May 25, 2008
One picture - Traditional Japanese Kimono and Hakama
I don't really have much time, because I have to pack still, and then get on a plane to go to Morocco for a conference, but I wanted to make a quick note of things.
Yesterday I married L., and for the past week my family has been in Japan. We went out to an amazing Kaiseki Japanese feast (11 courses!) and for the occasion - the first time that both families met - Alana, Jana, Grandma Bessie, myself, and L. were in traditional Japanese Kimono (or for me, the Hakama.)
The only pictures I have are blurry (dad doesn't know much about cameras!) but here is one with Alana, L., Jana, and I.
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That's a decent looking set of Hakama you've got on there. Where'd you get it, and did it burn a hole in your pocket?
The Kimono and Hakama are from Kimono Rental Aki in Shibuya. I highly recommend them, but they do not have Japanese speakers on staff. The shop owner is a really nice old lady who helped out with everything - picking out Kimono for 4 women to match the bride's, setting up hair appointments for them, etc.
I don't know the first thing about Hakama, but I dug it. I could never get my decorative clasp to point the right way (straight) but otherwise it was really great (if constricting after a few hours + dinner.)
Huh, our picture is on their website now - crazy! They really, really were happy that my 88 year old grandma wore a kimono (first time in Japan too!)
You got MARRIED yesterday? (that is, day before yesterday.)
I guess congratulations are in order.
Unless I missed some subtlety there.
If you did it, then maybe there's hope for me!
Have fun in Morocco.
Yep, I got married on the 24th. Now the wife and I (it sounds crazy to say it, but is lots of fun - she called my danna by accident today too ...) are now in Marrakech, Morocco for a conference (for me) and a honeymoon (for her.)
Mixing the two means we end up having a crappy honeymoon and conference, but it is better than none. :)
The grandmothers are too cute for words. It's no wonder the shop used the pictures. You look at least somewhat natural in the hakama. I'd just look crazy. A 93 kilo, 178cm Scots/German redhead with freckles and a loud voice you can hear clear across the pacific. The very thought is frightening.
Congratulations again. At least Marrakech is an exotic an interesting place for a honeymoon.
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