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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.188   27 Mar 2007

Dear Customers & Friends

Hello from Japan! This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.188.
Yesterday I attended a kimono auction in Kyoto, and I saw a cherry tree with full bloom! In the row of cherry trees along the river, only a cherry blossom in the most end was full bloom. An administrant of the near building said, he doesn't know why, but cherry blossoms there bloom from one end in sequence. The cherry blossom was beautiful especially above the pure water flow of a river. Spring has come, and the season of departure, adieu and new encounter has come again.

After long time severe thinking, today I would like to write some short news around us.

*Today I went to a kendo(Japanese art of fencing) shop, and ordered a set of protective gears. The shop owner measured my face and hand, and she selected a set for me. It will be completed after a month later. She(shop owner) also does kendo, and has a rank of Ni-dan (2nd dan). She says nowadays most kendo protective gears are made in China. Her boss taught Chinese how to make them, and now, almost all lower and middle grade gears are made in China. She spoke well, and we got familiar in a short time. We discussed about the chance to sell kendo gears to the world by our system.
We heard that in some countries there are quite many kendo players, and world championship is also held. How such kendo players get their gears?
Anyway I am look forward to the day when I wear protective gears!

*A few days ago, we heard that kimono from Taisho period (1912-1926) is becoming more popular among the foreign collectors. As you know, in Taisho period, kimono design and all Japanese art had dramatic change. For examples, kimono from Meiji period(1868 - 1912) has very subtle small pattern, and their design and motifs became stereotypes. In Taisho period, Japanese people came under the influence of Western new cultures - art nouveau and art deco, and designs of kimono also became glamorous. They had bold and delightful designs, as if they were reborn from Genroku era(1688-1703), but at a time they also had strong Western atmosphere. In the first place, art nouveau was born with Japanese art influence ( ukiyoe and so on).
If Taisho era's kimono have great charm to Western people now, how interesting these art influence linkage is!
By the way, we got some supreme Taisho kimono at a recent auction. We will list them the day after tomorrow - Don't miss it!

*Recently I read and studied about kimono of Noh, Kyogen, and Kabuki. We were not familiar with these Japanese performance arts same as usual modern Japanese people, however I come to know the difference between their kimono more than before. Noh kimono is most gorgeous and the highest quality - kara-weave is tye typical fabric, which is the most highest quality woven silk fabric. Kyogen's kimono is simple, main fabric is asa(Japanese hemp) and delightful picture is dyed boldly.Kimono of Kabuki have eye-catching fancy design - some motifs are very large, which can be seen from a distance, and patchwork is often used to make large motifs. So their contrast is prominent.
Noh ( silk, gorgeous, weave), Kyogen ( asa, simple, dye), Kabuki( silk, fancy, patchwork).
In a few years ago, we got a bunch of stage kimono. At that time, we were not sure about where they were from, now we understand they were the costume of kabuki. Now we are thinking this piece have to be from Kabuki actress.

*One of our staff's father got ill. She is a single woman, and she seems to have to care for her father by herself. To do so, she seems to have to quit her work and break off her career. Of course, all parents get old, and become ill someday, and children care for them. That's the way it goes. However, we can't help having compassion with her and feeling angry against absurdity.
A son killed his mother. He was very devoted son, and cared his mother for long time by himself with sacrificing his career. Recently suspended sentence was gave to him.
And Japan is well on the way to an aging society.

*I am learning 'kuzushi-ji'( characters written with omission ) to read old Japanese characters. Now I become to be able to read 'hiragana' written in 'kuzushi-ji'. However, there are way many kanji characters and different 'kuzushi' style, I must keep learning. We are often asked to read old Japanese textiles, which are written in antique items and woodblock prints. To read them, I must need more time. So please wait little more if you have Japanese old texts which you would like to read and know its meaning.

Thank you for reading to the end. Today we will list some kimono, obi, tea items and bolts. We are very happy if you find your favorite among them.
Thank you again and have a nice weekend!

Ichiro & Yuka Wada
Kimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"

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