now.
But every now and then you still get something like the copy for this yellow cardigan, which apparently comes with a horrible fate and/or chromatically seductive powers that can only be granted by the dark gods of bathing:
"SEEING YOUR STYLE FATAL AVALANCHE
CONTROL OF HIS BLUE RED OR WHITE AS LONG AS YOU WORSHIP SOAP”
A Man’s Life in Kimono: From birth to death, every formal occasion a man would traditionally wear kimono for.
1. Birth: Omiya-mairi (First Shrine Visit)
2. Age 3: Shichigosan (7-5-3) Festival.
3. Age 5: Shichigosan Festival.
4. Age 13: Juusan-mairi (Age 13 Shrine Visit)
5. Graduation and Seijinshiki (Coming of Age Day) at Age 20.
6. Weddings and funerals.
A few notes:
-Most men choose to wear Western clothing in some of these situations.
-If you look at my previous post about women, the last garment, worn in death, is the same for both men and women.
-From age 3 on I could have just repeated the most formal traditional black outfit (6.) in different sizes, as that’s what some wear, but I thought I’d show some of the variety available.
This is my translation of a very detailed tea ceremony website spelling out what to wear during the different months, and can also be used by kimono enthusiasts, costumers, and artists looking for more accuracy. It took me almost a year to finish up, but it’s done!