After two months, I'm back with a new number of my Fukuoka Kimono Walk project. And yes I'm also back on Blogger because WP multilingual SEO really sucks and both English and Japanese blogs weren't well referenced on Google anymore so...
But I'm not writing a SEO guide article but a FKW one so let me introduce you October's pictures that I took in a lovely Japanese garden in center Fukuoka : Rakusuien.
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About Fukuoka Kimono Walk
This project is aiming to show a different Fukuoka, far from the big modern city image, while making kimono more accessible.
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The more I come to Rakusuien and the more I love it. It's really a peaceful place in heart of a busy city and as the entrance fee isn't expensive at all I like to go when I'm in the neighborhood or just because I want to have some greenery.
I especially like the entrance and its pretty geometric path lined with vegetation. This is one of the most photogenic places in the garden and I recommend it to people who want to take beautiful pictures. Even people who are not conformtable with a camera can make successful pictures..
This time I went to visit the Chaya, the tea ceremony building which is an old Japanese house. Visitors can attend tea ceremony or have some green tea with a Japanese sweets. remove your shoes at the entrace and grab somewhere to seat on tatami mats facing the greenery. I couldn't take pictures inside because there were visitors, but it was beautiful with a lovely calligraphy that changes each month and each part of the house is entirely oriented towards the garden. It really is as restful place and I'd love enjoy a tea while listen to the rain drops falling down on a gloomy day. I
The day of my visit, the entry was free and there was a small taiko drum concert at noon and a lantern festival at night. When arriving there were two couples taking wedding pictures and I was afraid they would tell me to move but we managed to take our respective pictures smoothly. The taiko concert was awesome and I loved to attend it. Just a few years before coming to live in Japan, playing the taiko was one of my goal and watching a live performance thrilled me.
For the kimono I was tempted to change the rental shop I usually go for a new one after reading Fukuoka NOW article. When I read it for the second time I realized that the store's staff made a preselection according to the person's size and the choice of kimonos for rental was very limited. What is nice about Mayu no Kai is that all their kimonos can be rented. You come to the shop and directly choose among the hundreds of choices available which is much better for me. For a unique experience which is wearing a kimono I think it's better to choose something you really like instead of havinf someone choose something you don't really like.
Also, it would be annoying to have to re-eplain my project so I came back to Mayu no Kai and I felt stupid to stop using their services. It's really the best rental kimono service of the city (this is not a sponsored, just my feelings).
In October trees have not changed color yet so I didn't want a red/orange-ish kimono but something which would evocate early fall. Arriving at the store I spotted a purple kimono with autumn pattern before they show me this pretty green kimono. This is the first time I choose a kimono of this color as I don't like green but it was an instant favorite. With small orange touches on it, it shows that autumn comes slowly. I also like that there was some black parts on it. Besides, I'd like wear a black-ish kimono before the end of the project.
I decided to make my coordination pop with a purple with white polka dots on it and the lady who dressed me made me a very pretty bow. My zori were purple as well but you probably know them since I've worn them a few times.
For hair, I made two braids that I tied in circles and with some small floral ornaments it made a very countryside feel.
After I finished shooting my pictures and was about to leave, I was approached several times for photos with visitors, including a half dozen grandmas who didn't want to let me go! I had to spend a like twenty minutes to chat, take pictures with each and take pose for them. It was fun and it gave me confidence in myself. After my summer break in this project I wasn't comfortable with the idea of wearing a kimono in a super busy area (the garden is next to the Canal City shopping mall) and thanks to these people now I can walk in the city with confidence. Well I know that my fears will come back next month but compared with what I felt earlier this year I find I have made great progress.
See you next month！
|Rakusuien entrance, Fukuoka|