During my time in Japan, we went to Yokohama (a city an hour away from Tokyo) to visit my grandma’s friend of 55 years and her husband.
My grandmother’s friend Atsue handmakes kimono’s and she handmade me two kimonos.
They are so beautiful, one of the kimono’s is a yukata (which is a casual summer kimono) and the other kimono is a lot thicker with many layers and is used for formal purposes.
This is the kimono used for formal purposes, look how beautiful this is!
This was handmade. Kimono’s are an art.
So beautiful, it makes me feel so proud of my heritage.
Kimonos are worn for many occasions, even during weddings, they have been around since the Heian Period in Japan which is from the year 794.
When wearing kimonos, their are specific ways you need to put on each layer. The kimono has to be wrapped onto your body a certain way.
(This is Atsue San, my grandma’s friend of 55 years and the lady that handmade me these kimonos)
Like I mentioned before there are many many many layers. haha
To the point where you feel stiff when walking around or sitting down.
This process takes a while, more than you would really think!
Then finally ta-da!
The Obi (the belt of the kimono) can be wrapped and tied in many ways.
This is how Atsue San folded my obi, this is very very difficult to do!
This is Hirofumi San, Atsue San’s husband.
My brother Andre and I.
Hirofumi San, Atsue San and I.
Aren’t they so cute?! I call them my Yokohama Ojiichan and Obaachan (grandpa and grandma).
Then, I tried the yukata (as mentioned before, the casual kimonos worn during summer).
This time my obi was yellow and folded in a bow, so cute right?!
My family with Hirofumi San and Atsue San.
I cannot begin to thing how blessed I am to have been able to receive two handmade kimonos and to experience my Japanese culture in an even more traditional sense.
ありがとうHirofumi San and Atsue San ♡
Akarenga (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)♡
Akarenga also known as the Yokohama Red Brick House, is a place I have been going for several years because of family friends that have taken me.
Look how cute and festive it was for Christmas!!
- Akarenga is a warehouse near the Yokohama port.
- There are two brick houses, One is a museum and the other is filled with small shops and restaurants.
- In 1911 the first Brick House was built and then later in 1913 the second Brick House was built.
Taking selfies outside haha
We went inside and did a little shopping ♡
and later had lunch inside the brick house, there are many restaurants in the brick house. We ate at the food court.
This was my yummy lunch, I had sashimi donburi (donburi which literally means bowl in Japanese) and miso soup.
Cup Noodle Museum ♡
We went to the Cup Noodle Museum and we got to make our own cup ramens!!!
Andre and I were so excited!!!
To the left is Andre’s and to the right is mine 🙂 I put little narutos that had cute birds on them 🙂 (naruto is a cured fish).
After making our cup noodles we got to put them in bags, so that’s me showing off the cup noodle I made, loud and proud 🙂 haha
Then on later floors they had the history of how the first cup ramen was made and it was actually a very educational and inspiring experience!
I would recommend for you to go if you ever have time to visit Yokohama:)
Thank you Yokohama ♡
Yokohama is a city I have grown to love very much.
またね Yokohama ♡（see you)
With so much love,