I play the piano, but I don't play the Japanese harp (koto).
I play the flute, but I don't play the Japanese flute (shakuhachi).
I play the violin, but I don't play the shamisen (three stringed Japanese instrument).
I love coffee, but I cannot serve Japanese green tea in a proper, authentic way.
I love flowers, but I didn't take any lessons of Japanese flower arrangement.
What am I? Where am I from?
Questioning myself, I have recently set my goals of this year.
One of them is... to be able to do something very Japanese.
So, I tried to wear kimono by myself.
As a matter of fact, the majority of Japanese girls nowadays are not able to wear kimono, not summer yukata, by themselves. When we have to wear kimono for formal occasions, we have to go to beauty salon to do our hair, and to put on OBI, a wide belt for kimono, which usually take 2-3 hours, or $200-$300.
During the New Year's vacation, I came by my parents' place and asked Mom to teach me how to tie obi. First of all, Mom did obi to show me how. I untied obi and tried again and again... And finally, I managed!=Photo left.
I also kept practicing to do obi by myself. At home I wrapped cushions with obi and... Yes, I did it!
So, now what?
I need to go out somewhere to show off my beautiful kimono and beautifully tied obi!!