So I made soda bread last night from a recipe I found online. It got too toasted on the outside and not cooked on the inside and didn’t taste too much like soda bread. My Irish side wept. Is there anyone out there that has a really good soda bread recipe?
March Fo(u)rth for GM’s Day!
Today is national GM’s Day. How are you celebrating?
On April 26, I’ll be participating in the sixth annual WCS Run for the Wild, a 5K run/walk at the Bronx Zoo. This year’s event is dedicated to African elephants. Help me by making a donation today :)
This April 26th-27th the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens will be hosting its annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom) festival. Every year I like to go in a yukata, but this year I decided to buy an actual kimono and go in style.
If you would like to as well, but don’t know the first thing about kimonos there are a lot of resources out there. I have compiled a few helpful sites to have you visiting the festival in style.
First you need to know which kimono to wear.
Wikipedia has a great guide to kimonos here. For Sakura Matsuri which kimono you go in depends on how formal you want to look, how old you are, and your relationship status (I’m not kidding).
if you are going casual a light yukata is perfect. Anyone can wear them and they are a bit easier to put on. They are usually made out of cotton and thus pretty inexpensive. In the picture above I am wearing a yukata.
If you are unmarried you can can wear a long sleeved furisode.
Once you get married you change to a tomesode.
Where to buy a kimono
I have found that ebay has a wide selection of inexpensive used kimonos. Many will be sold with very minor wear and tear. As long as you buy from a seller with high feedback and good images of the kimono, you can get a really nice deal. I got this kimono and obi set for $24.99 and it is in excellent condition.
The two sellers I watch are:
If you live in NYC and don’t mind spending more you can always visit Kimono House at 131 Thompson Street, between Houston and Prince Street. They have a pretty good selection of everything you will need and are always willing to help you learn how to wear the kimono.
How to put it on
Putting on a kimono is probably the hardest part. There are a lot of freat youtube videos to get you started:
How to Dress Yukata & Kimono by Ichiroya
How to wear a casual kimono
Kyoto Kimono has a lot of good guides
There are a lot of different ways to tie the obi. These sites give you some ideas:
How to tie an Obi
Lastly a few tips to remember:
The kimono crosses left over right. The other way is only for the dead.
Unless you are a prostitute don’t wear your obi knot in the front.Kimonos are not for cleavage. Your kimono should be closed to the hollow of your throat, and your collarbones should be hidden.
There should be some room between the back of your neck and the collar.
There is plenty of info out there. I don’t claim to be an expert. This is just a simple guide to get you started. I hope it helps. If you have any questions or suggestions let me know.
Are you going to Sakura Matsuri?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I found a great site that does cross-stitch patterns for videogames so I made my valentine this Zelda themed card.
You can find patterns like this at: Sprite Stitch
We tried out Tales of Arabian Nights the other day. We laughed, we cried, we sighed at our inevitable next turns trapped in prison, wounded, and crazy, cursed to wander the land under someone else’s control.
We had a blast.
Just tried Super Fight for the first time.
It’s like Cards Against Humanity shit a rainbow in my brain.