May 9, 2012


As part of my Chanoyu education I have been practising the art of putting on kimono (kitsuke).  Kimono today was the end result of the kosode from the Kamakura period. It started as an undergarment and evolved to its current form since then.
  The main part I find that helps me in Chanoyu is the obi. It keeps my back straight and prevents me from slouching over. There are many different ways to tie the obi. Some are meant for a particular age group or time in ones life.  For these images I am wearing a Michiyuki, a "rain coat". I decided to wear it as it was a bit chilly out, it did the trick.
      For kimono it is traditional to wear tabi socks which have a split toe to wear sandals. In the second image I am wearing 2.5 inch approx. high geta, they are a bit hard to walk in.
       I really enjoy wearing kimono and hope to share my kitsuke with you all here on Tea Journey and over at Split/Gender (My Art blog). Keep an eye out for random posts with kitsuke snapshots and a little history about kimono.



  1. Greetings , If you would like,I will send you some different kinds of incense to try. put where to send it on my email and I can send you some stuff . my email is I will send you a stick or two of about five or six different kinds from different brands so you can get a good idea of what differences are like with styles and companies. I will send different aloeswood incenses, since that is all I ever burn. I prefer aloeswood over sandalwood even though some I have are aloeswood and sandalwood together in blends. I hope you will enjoy them. it takes a while to really tell how good certain ones are until you have been burning high end incenses and smelling the wood quality compared to others.

  2. Greetings, I put together a half dozen different aloeswood blend incenses for you. I recommend sitting and meditating with each one to get the full depth of the fragrance. keep the incense no further than a couple feet from you to be able to capture the scent completely. in Japan they call this listening to the incense. I hope you enjoy these selections. Blessings

  3. Greetings, I sent you the package today. you should see it next week . Enjoy!!!!

  4. KingKoh,
    thank you again! I eagerly await them.

  5. Greetings, the box label will be from L.A. Outback and I marked each brand and selection. I also made each stick into thirds, so that you can try a little at a time. each piece should give you a 7 to 10 minute burn time. Blessings!


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