Bebe Taian: 小寒 Shoukan: Minor Cold

January 19, 2018

小寒 Shoukan: Minor Cold

In this week of January, it is Shoukan, "minor cold". It is said that one freezes in Shoukan, but melts in Daikan. Of course, halfway through January, the plum blossom season of February is coming, and it is always a little fashionable to be ahead of the natural season!

Of course, we have little to no snow in Florida, but recently we have had very unseasonable deep cold, as low as the 20s F. And of course, who gets a bad case of the flu for nearly two weeks? Me. I did. And a nice hospital bill to prove it (lol). Now that I'm starting to feel better, I just had to go out and do something fun! This time, I went to see Yoko at her restaurant. She adores kimono, and I missed her the last two or three times I was there, so of course I also had to dress up.

In this case, it was a very cold night, and I wanted to bring the feeling of the snow that will never come. It was certainly cold enough, but not wet enough. Sadly I lack a black or deep purple umbrella, but since there is no snow, I guess I don't need one. What I do have is a white figured silk kimono with an allover pattern of plum branches in pale blues and rosy pinks, a silk obiage that is in the same tone as the pale blue-grey of the branches, and a red shigoki obi that I somehow picked up in an American thrift store! The obijime is pale gold with one thread running from deep cold blue to pale white-blue, same as the obiage. The other thread in it is a warm brown, like living wood. I hope it is a tiny detail which brings a hint of life to a frozen landscape. There are very tiny hints of browns in the komon, but they are more grey-toned browns.

The obi was the most difficult decision. Red? Black? No, wait... silver? I had originally wanted to pair this obi with its' bright grass green pine needle side, with another kimono but I didn't have anything that I quite liked as much for the night atmosphere. Instead, I wore the silver side, with just tiny hints of the bright lime green showing at the edges. Inside the pattern of the obi are even smaller patterns of shippo. I tied a very easy fancy musubi in the back, being bored with han-darari and otaiko. Sorry for the blurriness- it's so hard to get a photo of it by myself.

The juban is possibly the juban of an older child's kimono. It was sold as a Taisho-era juban, but the cut of the collar isn't quite right for that, and even for Taisho juban it is a little short. It reminds me quite a bit of a child's juban. But since it somewhat fits, except for length, I wore that as is. It has an auspicious woven sayagata pattern, appropriate for January, with clouds dyed over it in pale blue on red. The sleeves are a little long for the modern komon, but all of my modern juban's sleeves are too short! Ara ma...

Over it, I wore my silk Taisho haori with the bright red lining in the sleeves. The haori also has a shippo pattern- what a cute coincidence! I look at small details like this when building an outfit. I adore it when I can wear something or see something multiple times and always find a new coordinating detail.

There isn't much I can do with my hair these days, unfortunately, or I would have worn some of my antique kanzashi. But I do have my plum blossom bobby pin from AtelierKanawa, so I wore that! I should buy more bobby pins or clip kanzashi. Such lack of traditional style, but... I have such short hair... ::sighs:: Also, I need a coordinating fan for the early Spring season. I have so much for Autumn and a few things for Summer, but I've neglected half the year. So I guess this is the year I need to learn to focus on komono, accessories that really make an outfit superior!

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