Today I had the opportunity to get professionally dressed in a beautiful blue yukata (cotton kimono) with Meg and Zara. What a fantastic experience and great company. The teacher is an amazing woman with the biggest sense of humor I have ever seen in any Japanese person (totally unexpected). The process of dressing in yukata is really like an art (like most things in Japan) -- especially the tying of the obi (sash). Our Sensei is quiet talented at making her own special ties. I loved what she did with the obi on me! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Sensei's original obi design -- I love the way she tied it! And what a beautiful obi and yukata! She let me borrow it today and she commenting on how it looks so much better on me than it does on her. hahahaha.
I learned today that in the olden days, people wore yukatas IN the bath and that's why the kanji for bath is in the name -- 浴衣. It later just turned into a more informal "bath robe" / cool summer wear. Also, dark blue is a traditional and popular color for yukata because it apparently keeps the mosquitoes away. Come to think of it, I did NOT get bit for once while walking around in it today.
A huge thanks to Tamana and Zara for setting all of this up! :) I had a lot of fun today with you ladies, as always!