Still drawing… I haven’t had much time good lighting, but I got this drawing done: a little mermaid girl with her small sea otter friend.
The Mystery. The Legend. The Mystery Vintage Tourist Hakama.
If you have any clue what these are, feel free to comment. I’m trying to fish for info… You can click through to view the photos and comments on Flickr; comments are also enabled here.
BACKGROUND: One of grandma’s friends brought these back from Japan a LONG time ago. When she died- well over a decade ago, I think?- I inherited these and her crocheting supplies. I’d forgotten about them until now, but I found them in a box when cleaning.
THEY APPEAR TO BE HAKAMA.
At the time I inherited these, I knew NOTHING about kimono, but grandma insisted that they were from Japan, and showed me how to put them on- they go on about the same way that normal hakama go on, BUT they are tied with short ties and what seem to resemble brassiere-hooks on straps. ;_; (No, seriously. Check out the closeups.)
The fabric is some sort of fake- polyester?- and has wild, Hawaiian-looking patterns on it (although they could theoretically be Taisho-style patterns? things got wild then!) But these seem to me to be sort of the equivalent of an antique cosplay faumono Hawaiian t-shirt. Or something. They’re *probably* from the 50′s or 60′s, which is when she would have probably been traveling, but I’m not sure. (On a side-not, I’m also curious how grandma knew how to put them on, but that’s probably best left unanswered. #DontWantToPictureGrandmaIn60sCosplay)
But, for want of something better to call them, I’ve been calling them “tourist hakama”- even though the “tourist”/”export” wafuku items I’ve seen so far have been consigned entirely to the “yukata, fauxmono and accessories” categories. But I know that these did come from Japan, and I later found out that hakama are put on the same way (although the straps on these are VERY simplified.)
It’s also worth noting that the “sides” on the outsides of the legs are completely open, but the fabric is so wide that the overlap covers everything. (I don’t know if it shows up well in the pictures- just picture the side-vents in normal riding-hakama going down all the way to the ankles, but the fabric on the legs being so big that you can’t really see it when worn.)
I’m not sure if it comes through in the photos, but the inner yellow of the yellow blossoms is SO bright neon-yellow that it actually has green tints and is flourescent-looking. (Imagine if someone drew on a white kimono with a yellow highlighter marker… ;__;)
I’m guessing that the flowers are camelia?
Any info on these would be appreciated… I’ve never seen something quite like them, and while I’m at least vaguely sure that they aren’t traditional/typical wafuku, I’m curious to know more.
Restored from an old, archived entry from one of my purged blogs. Since a thread about hime-cuts came up at a forum, I though it might be useful to repost this.
I cut my hair Hime-Cut style a while back, and I thought I’d make some notes about it, since I haven’t seen that many English-language references on it by people who have actually worn it.
DISCLAIMER: These are my personal experiences with the hime-cut; yours may vary.
My Experiences with the Hime-Cut
* If you cut your hair hime-style, and you have a “cow-lick” (or, your hair normally “wants” to part at a certain place) then carefully combing it into the right direction day after day WILL NOT cure your cowlick. You’re stuck with it, and can either adapt the hairstyle to it (which may mess up the even lines) or use hairspray/water to fix it in place while combing. If your cowlick is near to the side of your face, the hime-cut bangs part will “migrate” over the course of a few days. Instead of your bangs being |||||||||| or ////–\\\\ they could end up being //////-\\. Which doesn’t look that nice. x_x
* The “sideburns” are great ear-warmers. The hime-cut is great for winter, and the sideburns will keep your ears warm (especially at night, when sleeping.)
How to mass-convert BB code for images and urls into normal HTML- and back again.
I sometimes post things I’ve posted at forums onto my blog, but the two sorts of sites- blogs and forums- use different input code for posting the same things. If you have a text editor with a find-and-replace function, though (most of the basic ones do!) it’s possible to mass-convert whole posts of images and links back and forth.
It’s important that you do these steps in the right order, or parts of the code will be messed up.
Beneath is a list of things you want to find and replace to convert BB code to HTML in a typical image-oriented post with linked thumbnails; find the text on the top line in each pair and replace it with the text beneath it: