Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mingeikan Museum

I came upon this website about the Mingeikan museum and was interested in the textiles. However the more I looked into the site, I wante to share some of the images on my blog along with a link to the site. Ienjoyed viewing the kimono, coats, other textiles, statues, and information on the site.

The Mingeikan Museum (Japan Folk Art Museum) is located in Tokyo, Japan. The museum was founded by Yanagi Muneyoshi (aka Yangi Soetsu).

Although the museum opened in 1936, the movement to rescue common crafts in Japan that was overlooked during the industrieal revolution. Most of the collection is from the Edo Period (1603 - 1867) and Meiji Period (1868 to 1912).

Yangi, Hamado Shoji, and Kawai Kanijiro coined the term "Mingei."

All of the following was retrieved from the Mingei Musuem and from the Edo period.

Haori or half coats made of deerskin

Dyed Cloths

Bingata Dyeing Method-Okinawa Islands

Bingata dyed kimono

Kimono with family crest 18-19th century

If you would like to see more of their collection and learn more about the museum, visit their website at: http://www.mingeikan.or.jp/english/index.html

Greetings Family,
I have been a way for some time.  I plan on cleaning up my blog and add great pics and information.
Thank you,

Sunday, May 11, 2008

1934 Color movie of a Geisha's preparation

A small production I located on the outstanding blog Voyages Extraordinaire...

"I did not lie when I talked about geisha and sakura... Does it get more stereotypically Japanese than these videos? The first was filmed in 1934, but it could be practically any time, as the subject matter is timeless. First we see the serenity of geisha in the bloom of spring, sailing along a treelined canal beneath the pink blossoms of the sakura. Then we see the extensive preparations that go into transforming a girl into a geisha. "

To visit this amazing site, please head towards:

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Dressing in a Junihitoe (Royal Japanese Kimono from Heian)

Per the narrative on YouTube...

This is a woman being dressed in a junihitoe, which is my favorite type of kimono (and possibly my favorite type of clothing.)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Gion Project - Cherry Blossom Dance Festival

A performance recently conducted in the Kaburenjio sim, in Second Life.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Flickr Group SL Kimono Presents: Dizzy Sparrow

I am happy to present Miss Dizzy Sparrow. Although Miss Sparrow only have two photo submissions, I think her photos speak volumes about the lighting, the color, the back ground/setting, an the mood.
Street Kimono
Street Kimono

Kimono 2
Kimono 2

If you like this photo and want to see more, please stop by either the Flickr Group: SL Kimono, or Dizzy Sparrow's Flickr site.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Flickr SL Kimono Group Presents Hatsune Yoshikawa

Miss Hatsune Yoshikawa is one of the early photo presenters in the Flickr SL Kimono Group. She is a designer and owns "Flower and Willow" with several store locations in Second Life. The photos in this post are Miss Yoshikawa's Flicker SL Kimono Group submissions which are of a few of her beautiful designs.

Contemplation by the fountain
Contemplation by the fountain

Maiko Hatsune

Maiko Hatsune

Coquettish Hatsune
Coquettish Hatsune

"One of the pictures I took while posing for some new vendor boards. I just loved the coquettish and playful look Hatsune has in this shot and had to save it! "

In the Snow

In the Snow
"This was a picture taken for the winter classified ad/shop listing. That's Hatsune all dolled up as a junior maiko in her wareshinobu hair with December kanzashi, scarlet hexagons hikizuri and winter morning parasol. The lovely skin was made by Kyoko Mikita <3"

Thank you Miss Yoshikawa for your beautiful picture submissions. To see more Flickr Group: SL Kimono member pictures click Flicker Group: SL Kimono, or Hatusune Yoshikawa's name to see more of her beautiful pictures. To get more information regarding her fasionsion you can visit her blog at Flower and Willow which has a listing of her stores and see more posts about the fashions she offers.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Real Life Geishas

This is a National Geographic clip of an episode titled "Real Life Geishas"

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

M A S A Y O : The Look

M A S A Y O : The Look, originally uploaded by mboogiedown.

This is mboogiedown's flickr post of a geiko Masayo of Gion Higashi.

Mboogiedown explains that the geisha is on a float as a part of the Hanagasa Kyoretsu, one of the many festivities that celebrate Gion Matsuri.

Mboogiedown has many great real world geisha pictures that are really worth viewing. You can see here pictures at: http://flickr.com/photos/mboogiedown/

Friday, December 7, 2007

I've been tagged: 8 Random Facts

I have been tagged!

Yes, by our adventurous SL blogger friend Eppie Hock of Eppie's Corner ! *smiles
She tagged me so that I would provide you 8 interesting things about me! lol!

Here are the rules:

(1) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

(2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.

(3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

(4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

My eight random facts:

1. I love a little of everything: music, art, culture, technology, movies, crafts, etc (when time allows).

2. I love learning. I know this is a broad statement, but I didn't want to bore you with the details for right now. lol!

3. I tend to support the underdog......perhaps it is because I have been one, and overcome them inspite what predictions and odds are. This made me think of the weather....you know, I just may cheer good old sunshine on if the weatherman predicted a 70 percent chance of rain. giggles

4. I love the experience of meeting really great down to earth (excuse the pun) people in SL from all over the world.

5. I appreciate the people who have encouraged me to follow my dream....but I suppose I should also thank the nay sayers (but not as much) because theyindirectly inspired me to meet my expectation and exceed theirs. *smiles.

6. I love the simple things. I know that this will mean different things to different people.

7. I love the classic black and white movies and actors (The Charlie Chan, Bowery Boys, Bette Davis, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstien, Werewolves, Mummies, Abbott and Costello, Dean and Jerry, Mae West, Bella Lagosi, Lon Chaney, Price, Plummer, Lee).

8. I love comedy....most of it anyway.

So there. Maybe there is something interesting in this post about me! *smile

I am going to tag: Rafael, Cherry Tokyo, Auberginefleur, Brangus Weir,dandellion, Cap'n Zori Fancypants, Skusting Dagger, Roxette Wise


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ayaka Hirahara  こころ Beautiful Kimono

This is a youtube slide show video of a kimono fashion show. The kimonos look beautiful and the mood is feels elegant.
video by: yoshiyuki2236

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SL Kimono Group Presents: Rythmnmuse!

Update, many of the Milla's pictures were no loger available, but you can still view her beautiful pictures at the link below!

I am happy to present our Flickr SL-Kimono Group member Rythmnmuse aka Milla Alexandre! I absolutely love the way Milla has used lighting and textures in her pictures.

So relax, take your time and enjoy the pictures! lol!

This set of pics is called "Rezzable Hallucinogen - as Misha."

Milla captions under her photos, " Incredible sim...it is as if falling into a dream of haunting ethereal quality. I 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my presentation of Milla's picture's as much as I have! I am still working on that historical RL/SL piece....RL has kept me a busy bee!bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
If you would like to see more of Rythmnmuse's work (and I suggest you do! lol), click: Rythmnmuse's photos.

To see more Flickr SL-Kimono Group pictures please click: Flickr SL-Kimono Group.

The Flickr SL-Kimono Group Members produce and submit fantastic kimono pictures.

I would also suggest you check out Felony Fabre's Flickr Group: Second Life Secrets of the Orient.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Celebrity Look-alikes

This is a cool website that my Flickr friends shared.
Yes, Wesley Snipes is my celebrity look alike! ROFL!
Go to My Heritage Face Recognition to find your celebrity look alikes.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Maiko or geisha putting on face make-up in Kyoto

This yet another good Youtube post of a young woman applying Geisha makeup.

I posted this to share the many steps, time, and art of her tranformation into the Geisha look.

Monday, October 15, 2007


I am proud to present Oola Neruda's kimono pics that is posted in the Flickr group, SL Kimono.

The pictures and poetry below is directly taken from the Flickr SL Kimono Group (click name to go to site).

(Forgive my formatting the poem quots. *smiles)

Please go to that site if you'd like to see the entire SL Kimono Flickr group pictures.

To see more of Oola's Flickr work exclusively, click Oola Nuruda.

In some of Oola's kimono pictures, she has include poems to share a mood or thought.

Geisha Dance

geisha dance
Someone has picked all our flowers

That's okay
There's more where those came from
We have no music to buy
We have our heart beats
to dance to
We aren't afraid to be different
We know where our differences lie
& our love tells the truth
Whose mournful cries are these?
Whose yelps of approval?
When will our howls be answered?
Where is the rest of our pack?

Time is stuck on now
because now is
the only time that counts
We're eye ballers
always looking to get an eyeful
We leave no broken hearts or heads behind
We invite them along
We 're the connection
We're the trip
Something clicks when we come together
We don't just read or write poetry
We are poetry

There's nothing exclusive about us
We say what everyone wants
but is afraid to say out loud
Our eyes are kind of wild
We know how to make ourselves at home
We're a cloudburst of delight
pouring ourselves out under love's spell
We're joy riders of the roaring sunrise
We're what nothing can stop
Death won't live long enough to see
the fire go out of our eyes
Steve Toth


Two Geishas

the geishas

fashion 7

fashion 7

Silohette 4