Back to Our Roots

Warning: This post is gonna be a jarbled one! Does the title reflect the content? Does the ending correlate with the photos? Eh, sorta not really. First post of the year here we go! Haha

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Getting outfitted in full traditional kimono was amongst my top things I wanted to do while in Japan :) The first tattoo I ever got was of a Japanese woman dressed in Kimono from a woodblock print that reminded me of artwork I grew up seeing in my maternal grandma’s house who was full Japanese. So it’s fair to say I find them very beautiful and interesting.

I researched beforehand and found this shop Yumeyakata in Kyoto. Navigating their site and sorting out our reservations was slightly tricky as everything was google translated from Japanese to English and made for it slightly hard to understand. Packages range and we went almost all out. I thought I had accurately subtotaled an estimate in US Dollars in my head but once we were rung up in Yen you could say it was major sticker shock. Oh well, it was an experience and it was worth it!

Taking photos or recording of any kind was prohibited but I snuck this quick phone shot of our dressers helping us pick out our kimonos and accessories.

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It took nearly an hour to get completely wrapped up, tucked in, and knotted in our outfits. We paid to get our hair done up but opted out of the traditional geisha-esque makeup. Ha, can you imagine us with white face makeup cruisin the streets?

The building was about 5 stories. Each phase of the makeover had us ascending to a new floor. It was quite the orchestrated process and made for a really fun and exciting experience. Every employee in the shop spoke pretty limited english so we kind of just got whisked from floor to floor quickly amongst a lot of spoken words we didn’t understand.

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i forgot to mention that along with the makeover we also booked a photoshoot with a photographer. Something unlike anything we had ever done before but I thought it would make for a cool experience and we’d get some souvenir photos to take home.

We met our photographer in the lobby and hailed a cab to our first shoot location. It was in the contract agreement with the shop that we had to cover the costs of any cab or transportation as well as lunch for the photographer.

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First stop was the cute little district of Gion.

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Eilieen! Our photographer was from Taiwan and both her Japanese and English was excellent. It was nice to be able to speak English with someone that also could easily navigate the language barrier for us with the locals we ran into.

Now just a bunch of photos of us in our outfits! :))))

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We stopped at this French restaurant for lunch at Eileen’s recommendation and I have to say it was quite an uh eclectic plate of food. French fries, white rice, pesto chicken?

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Spotted this pupper on the way to our last photo spot and we had Eileen ask his owner if we could take our picture with him.

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People write wishes on each of these little colorful balls.

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A short and sweet one, today. No anecdotal message or metaphor with the intent to inspire. Just a handful of photos of us dressed up on a day I will look back on with such good memories. 2019 has already started with some bumps and while it is tempting to say that 2018 sucked, it really didn’t. A lot of really great things happened last year, especially and including being able to cross Japan off the number one spot on my bucket list. While the year ended with some really difficult and unfortunate happenings, I am going to try to resist the urge to let it overshadow the span of the entire year.

I’ve been jotting down little happenings in my planner each day, both good and bad. A bullet journal of sorts. It’s a good way so far of already seeing the good amongst the bad. I hope this coming year is one of much growth, happiness, and discovery for each of you.

As always thanks for stopping by.

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