Monday, June 7, 2010
What's a Kimono? Well, looking at the Kanji, 着物, the first character (ki) means to wear and the second (mono) means thing. So, to put it simply, it's just something to wear!
Although everyone in Japan wore Kimonos in the past. I only see a few people walking around in them here. Kimonos are very expensive. Then there is the Yukata, which is like a Kimono but with less layers of cloth and less expensive ;) and both are only worn for special occasions. Fortunately, I got to try on a kimono at an AFS tea ceremony. Unfortunately, my camera died once the ceremony started.
But to start, we first had to put on a certain undergarment. Then following, the main part, and then a thick sash across the waist (which reminded me of a corset).
At the beginning of the ceremony, all of us AFSers sat down on the tatami (traditional Japanese) mat, in the traditional style (seiza). Seiza, is a way of sitting down on a tatami mat, kneeling with your feet crossed underneath you.
I lost feeling in my feet after sitting like this for seven minutes.
And a few of us had trouble standing up after it.
But, during the ceremony, we were served green tea in bowls. (Which, was served facing us. Therefore, when we received the tea we had to turn the bowl twice clockwise so the front was facing away from us while we were drinking). Also, whenever we had to bow during the ceremony, it literally was on hands and knees.
Well, guess that's all for now! :)