Mz J at the grocers' took a few photos of my outfit for tonight. I had to put my hair back up pretty quick.
Not pictured: the other employees I was talking to about fabrics (second photo) and origins, or the friend I was with who was kind of laughing about the whole thing.
Yeah, it's January, I know. Out of season and all. But... it's Florida, and it's really hot and rainy out all night. Like mid-70s hot, especially with three layers on. x.x And I was finally getting to take said friend to dinner! The restaurant, naturally, was cold inside.
So what did I end up wearing?
From outer layer in:
- Deep-necked tank top w/ susoyoke
- Bright orange unlined silk juban
- Ink-blue synthetic sha iromuji (harder to stain accidentally)
- That gorgeous vintage obi with the fire flowers!
- Bright orange silk shibori obiage
- Orange creamsicle-coloured woven obijime
- Rain, and no amageta, so instead regular geta and fashionably(?) no tabi, keeping in line with the hitoe kimono and image of heat
I think I'd really like a darker kimono, likely in a deep rich purple or almost black-blue, with a geometric pattern reminiscent of the designs on the obi, to really make those yellows and oranges pop! I have the bright red iromuji of course, but wouldn't that be too 'loud'? Hnnn I'll have to think about it. I definitely don't want to pair orange with orange! And I'm not sure I'd look that great in all-over yellow with my skin lightening up from working indoors all day. Before I at least got sun from my job at the last restaurant, since we had sun-facing windows everywhere, but the current restaurant is just plain dark, even in the day. The boss thinks it's 'romantic', but really, everyone else thinks they just need a flashlight to see the menu at noon. x.x So I have to be more aware of my palette! Suggestions?
From Asahi Shinbun, 25-03-2014
Keeping Tradition Alive: Geisha to Get Subsidies for Clothing
KYOTO--Young geisha starting out can easily splurge
as much as 10 million yen (nearly $100,000) on exquisite kimono and
accessories in their first year as a free agent.
Not surprisingly, the ranks of geisha, called "geiko," are thinning.
Alarmed at the dwindling number of professional geiko plying
their art in Kyoto's Gion and other districts of the ancient capital,
the Foundation Ookini, a Kyoto organization for promotion of traditional
performing arts, decided to subsidize kimono expenses for young
independent geiko from April.
Officials said their aim was to ease the women's financial burden so that the venerable geisha tradition will continue.
According to the foundation, eligible geiko are "jimae-san"--independent free agents, so to speak--who are in their early 20s.
The subsidy will cover 50 percent of clothing expenses, or up
to 500,000 yen, between the three months prior to the time leaving her
geisha house and the five years after becoming independent. The
foundation set a limit of one purchase per year and three purchases over
a five-year period.
A geisha house will take care of clothing, food and housing
for a girl from the time she joins the establishment upon graduating
from junior high school until she transitions from "maiko"
apprentice-level position to geiko and independence.
After reaching jimae-san status, a geiko must procure her own
garments and other items. An inexpensive kimono will run between
700,000 yen and 800,000 yen while the "obi," or sash, ranges from
300,000 yen to 400,000 yen. If an independent geiko buys a new outfit
for each season, her expenses can easily nudge the 10 million yen mark
in her first year.
As of the end of January there were 181 geiko in Kyoto's five geisha quarters, a drop of 21 women from 2006.
Over the five years, 59 women apparently retired upon becoming geiko or jimae-san.
The foundation was established by the Kyoto City Tourism
Association and the city's geisha quarters. Until now, it has provided
financial incentives for veteran geiko who are well-versed in the
An official of the foundation noted that the geisha tradition
will fade without an influx of young people. The subsidy is intended
"to provide some encouragement to young women who are hesitant about
Fumisono, 26, a geiko who has gone independent, says, "There
are many cases of women quitting because they're worried about whether
they can make it financially. The subsidy will help."