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vol.17 "What will my mother wear for the graduation ceremony?"

how do you do.
The other day, my daughter's university graduation ceremony ended successfully.

I thought the coronavirus would calm down and of course my parents would be able to attend, but...
Surprisingly, we have been informed that parents are not allowed to attend! ! !
No, I was really ready to come out, but I'm so sad (crying)
I've worked hard to raise my daughter for the past 22 years, but it's so cruel that I can't celebrate my daughter's sunny days (crying).

So, although I couldn't attend the ceremony, I rushed to the front of the school with a bouquet of flowers (lol)

Of course, my daughter attended wearing a KAPUKI hakama.
My plan was to wear a dyed furisode that was the same as the one I wore at the coming-of-age ceremony, but
It's good to be different after all! I chose Nishioka Chidori's black and white long-sleeved kimono and black hakama.
(I have not rented this coordination yet, but I will rent it from next year)
I'm an idiot, but it really suited me ❤︎

And here comes the main point.
What kimono should you wear to your child's graduation ceremony? This is a common question in the kimono industry.
In general, it seems that ``a modest kimono with a garnish or plain color is best.''
At a graduation ceremony where the child is the main character, it is best for parents not to stand out too much.
Yes, that's right.

However, I have always wondered how well people who don't usually wear kimono understand the kimono category.

“Is this a tack? Is this a visiting uniform?”
“Is it okay to wear a kimono with a small pattern?”
“What kind of obi and accessories should I match?”

And so on, when it comes to wearing them, I sometimes feel full of anxiety.
There may be some people who don't know what the right answer is and are discouraged by the idea of ​​choosing clothes.

Yes, this is just my personal opinion, so please read it as a reference only.

The school my children attended from elementary school to high school had a very liberal school culture, with no uniforms and students wearing their own clothes.
Children decided on school rules such as hair color and earrings, and it was a school that valued independence.
Since it's the school's graduation ceremony, the children are dressed in a variety of colors.
Some kids even attended dressed up as Super Mario!
At such a fun graduation ceremony, it is completely nonsense to talk about kimono categories.
What is important is the feeling of celebrating your child's growth.
So, I think it's important to fit in with the occasion when it comes to what you wear.
This varies greatly depending on the school atmosphere and regional characteristics.
I think only the person himself/herself knows whether or not it stands out too much on the spot.
Isn't that a good thing to judge for yourself? (Sorry for the throwing spear)
For example, people who come to attend a ceremony wearing clothes would not be told that this is not acceptable or that this is OK, right?
There are suits, dresses, and many stylish mothers wearing jackets and pants.
When it comes to kimono, you are bound by the rules of kimono!
Who decided such a rule? I started breathing a little hard.

So, please take a look at the photos from the KAPUKI style graduation ceremony for your reference.

This is my son's middle school graduation ceremony.
My son wants to wear a denim kimono! So, here's a matching look ❤︎
In a sense, this was my everyday wear (lol)
There was no problem with attending in a denim kimono.

This is a photo of my friend wearing it to her graduation ceremony.
My daughter wants to wear KAPUKI black denim at her elementary school graduation ceremony! So,
This is also a matching coordination for parent and child.
The daughter tied an antique obi into a stand arrow, and the mother wore an obi belt.
I have never seen such a cute parent and child!
And the smiles of these two say it all ❤︎

This was my son's high school graduation ceremony last year.
My son has grown taller, and the kimono he wore in junior high school is a little shorter, so
I wore a denim kimono as a coat.
What I wore was a torn fan's visiting uniform.
I introduced this in my last blog , but it was meant to express cheers to my son who is about to embark on his journey.

And the coordination for this year's daughter's graduation ceremony, which I posted at the beginning.
A kimono with a small dragon crest is paired with a Kyoto bag belt with a lightning bolt drawn in gold leaf.

At first glance, some people may think that this coordination is too stylish.
Is it suitable for a graduation ceremony? I can almost hear you say that,
I thought about the coordination here with my own feelings of celebrating my daughter's departure.
This kimono and obi were not custom-made for my daughter's graduation ceremony.
These are the ones that I use on a regular basis.
The reason I chose this one out of all is that my daughter was born in the year of the Dragon, 2000.
Yes, this is definitely the kimono I will wear to my daughter's graduation ceremony! That's what I thought.

The graduation ceremony was held around the time of the 24 solar terms.
Keisei refers to the time in spring when insects that have been hibernating for the winter come out of the soil.
It is said that this is the time of year when spring thunderstorms are most likely to occur, and people in the past wore kimonos with lightning patterns to scare away the insects.
I happened to come across such an article and found out that this obi is the only obi that goes with this kimono!
Also, the relationship between the artist Satoshi Suzuki who drew this lightning and the dragon!
(This is going to be too long, so I'll save it for another time.)

What to wear to the graduation ceremony.
There's nothing wrong with wearing a denim kimono, whether it's a kimono with a tuck or a solid color, a small pattern, or a denim kimono, right?

Of course, I've heard people say things like, ``My school doesn't suit me,'' or ``I might not be as good as the people around me.''
If so, I think it would be best to wear a kimono that fits the occasion.
And above all, it is important that it suits you.
(Pink floral patterns don't suit me lol)

I think it's okay to prioritize your own taste over the kimono category.
If you are still worried, please come to KAPUKI.
I’ll give you a pat on the back ❤︎

By the way.
I thought this dragon crest kimono was made with a lining (lined), but it turned out to be a single kimono (no lining) (lol)
I thought it would be cold to wear single clothes at this time of year, but on this day, the maximum temperature was close to 20 degrees.
It was a very warm day, so we had a comfortable time.
And even though I was wearing a single coat, I didn't cause any trouble to anyone.
There are no rules for kimono. .
Ah, please excuse me today.

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